Broken down in Mexico:
A week ago we lost clutch fluid and hardly made it back to the hotel. No problem, Ill add fluid and bleed it tomorrow. The next day I find the clutch fluid bleed valve rusted shut. Not good, I dont want to break the thing in Mexico!
Ive had to add fluid every day now for the last week but today we had to cancel the trip to the beach. Clutch fluid may be cheap but now I cant even make it out to the street without loosing the clutch, no fun. While traveling long term in Mexico or any foreign country its sometimes good to get to know the local people around you. Mari, the day person at the hotel has a cousin that brings her kids to the pool some days. Her husband Christian pulls up in a jeep wrangler and I find out hes a mechanic. There are a lot of auto mechanics here in the Baja, Im sure partly out of pure need. Just an hour ago Christian drives our jeep to a shop at his house, not easy without a clutch, I followed in his truck. He jacks it up and we both crawl under, same conclusion, blown slave cylinder. You can tell even when you dont 100% understand the language when someone is absolutely confident in a task. Christian is replacing the slave cylinder and the hydraulic lines. He drives me home. With fingers crossed were back at the hotel, cocktails in hand and likin life. We keep saying to our selfs What if this happened in the middle of BFE? then we toast! ?
Another normal day starting off in Todos Santos except our jeep still isnt in its stall just outside our door. Cristian our mechanic said it would be 3 or 4 days but now its day 5 and were getting anxious. First thing when Mari gets to work that day she says to me (this is what I pick up) Cristian
. Cristian Jeep ready later today Fire Up, minutes later he pulls up in the jeep. Hes just out testing it and wants me to check it out. Sweeet, it felt like a new clutch. He tells me that after he got it all back together the first time he finds theres no clutch so he did another road trip to La Paz to get a total clutch kit. Its all done, he just needs to torque everything and do a last check, smiling.
mexico jeep adventure 2005