This weekend was the end of the road for my trusty old Ce-RVix. Sent her off to a farm down the road. The final straw was Jen mentioning a noise coming from underneath the car the last time she took it out to the store. I drove around the block when we got back from the cottage and there was indeed a significant rattling. Didn't take long underneath the car to spot the rear drive shaft hanging off the mid hanger bearing. The u-joint connecting the shaft to the rear differential hadn't just failed, it had evaporated.
Enough. I was completely fed up. One of the guys at work has a son who works at a Honda dealership and he said that they see this quite a bit. And you have to replace the whole shaft, you can't just replace the failed joints.
I'd been a huge Honda cheerleader up until this year but this was just too much. These are disposable vehicles. I don't think I'll ever consider another Honda after this. There was no warning about the u-joint, no noise, it just disappeared.
So it's gone. Traded for the cost of 3 years of snowmobile storage. Not a great end. I do have to remind myself of all the trips and snowstorms it got me through. All the loads it hauled. I could have just removed the driveshaft and kept it as a front wheel drive vehicle. But I just wanted it gone. The space it took up was more valuable than the car itself.
And so ends the mighty Ce-RVix. Not with a bang but with a whimper. And a lot of rattling.