Well, guess where I’m headed in the next day or so? Back to the shack. I believe, and am putting my trust in, that the van problem is solved. Running some errands here in town on friday brought on the ole ‘cut out and die’ problem yet again .. of course, sitting in traffic in Anchorage, which is always nice. Fortunately, it started again, and I headed straight for my good friends at the Dealership. I’ll spare you all the sordid details, but when I got there 5 minutes later, it ran fine, started right up, etc. No problems. Fortunately, as I was set to leave, yet again, it wouldn’t restart. I walked back inside, told the Service guy it wouldn’t start, he called the mechanic out, and we walked back outside to the vehicle. The mechanic hops it and starts it right up. Beautiful. Now who looks like an even bigger idiot? So the mechanic sat in it a few minutes, turning the key, watching and listening to it, and then, miraculously, it wouldn’t start again. It finally did the problem in the hands of a mechanic. I love my van!!!! 🙂 He looks at the lights, etc, for about 2 seconds, and says, “let’s pop the hood – I might be able to save you some coin”.
That sounded like a good idea to me.
He opens the electrical box, and pulls out 2 relays, the heat and Sensor Relay, and the Relay for the Fuel Pump. ‘$10.00 each’, he says, ‘ and I bet ya you’ll be on your way’.
So $20.00 later, no labor or service charge, and I’m on my way. So far, no glitch. It’s hard to say for certain, because the problem was so sporadic, and because it’s hard to know for certain that those relays were bad, or on their way bad, but I got this feeling it’s all good. So here’s hoping!
So I’ll be packing up and moving out – heading east, into them thar big mountains over yonder. At least for a few weeks – I have to get some tax stuff done, and that’s spread between Anchorage and the Shack, so I can’t be gone for too long – apparently Dubya needs some cash by mid-April.
So anyway, keep your fingers, toes and whatever you care to cross crossed, and we’ll see how it goes!