Monday, 25 July 2011

Slowly dying car update

More weirdness on the automotive front.

Managed to lock myself out of my car twice in the ast two weeks, which isn't the car's fault, but it's a good reason to be h8in' on the car right now.

The check engine light is back.  The shuddery stalling is also continuing.  The really odd part was last week, during the Fringe, when it got blazing hot and humid.

I was going to try to tell a chronological story about everything that went weird last week, but I really don't have a good memory for the chronology right now. So unordered list.

  • Air conditioning stopped working (fan still worked, only on highest speed, but no cooling)
  • No speedometer (or odo or trip) for a couple of days, in the most blazing heat of the week
  • Close to overheating a lot
  • Dash lights, headlights, and headlights-on-with-no-keys warning alarm all on, after trying to shut everything off
Now the CAA guy who came to let me into my car for the second time in (I think 10 days), noticed my coolant was low.  He also said that a lot of cars electrical systems were going crazy--the heat and the humidity doing things to circuits, switches, relays, etc. that were just not normal.

So the next day, I added some (premixed) coolant and it was still close to overheating for a day or so, but it was still blazing hot.  Yesterday, or maybe it was Saturday, the real heatwave had broken, and we were back to teens and early 20's in the mornings...and I had a speedometer, normal cooling, and even air conditioning.  Well, maybe not the air conditioning.

But lat night around midnight, I was out driving and for the halibut I put on the AC.  Felt cool (but always does), but the real give away that I was actually getting cooling was the condensation forming on the outside of the windshield just over the vents.  The AC was suddenly working again.

So this car is just possessed, by a spirit that really, really doesn't like the heat/humidity.  Lucky I have friends now clamoring to come car-buying with me.  Hopefully soon. I do not want to be relying on this car all winter.

Next step, check the automatic transmission fluid, just in case....

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