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Old 01-11-2009, 06:51 AM   #1
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Broke down at 45 below (long)

It seemed like a good idea at the time. My wife said “Let’s go to Fairbanks and visit Zach and Danielle”. That would be my oldest son, and his wife, whose birthday would fall on this weekend. Fairbanks is 350 miles from our home near Anchorage. This is a fair distance, even in Alaska. There are stretches of road where you don’t see a building in over 60 miles, and we are in the middle of historical cold snap. It was 13 below here, and 45 below in Fairbanks.

We were taking our four kids, and two dogs. We could theoretically all fit in my wife’s new F-150, but we decided that I would drive my SVT, allowing us to stretch out. I won’t go into detail, but this was by far the toughest drive we’ve had, and we were pretty well spent after our 7 hour drive. I made the fateful comment “Let’s just check in. I’ll plug the vehicles in tomorrow.”

The next morning I plugged in the truck without a problem, except the outer layer of the extension cord crumbled like ice when I stretched the cord out. Then I went to my cold, cold car…and found out that my hood wouldn’t release! I pulled as hard as I dared, but it wouldn’t budge. Without much of hope, I tried to start it, it tried valiantly, but it cranked slowly until the battery died.

I bought a kerosene heater, and brought it back to the car. 60,000 BTUs melted the snow from the front of the car, but didn’t even melt the frost off of the hood. I called it quits after an hour and a half. The next day I had it towed to a self help auto shop on Fort Wainwright. After 40 minutes the hood opened like there had never been a problem. A technician found that my batteries had frozen almost solid. Several hours later the battery cells had thawed, and the battery was charged.
I backed out of the bay and was heading for the overhead door, thinking about the drive home, when I heard a loud pop. Soon I was being wave to a stop. A shop employee told me to pull back forward, as my car was leaking fluid. Up on jack stands, a tech found out the problem; the right seal on the rack and pinion had failed, dumping power steering fluid. The shop was going to close in three hours, but the part store was closing in minutes. I wasn’t driving. I pulled out of the shop and parked it there.

I called my supervisor and told him I wouldn’t be to work the next day, and we went back to the hotel and checked back in. The next morning I tried to get the car towed, but every tow company had more cars than they could handle, with one reporting both of its trucks were down with hydraulic problems due to the cold. With no other choice we crammed into the truck and drove 6 hours home.
Two days later my car got towed, but all of the shops are about three weeks back-logged due to weather related breakdowns, and I’m still waiting on an estimate for repair. The big question is this; can they just replace a seal, or does the whole rack and pinion need replacing. All I see as a bright side to this is that the steering failed in a decent spot, as opposed to a middle of the road, middle of the night, and in the middle of the cold.


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Old 01-11-2009, 07:45 AM   #2
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Tough call.....steering racks are expensive. I'd probably go for a new or factory rebuilt rack.....reason being that internal rack seals are relatively hard to replace, and you stand a good chance of the thing leaking again if you just have the seals replaced.

I've never been in temperatures that low, and don't want to be. Obviously the Focus doesn't like it either.
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:19 AM   #3
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i had to have mine replaced. the problem was it was easier to have a newer one put in than to disect the old one! it was cheaper to put a new one it! it cost me 500
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wow. that sucks!
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:17 AM   #5
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I'd rather be hot in hell than cold in Alaska, even if the "Mavericks" up there CAN see Russia from their backyard
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may be you should let the block heater plug hang out the front of your hood encase your hood latch freezes again.
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may be you should let the block heater plug hang out the front of your hood encase your hood latch freezes again.
Oh yeah, I'll always leave the plug in out. I've driven in Alaska for 17 years, and this is the first time I've come across this problem. Consider it a lesson learned.

This may have been a response from my car after it overheard me planning to test drive a Mustang Bullit the dealership in Fairbanks had in stock. If the Mustang was driveable on the winter roads, I was planning on driving it home
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Here are a few pictures from the trip.

The gauge reads -40, but is maxed out. Temps were colder than indicated

This is Denali (aka; Mount McKinley) still hours away. We passed closest to it in the dark.

This is just a shot of some oncomming cars.

I didn't take any pictures of my broke down SVT.
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you must love living up there.... you must also love the cold.
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Wow I can hardly complain when it's 20 out and I think it's cold. Good luck with your car
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