New car time whether you want it or not.
Judging from your experience it’s been bad juju month for vehicles in this vicinity.
Bout 2 weeks ago I borrowed the boyfriend’s pickup to go on an errand across the county. Battery was dead when I started to come home. Got a jump start from my uncle and we got a new battery next morning. He also decided to throw in new spark plugs for good measure. (I didn’t know them new-fangled spark plugs was worth their weight in gold till that day.)
Two days after that, we started across town for breakfast the man’s truck sputtered all the way from the house to the stop sign down the block. He hardheadedly drove across town to breakfast and eventually it got a little better. Did that to him about 3 more mornings before he took it to the shop. Fuel filter and fuel regulator later we get the truck back and drive nicely for 3 or 4 days.
Headed up to Wichita Falls Saturday before last and the truck started it’s chokin’ and pukin’ thing again about 10 miles from the halfway point. Found a local shade tree mechanic in Lipan who recommended we get a fuel pump. (Didja know that on the new Chevy’s those things are located on TOP of the gas tank so’s you have to either remove the gas tank OR the bed of the truck to get to ‘em? AND guess what? There are 2 different fuel pumps they put in them trucks. And they don’t want to give you any clues by VIN number or manual or any other method as to what fuel pump the Chevy lottery gave ya... you gots to take off the gas tank OR the bed and look at the number on top of the fuel pump. Talk about your engineering nightmares designed to sell Mr. Goodwrench hours!!!)
So, we buy 2 fuel pumps in Mineral Wells and high tail it (at record speeds of 2 to 43 MPH) on to Henrietta where I got friends and the man o’ the house is mechanically inclined enough to help with that bed-o-the-truck removal and pump replacement. Made it from Mineral Wells to Henrietta (bout 90 miles) in 4 1/2 hours. LOL
The guys changed the fuel pump, we visited, hadn’t planned it but spent the night cause the day was just too long to drive back to Bosque county. Had a nice weekend visit with friends, started back late Sunday afternoon. Returned the unused fuel pump to the nice men at O’Reilly in Mineral Wells, resumed trip, started up a hill about 5 miles north of where the Saturday trouble started and the truck really didn’t want to climb the hill.... or any of the other 5 million and 98 hills on the highway between there and here. So, took us another 2 1/2 hours to make it back to home base in Bosque county LATE Sunday night.
Ain’t believin’ this right?
So, next morning take truck back to shop. Computer whizzo gadget says we either got O2 sensors out or catalytic converters. Replaced O2 sensors, still got check engine light... you guess it... 2 catalytic converters needed. So, in central Bosque county that was gonna cost us $860... but in calling around - they did it over in north Ft. Worth for $330. LOL The guy in the shop here drilled out the converters so we could drive to Ft. Worth and THAT’S WHAT I WAS DOIN’ IN FT. WORTH LAST THURSDAY!!!
Please, let the PE and WN households both be clear of the curse-o-the vehicles for the rest of our lives? Last year it was floods - this year we gots vehicle plagues?
Durn thing is only a year old. I may get a pickup this time. We'll see.
In other news, Spiderboy (& Bittygirl) and I are building a teardrop trailer for camping. You can see our "build" gallery here.
When we're done, this is what we're aiming for: