Over the past weekend I stopped at Lowe’s to pick up paint for my Coleman Stove Project which was part of my gearing up for S.C.A.R.R. When I came out this Discovery was sitting next to me. With the parking lot nearly empty parking directly next to me meant this guy must be an enthusiast. So I scribbled a note inviting the driver to check out my blog and to keep in touch as we were forming a Land Rover Club, Red Dirt Rovers, and invited them to check out our Google Community.
Later that day I got an email from John Joyce the owner of the Discovery. He has reached out to me with a couple of emails and I look forward to meeting him at S.C.A.R.R.
His rig looks well used. Seeing this Discovery next to me in the lot has told me I’m pretty sure if I ever get another Land Rover it will be a Discovery I. So much awesome in such a little package. Like anyone I’d love to have a classic Series 2a but for a daily driver that is probably not a realistic nor practical option.
I piddled with the rear lift gate last night in the driveway. The latch doesn’t seem to want to latch properly. I got it lubed up and got it closed properly. But I’ll have to watch it.
Today I was researching the power steering pump replacement. I ordered a new one it and will have it for this weekend. I also ordered Oxygen Sensors and will replace them this weekend as well. So naturally when I pull in to the parking lot at work I hear the muffler giving me that lovely rattling sound. It was accompanied by a whistle sound as well. So it looks like a new muffler is in order.
I had the one that is on her replaced just two years ago almost to the month. I wrote about it in the post, “CAN IT GET ANY LOUDER IN HERE?” I took the Range Rover to a shop on Lincoln Boulevard. The shop has been on Lincoln for at least 14 years that I can remember. Sure enough, they went under about 6 months ago. Not that I expected them to warranty the muffler but I would have leveraged him hard to give me a break on a replacement.
So now I’m frustrated with another dead muffler. The original went 150,000 miles without a single complaint. Replacements falling off after just a couple of years is ludicrous. What happened to quality workmanship? So determined to get a muffler that would be under warranty I sourced a local shop in Norman that could provide a Magnaflow.
I stopped by on the way home and got a new muffler welded in. I stopped at Performance Muffler in downtown Norman. The staff were awesome. They let me be in the shop area. That always scores big points for me. I showed the crew what I thought were issues.
When I am in a specialist’s shop I don’t tell them anything I can’t back up with 100% accuracy. They are experts and the last thing they need from some guy off the street is for that guy to start spouting complete bullshit.
So I show them what was going on and described it to the best of my ability.
They were quick to point out the muffler was “wheezing”. Basically a vacuum is crushing the muffler. The outside looked like when you squeeze a beer can, wrinkled and creased. I told them I wanted a Magnaflow. He had the one I needed in stock and put James to work on it immediately.
It has a LIFETIME WARRANTY. So the next time I have trouble I’m getting a new one. The truck has that nice throaty sound to it now and we’ll see if the added horsepower they claim I will get will translate into some fuel economy.
Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.
3 Replies to “Land Rover at Lowe’s and a New Muffler (Post #461) 3/11/2014”
Here is a link(if i did this right) of me having some fun with my rover on the ice at work. You can really here the sweet cherry bomb with the new tail pipe
That’s awesome Matt. Chive on Matt, Chive on.