Tuesday, August 12, 2008

KT and the CE light

Monday morning I was driving to work, as usual, and took the left turn on Butternut to cross under the railroad tracks. Well, it had rained pretty much all night the night before, so there was a rather large puddle that I failed to see until I was almost upon it. I thought for a moment, realized that backing up a hill the wrong direction was probably not a good idea, so I plowed through it. Probably not a great idea, but there was no way to turn around. I made it through the puddle, it hesitated a bit, but then trucked (or convertibled?) right along to work.

At lunch, I drove over to a client's office to deliver their crappy front desk/pron-watching/game-playing machine. I had a LOT of trouble with the network card, and despite downloading the driver from D-Link, it just would not connect. Anyway, headed back to the office, no issues with the car.

After work, I go to the post office, drop off a package at the Lone Star box, and then head home to get my uniform for class. Well, at the stop light of S. 7th and Barrow, the car hesitates big time when I shift from 1st to 2nd, so I put it in 3rd thinking that somehow that might be better (yeah), and that's when the Check Engine light starts to flash. The car feels like it's going to die at any moment, so I pull over into the parking lot of the community theater and turn it off. I pop the hood and nothing looks amiss (as far as I can tell). A very nice man pulls over to see if he can help, and after poking around for a few minutes, also not seeing anything amiss, he suggests I go to the Advance Auto Parts store a few blocks up on 14th and get them to check the 'check engine' light. I make it to the store, only to find out (after waiting 5 minutes in line) that they can't check BMWs. They suggest I take it to Abilene Auto Doctor over by Sonic on Sayles. This makes me cringe, as I'd rather not drive it any further than necessary, but I reassure KT (my car) that it's for her own good, and we head that way. Turns out that they don't check BMWs either, so I take a deep breath, refrain from punching the guy in the face, and head off to Abilene Import Specialists, which luckily is only just up the road. He checks the problem, says it's misfiring on Sensor 1, which has something to do with the idling mechanism, and says it could be one of 4 or 5 things. Awesome!! I end up leaving KT with them and waiting about 15 minutes for my awesome ex-roommate to pick me up.

Luckily I had already planned a hot date with my current roommate at Bonzai, so there was that to look forward to, and our ex-roommate and her sister and adorable little boy joined us.

Now I'm waiting to hear back...replaced the starter about 6 weeks ago, and tires about 3 weeks ago. Sigh. Let's hope this is the last repair for awhile.


Megan said...

Hey what happened with the car? You never said what the problem was and how much it cost. Just thought I'd stop by and say hi.