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On this page I want to thank all the mechanics who helped me to get back on the road with my numerous car breakdowns:
Jake and Jamie from Pioneer Auto in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
Pioneer Auto in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
Jake from Pioneer Auto working on my S10
Jamie from Pioneer Auto working on my S10
In 2009, just two days after I have left Pittsburgh, the wiper and blower gave both in while driving in heavy rain. Jake and Jamie dropped
everything in their garage to help me out and get me back on the road in an incredible short amount of time! Thank you so much for your
help! If you need a mechanic in Sioux City area, I can highly recommend these guys at 101 Gaul Drive!
My S10 at Pioneer Auto in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
Owner Greg from All Points Automotive (APA) in Mitchell, South Dakota
Greg from All Points Automotive in Mitchell, SD
In 2009 it happened: I needed a tow for the first time! A bearing at the driving belt got stuck. My spare driving belt wasn’t very useful
here. Greg helped my fast and very competent to get back on the road with just a minimum of delay. Great service, Greg, and keep up the
good work! All the best to you and your family! If you need a mechanic in Mitchell area, APA at 601 S. Burr St. is the place
to go! And be sure to say hello from this German guy with his white S10.
Greg from APA in Mitchell, South Dakota
Jason, Jeremy, Steve and owner Jim from OK4WD in Stewartsville, New Jersey
Jason, Jeremy, Steve and Jim, OK4WD Stewartsville, New Jersey
In 2007 the time was right: My little S10 should receive a lift kit.
OK4WD in Stewartsville, New Jersey, was willing to do the whole installation work and a
couple of additional repair work within the very tough time schedule of 3 days. Thanks again to all the guys for this great job!
88 S10 Blazer at OK4WD
Read more at 88 Chevy S10 BDS Lift Installation
Kyle and owner David from Wheatco Sales & Service in Wheatland, Wyoming
Kyle and David, Wheatco Sales & Service Wheatland, Wyoming
After 6000 miles on the road in 2007 my right rear axle seal gave in. David squeezed me into his full schedule and after 2 hours
I was able to hit the road! Thanks again for the great work! If you need a mechanic in this area, he is the best place to go!
David and Kyle Replacing the Rear Axle Bearing on my 88 S10 Blazer
- Darrel from the Autocare Specialists in Omaha, Nebraska
Sinclair Autocare, Omaha, NE
Darrel, Sinclair Autocare, Omaha, NE
Just after I set off in 2006, my back differential started leaking awfully. Darrel took immediate care of the problem and within
2 hours I was back on the road again. Thank you for the quick help!
Darrel, Sinclair Autocare, Omaha, NE
Precision Automotive in Boise, Idaho
When I arrived in 2006 at Dodie with my broken transfer case, she called around for more than an hour to find a dealer or a shop who could
help me out. Eventually she was able to make an appointment for me at Economy Transmission and charged me nothing for all the work! At
least I stopped by for an oil change on my way back and had the chance to receive one of the best services I have ever seen on the road. If
you are looking for a mechanic in the Boise, Idaho area, Precision Automotive at 7300W Victory Road is the place to go — but be
sure to say hello to Dodie from the German guy with his white S10!
Precision Automotive, Boise, ID
Economy Transmission in Boise, Idaho
In 2006 I run into big trouble with my transfer case. The whole unit had to be torn apart und rebuild. Dan squeezed me into his schedule
and Keith (doing the rebuild) was able to get me back on the road the very next day! And a couple of over tighten screws from my skid plates
have also been replaced — perfect job!
Economy Transmission, Boise, ID
(from upper left) Ken, Josh, Randy, Sue, Earl and dog Ellie from A1 Quality Transmission in Miles City
A1 Quality Transmissions, Miles City, MT
When in 2005 the sun gear shell broke in my transmission which took out reverse, second and overdrive, they tried everything to get me back
on the road with a new transmission. But unfortunately all transmissions of my type where sold out, so I had to spend an extra day in Miles
City. But when they put in the new transmission, they missed a little piece of paper on the upper transmission line outlet which caused a
small leak. But the partner in Billings, where Randy made an appointment for me, was able to fix the problem. They also replaced the hose
connections with steel ones. Read more about this in my John Colter Trail
day 18 and
Ken, Josh, Randy, Sue, Earl and dog Ellie
- Rob from the Conoco gas station in Cody, Wyoming
He tried to help me in 2005 with my leaking transmission. But the replacement of the transmission cooler lines didn’t solve the
problem, as the paper was still well hidden stuck at the fitting — read more about this in my John Colter Trail
Rob, Conoco, Cody, WY
Adnan from the Shell gas station in Dearborn Heights, Detroit
Adnan, Shell Gas Station, Dearborn Heights, MI
When my water pump broke 2005 in Detroit, he squeezed me in his overfilled schedule and was able to get me on the road by noon. He also
discovered a crack on my driving belt, which he also replaced — that is real service! Thanks to my good friend Matt, who made
the appointment for me and to Ad, who really helped me out this fast — read more about this in my John Colter Trail
Adnan has moved out of the gas station in the meantime and runs a dedicated repair business named Tel Ford Service at
6570 N. Telegraph, Dearborn Heights.
Adnan with broken water pump
Pangie and Roger from the Sinclair gas station in Downtown Dodge City
On Labor Day 2004 they helped me, when my rear wheel cylinder has blown and half of my brake fluid was lost. When you come through Dodge
City be sure to enjoy one of the last full service gas stations — and say hello from the German guy with his S10! Read more
about this in my
Zebulon Montgomery Pike Trail along the Arkansas day 23.
Pangie and Roger, Sinclair Gas Station, Downtown Dodge City, KS
- VP Auto Service & Repair in Davenport, Iowa
They helped me in 2002, when the guys at the oil change station discovered, that someone has over tighten the oil screw at the last oil
change and they didn’t want to risk to open it. The mechanics at VP Auto Service & Repair helped me out this evening
and got it fixed! They even gave me the discount they had this week for the oil change, even though they knew I am not from this area and I
will probably not show up again soon — this is customer service! Read more about this in my
Zebulon Montgomery Pike Trail along the Mississippi day 17.
- Willard's Garage in Billings, Montana
They helped me in 2001, when my 4WD always kicked in from itself. I just stepped in and they got it fixed! Read more about this in my
Lewis & Clark Trail back day 33.