lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Copying this from elsewhere because typing with 1.75 hands is so much fun (I get to wear a so fashionable thumb & wrist splint until told otherwise)...
car accident inclosed under the cut... )
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Note to self: In the oil temperature gauge seems to be reading higher than usual, MAYBE CHECK THE OIL LEVEL!

At least I didn't run it utterly dry. Just down to the, "Hey idiot! Put more oil in!" line on the dip stick.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
How to get rich in three steps.

1. Got to mechanics school just long enough to learn how to repair/replace a Chevy intake manifolds.
2. Talk government into requiring all cars to use Chevy engines as part of the government buyout of the auto industry.
3. Count money as people keep returning again and again to have engine manifold problems fixed.

Bitter humor? Why would I be bitter? Just because I am once again hearing that lovely gurgling sound that says, "Hey, guess what? I'm leaking again." It's not like I wanted any money in my wallet. You just get in trouble if you have money.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Which is to say that I finally got around to changing out a flat tire for a spare without calling up AAA. Fortunately I noticed that I originally had the jack hooked onto the wrong spot before I got too much pressure on it (or one of the rear doors might be jammed shut). I think I'm going to have to buy a proper lug nut wrench (whatever they're called). The one that packs under the spare tire is wretched.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
After getting a flat tire I decided to take care of a few (read very few of the car maintenance tasks I know how to do. In the course of doing this I happened to pop the hood and discovered a part simply sitting on the little ledge at the very front. It looks like it takes two tubes and has a two prong socket for some sort of electrical connection. I believe at least a few of people reading these posts do more car maintenance than I do. Anyone recognize this part?

cruddy cell phone camera picture of a car part

Sorry for the poor quality, the pictures were taken in poor lighting with a sub-mega-pixel cell phone camera. The writing on the side is, "210 4047-2 Delco Remy." I was able to find the web site for Delco Remy, but their online part number lookup system doesn't appear to know about this thing.

This doesn't seem to have come from my car since I couldn't spot any loose tubes or electrical cables. If it was an old part that was replaced then it would have been sitting there for over a month. And if it had been on the road it seems really unlikely for it to successfully be kicked up into that spot.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
This past Monday part of my car's engine decided to shred itself. A whole lot of fun. I got to stand out in the sun waiting for the truck to show up and carry it back to the shop. I even got to take the rest of the day off instead of going back to work. Of course after all that heat all I wanted to do was take a shower and crawl into bed with the fan going. Thanks however to the good guys at the shop the car was ready to go again Tuesday.

This morning on the other hand I got to enjoy the drain line deciding to plug up. Have you ever thought to ask how you would stop the flooding if the toilet was overflowing and the water valve behind the tank refused to turn? My method was to open the tank and move the water hose so it would only fill the tank instead of the trying to keep filling the bowl. Having been foiled in one attempt to flood the apartment the pipes then tried to back flow into the bathtub. The toilet was annoying, but it was actually mostly clean. The back-flowing water on the other hand... Ick. Very, very, ick.

Eventually having called the maintenance people I finally leave for work. Well, I was going to head to work, but the Check Engine light comes on. "Excuse me car, remember Monday? You need to give the other things their turns to break down. No? Well, if you insist." When the light insists on staying lit I drop the car off at the shop, saying hello to the nice folks their once again. Whee, it turns out a line was getting plugged up. Oh joy. Fortunately that proved to be a much cheaper that engine parts shredding themselves.

The week isn't over yet, but this adds up to three things. So I get to have some quite time again, right? Please?
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Today I walked a mile and a quarter to get a simple plain hot dog and diet Dr. Pepper for lunch. Well, okay, and one single serving bag of chex mix. They recently put in a walking track that circles around the building, with each complete circuit being a quarter mile.

Four and a half loops, plus the walk next door and back. I figured I ought to do this before it started getting so hot that simply walking next door makes you lose a pound just from the sweating.

Maybe I'll actually meet my fitness goal this year (end the year under 200 pounds).

And why did I walk for lunch rather than drive somewhere (which really I only do maybe once or twice every other week)?

My car decided to give me a scare with the check engine light. Normally when that comes on it isn't anything serious and a restart or two will clear the light. Not this time. Fortunately my regular shop was nearby so I pulled in and left it there to find out what it was and get an oil change (way, way past due). Appears it was nothing but a loose wire connection. They only charged for the oil change. (Have I ever mentioned I don't bother with the dealership service center now that the service plan has expired? Can't imaging why not.)
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
I'm afraid I may have a sinus infection. Ick. I hate those, even before you start taking medicine it saps away energy and makes you feel, not so much bad as blah. On the other hand I think I may be over the worst, in which case it probably isn't a sinus infection. Have to see how I feel tomorrow.

Just for additional giggles I got a nail in one of my tires. The shop was going to patch it, but when they looked closer the nail had damaged the sidewall so they are replacing it instead. Good news is that's covered under the warranty, so that tire doesn't cost me anything. Bad news is I still needed to replace two tires that I had damaged by driving on them when they were under inflated. Those did cost me. Cheap enough to pay for them out of checking, but ugh, I really didn't need that expense right now.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] thepiskie's post reminded me that I meant to say this, check your tire pressure people!

I's surprised I didn't have a tire or two blow out after checking the pressure the other day. 11-17 pounds of pressure on tires that want 44 pounds of pressue. Eek! Then just for fun it turns out that the air hose at the first place I stopped at was missing part of the plug on the end, with the result that the air pressure was the same even after a full minute of holding the hose to the stem.

Keep in mind that too little pressure is as bad as over pressurizing. Both can lead to excessive wear on the tread.

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