- Sooooo remember how I was like "oh the Trans Am runs great and doesn't need any mechanical work!" Yeah guess what died this week? We were driving home from R's dance class when it just completely shut off. Luckily I was going down hill and was able to pull onto a side street and start it back up. We drove to Starbucks for our weekly post-dance drink, and then driving home it died again and I couldn't get it to start back up. Luckily we were in our neighborhood, and I was able to push the car (with my foot while steering!) off the road next to a field. Although we were less than a mile from our house it wasn't a fun walk home because I was really upset. When N got home he was able to start it up again and drive it home, but it wouldn't die for him so he couldn't tell what was wrong.
Well he was going to drive it to work today to look at it and it didn't even make it down the driveway before dying. He woke me up and had me start and drive the car while he poured gas directly into the engine. I have no idea how cars work so I have no idea why doing that worked, but we got her back into the garage and N says he thinks something is "stuck in the carburetor." I don't know what that means, and he didn't have time to explain, but he re-assured me it was an easy fix and nothing was blown up. I had to drive the Commander around yesterday and as I joked on Facebook, my wiener felt a lot smaller.
- Speaking of the Commander N thinks that it may be the engine computer that's going bad, not the tranny. He drove it to work twice this week and had it hooked up to his scanner. While he was driving it the "Transmission Over Temp" warning came on, and the scanner said the temp was at 280 degrees- which is too hot. N pulled over and re-started the car and the warning went away and the scanner listed the temp at 160 degrees- which is just fine. Because it couldn't drop over 100 degrees in a few seconds, N thinks the computer is going haywire and sending out a false temp, which is putting the car in a limp mode, i.e. making it drive like crap.
As much of a pain all mechanical cars can be, I definitely prefer them to their computer run counterparts. New cars may drive really nicely for awhile but when those computers go bad everything goes bad and it's a lot more money to replace a computer than it is many other parts. There's going to be a lot of modern cars in junkyards in 20+ years, and car companies are only going to make them with more technology therefore they'll become obsolete quicker, and the cycle will continue.
- In other news R found Woody Woodpecker cartoons on Netflix and I need to find a way to block them. ;)
- Is anyone else as excited as I am for the Duggar Daughter #1 wedding tomorrow? I will be stalking social media like crazy. I recently fell down the rabbit hole known as the Free Jinger forum, and learning about those people's true nature has been both fascinating and scary. I'm rooting for you to break free Jill!
- After forgetting for three days in a row I finally remember to put the pork chops in the crock pot! Woohoo that is a big win over here!