Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Car Pangs



Wow, a car at half price!! Ought to be pretty cheap!!

Yesterday I had my car to the service department because my "service engine soon" light had come on. It was while I was there waiting that I saw the news on TV about the horrible happenings at Virginia Tech. Such a tragedy. My heart and prayers go out to all of those people. Sounds like a very disturbed individual who did all this. How sad.

Anyway, I was hoping that this was not going to be anything major with my car. When they got finished they told me that my gas cap had not been put on tightly and therefore had set that "service engine soon" light off. I always pump my own gas. You can bet your sweet tortilla chips that I'll get that cap on tight from now on! Who would have ever thought of such a thing. All this electronic stuff I guess. Geezzz. Oh, it cost me almost $40 for them to find that out and reset the light so it is no longer on.

19 Comments:

Anonymous gel (emerald eyes) said...

Hi sweet one,
I'm so glad you didn't need a major car repair that would cut your pocketbook in more than 1/2!

On a more personal level, thank you for your prayers and wishes about Virginia Tech. Blogger friends do bring comfort.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous gel said...

oops i mistyped my link above I think- am distracting myself here on the computer for a bit- have to be strong for my daughter about Virginia Tech.
Take care

6:09 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

glad it wasn't something major or really expensive

6:13 PM  
Blogger 4evergapeach said...

Glad your car is good to go. My husbands light is on also and he has brought in in twice and they can't figure out why it is on. He is not worried about it. May end up just taking the bulb out, HA! that will fix it!

7:29 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

Glad it was something easy. We've had that happen. Our dealer was good enough to reset it for free!
That's rarely the case here in CA!!

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Jerry said...

Rachel,
I have the Check Engine (and Check Gauges) light coming on. It overheats on me too. May be time for a new car.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Kendra Lynn said...

Half a car for half the price...love it.

So sad about the shooting at Virginia Tech.
What has happened to our country?

Kendra

7:43 AM  
Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

Rachael
I was talking to a guy last night at a reception. He had just bought a new car. He told me the check engine light came on within a block of the dealership right after he purchased it. He took it back immediately and they spent close to a $100 (covered under warranty) to tell him the same thing - the gas cap was loose.
Ralph

7:45 AM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

OUCH!! SO sorry you had to pay so much, but thanks for sharing your experience with us. We'll all be more careful about replacing the gas cap.

The car at half price is hillarious! LOL

I like the sign below too. Nice reminder.

I want to thank you for your concern and prayers for little Ethan. He is having an MRI today.

11:37 AM  
Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said...

Been there done that. THe bad thing is only the service tech can reset those darn triggers. I'm extra careful these days.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Cars didn't think they were so smart back in the day... Talking at us and blinking lights at us all the time now.

9:37 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

AMAZING! I'm glad it wasn't anything really serious Rachel...
That picture is Hilarious, btw! Great! One picture really is worth a thousand words! LOL!

Indeed, the horrible events of Monday are haunting! The saddest and most haunting thing to me, in a way, is that there were many signs and signals that this young man was deeply deeply disturbed. Yet...there he was, walking around and with two guns on a killing spree the likes of which we have not seen before. Those poor young people; their family's....All those who mourn them...this is so very very sad. I pray for all of them too, Rachel.

3:23 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Well, Rachel, I don't want to boast, but I'll have to say our dealer does it for free too.
The service rep who writes the troubles up does a little ditty with the on-board computer and knows the code for that one.

He even fixed Mrs. Jim's trunk so it will open with the key again for free.

Did you negotiate with them for that half price car?
..

6:36 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

After service on your car it really looks perfect, lol !

8:17 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

That's a mighty expensive lesson! I think some day our cars will tell us if our cholesterol or blood pressure is high.

6:00 AM  
Blogger Marci said...

I'm sure glad it was nothing major, but man, you would think they would make it so that something like that would not set the light off.

9:46 AM  
Blogger gold said...

Half a car sale love it!!!!!

7:27 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

It's not cheap, is it. I recently heard mechanics are starting at $70K per year - then parts,then the dealer mark-up and the dealer's cut. I'm glad it was just a loose gas cap! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

4:45 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

That must be what's wrong with my car...that darn light won't go off and there's nothing wrong with the car except that I struggle with the gas cap all the time. I struggle with it so much, that Jimmy has even replaced it.

7:04 AM  

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