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The following is a sequel to this stirring prose.
On Thursday, I noticed that the Check Engine light came on on the Cygmobile's dashboard. Knowing that this could be something semi-serious, I made an appointment to have it checked out by our local mechanics on Tuesday, after the holiday (which isn't a holiday for me).
I also noticed that the fuel economy was starting to worsen. That could be why the light came on; I'll have that checked too.
This morning, I noticed that the battery light was flashing on. If you recall from my story above, I got a new battery installed only weeks ago. Next thing I knew, the car started losing power big-time. Eventually, it stalled altogether. I tried to make a run for Sears, but failed. Turns out that the alternator had died; that's what it often means when the battery light comes on.
So I had a tow truck take me and the Cygmobile to Sears, where they proudly told me, in as many words, "You're screwed." They wouldn't touch it until Tuesday, whereas I had to work both Sunday and Monday.
I then called my mechanics and had the Cygmobile towed to their garage, where it should have gone in the first place. Not only will they replace the alternator today, they'll also change the oil and rotate the tires. I lvoe this place, and I say *hock ptui* to Sears' auto shop forever.
Well, it'll cost me a few extra bucks for that second tow, but I don't mind that it cost to learn this truth: A good mechanic is hard to find.
UPDATE: Aarrgghh. After tearing my engine apart to get to the silly alternator, my mechanics found that the replacement alternator . . . was defective. :-( So the Cygmobile will indeed sit until Tuesday. But I'd rather have it there than at Sears just the same. Now, how to afford this?
Blessings to the lovely and talented Rona for riding me in tomorrow.
UPDATE 2: Double aarrgghh. They tore the engine apart again today (Tuesday), awaited the new alternator, and found that . . . it was the wrong one. And apparently there isn't another alternator for my vehicle in the whole town. So one is being overnighted. They say the Cygmobile will be ready by tomorrow morning. It better, or I have no way to get to work!
UPDATE 3: It's done . . . it's done. And we are $700 lighter. Half of that was the alternator itself! Apparently not all Ford Foci (plural of Focus, right?) take the same alternator. They also replaced the serpentine (makes me think of Alan Arkin in "The In-Laws") belt that goes around everything, so that's one less thing to worry about in the future.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
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