Home now

Mar. 1st, 2011 01:11 pm
ksmith: (lil black car)
Kuro is home. The problem? A shorted-out fuel sensor, the malfunctioning of which led to flooding and subsequent No Go. So, not that cheap, but far from ::sob::.

Had a few other things fixed as well. New belts. A repositioning and reattachment of the heat shield--that sounds so Space Station--that kept working loose and vibrating.

I hope this is the last of the car fun for the year, as the annual Vet Visit will soon be upon us and that sometimes involves fun of its own.

Home now

Mar. 1st, 2011 01:11 pm
ksmith: (lil black car)
Kuro is home. The problem? A shorted-out fuel sensor, the malfunctioning of which led to flooding and subsequent No Go. So, not that cheap, but far from ::sob::.

Had a few other things fixed as well. New belts. A repositioning and reattachment of the heat shield--that sounds so Space Station--that kept working loose and vibrating.

I hope this is the last of the car fun for the year, as the annual Vet Visit will soon be upon us and that sometimes involves fun of its own.
ksmith: (lil black car)
The local garage phoned this morning to inform me that they couldn't figure out what was wrong with Kuro, and that I needed to take it to the dealership. So I spent a good part of the morning arranging a tow, walking to the garage to meet the tow truck, arranging a car rental as the dealership had no loaners until Tuesday, and getting myself back home.

Rental guy car said that it sounded like the fuel pump. Maybe. Hoping it's that simple. May not know until Monday.

I guess this is the sort of thing that rainy day funds were invented for.
ksmith: (lil black car)
The local garage phoned this morning to inform me that they couldn't figure out what was wrong with Kuro, and that I needed to take it to the dealership. So I spent a good part of the morning arranging a tow, walking to the garage to meet the tow truck, arranging a car rental as the dealership had no loaners until Tuesday, and getting myself back home.

Rental guy car said that it sounded like the fuel pump. Maybe. Hoping it's that simple. May not know until Monday.

I guess this is the sort of thing that rainy day funds were invented for.
ksmith: (lil black car)
I was driving home for lunch when Kuro started acting up. At first I thought the floor mat was interfering with the gas pedal, because I was hitting the gas and not much was happening. So I shifted the mat, and it didn't help. Poor response to the pedal. Kuro would occasionally shudder and knock. If I took my foot off the gas, then pressed the pedal slowly, it helped. But it was still *slow way down* *shudder* *speed up finally* *WTF*??????

No dash lights came on until I backed into the driveway, at which point they *all* came on. It's possible that Kuro stalled at the moment I shut him off and removed the key, because the lights do come on in the case of a stall.

A little while later, I was able to drive him to the garage, although he did act up a little along the way. A friend is bringing me my laptop, so I can work tomorrow.

I hope it's a case of bad gas. This came on with NO warning. All was fine this morning. Nine years I've had this car, and this was the first real prolonged WTF incident.
ksmith: (lil black car)
I was driving home for lunch when Kuro started acting up. At first I thought the floor mat was interfering with the gas pedal, because I was hitting the gas and not much was happening. So I shifted the mat, and it didn't help. Poor response to the pedal. Kuro would occasionally shudder and knock. If I took my foot off the gas, then pressed the pedal slowly, it helped. But it was still *slow way down* *shudder* *speed up finally* *WTF*??????

No dash lights came on until I backed into the driveway, at which point they *all* came on. It's possible that Kuro stalled at the moment I shut him off and removed the key, because the lights do come on in the case of a stall.

A little while later, I was able to drive him to the garage, although he did act up a little along the way. A friend is bringing me my laptop, so I can work tomorrow.

I hope it's a case of bad gas. This came on with NO warning. All was fine this morning. Nine years I've had this car, and this was the first real prolonged WTF incident.
ksmith: (lil black car)
Got all my errands done. Groceries bought. Furnace filters--found these new washable/reusable ones that I'm going to try out.

On my way to do all this, I decided to run Kuro through the car wash. Temps are in the 30s, so the doors wouldn't freeze shut or anything and besides, Kuro looked like a bar snack. So I ran him through, then went to fill up with gas.

Door was locked. I flipped the inner door switch that opens all the doors, but before I could open the door itself to step out, the switch closed, locking me back in. I flipped it open again, and it shut again. Then it went all Stephen King on me, clickety-clicking away, as though it opened and closed in rapid succession. The buttons themselves didn't move, though. It was all happening inside the door.

I managed to get out of the car eventually. Left the driver side door open. Filled up, got back in, argued with the door switch a little more. Finally got to stay open. It remained open for about 5 minutes, then activated on the way to the grocery store, locking all the doors again.

When I got to the store, I tucked the car manual into my handbag, then mucked about with the locks. My key controller still works, but when I unlock the doors I need to open one fast or they will lock again. The plain old metal key works just fine.

Got my shopping done. Tested the door switch on the way home. It's now crapped out totally. It's dead, Jim.

I think that water--perhaps salty water, which would be worse--got into the door and shorted something. Blew a board. I'm not going to do anything about it now...assuming that whatever happened is limited to the door mechanism and doesn't go on to impact anything else.

That'll teach me to wash my car.

UPDATE: And after a few hours of sitting in the driveway, car behavior is back to normal. I really hope this was just a transitory glitch, and not Kuro realizing that the tax refund is still a few weeks away and that he needs to hold off until then.
ksmith: (lil black car)
Got all my errands done. Groceries bought. Furnace filters--found these new washable/reusable ones that I'm going to try out.

On my way to do all this, I decided to run Kuro through the car wash. Temps are in the 30s, so the doors wouldn't freeze shut or anything and besides, Kuro looked like a bar snack. So I ran him through, then went to fill up with gas.

Door was locked. I flipped the inner door switch that opens all the doors, but before I could open the door itself to step out, the switch closed, locking me back in. I flipped it open again, and it shut again. Then it went all Stephen King on me, clickety-clicking away, as though it opened and closed in rapid succession. The buttons themselves didn't move, though. It was all happening inside the door.

I managed to get out of the car eventually. Left the driver side door open. Filled up, got back in, argued with the door switch a little more. Finally got to stay open. It remained open for about 5 minutes, then activated on the way to the grocery store, locking all the doors again.

When I got to the store, I tucked the car manual into my handbag, then mucked about with the locks. My key controller still works, but when I unlock the doors I need to open one fast or they will lock again. The plain old metal key works just fine.

Got my shopping done. Tested the door switch on the way home. It's now crapped out totally. It's dead, Jim.

I think that water--perhaps salty water, which would be worse--got into the door and shorted something. Blew a board. I'm not going to do anything about it now...assuming that whatever happened is limited to the door mechanism and doesn't go on to impact anything else.

That'll teach me to wash my car.

UPDATE: And after a few hours of sitting in the driveway, car behavior is back to normal. I really hope this was just a transitory glitch, and not Kuro realizing that the tax refund is still a few weeks away and that he needs to hold off until then.
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1) It's Monday. First day of vacation...working vacation...but still. Monday.

2) Had to get up just as early as I would have if I had gone to work since I needed to take Kuro in for an oil change/tire rotation. The good news was that on the way in, I found a slip in the glovebox that entitled me to a free oil change. The savings were not insignificant. Hope this presages the rest of the year.

3) The bad news was that since I got to bed late and needed to get up early, I ignored Gaby when she indicated quite emphatically that she wanted to go outside. Given that she had been outside a half-hour before, I figured she had heard an animal and wanted to go after it. I heard her leave the bedroom, then return a minute or so later. After I awoke, I went into the living room to find that she had left quite an accident in her usual spot, the first one in months. My bad. My fault. If I had gotten my ass out of bed and let her out, it wouldn't have happened.

4) At least for now, I like working with the radio on. Classical station, mostly music. But every so often, voices, which I don't mind. They're voices I don't have to respond to, which make them almost like coffee shop voices or office voices. So, I'm not engaged, but I'm also not alone. That seems to be the way this wip wants to roll.

5) It's no fun watching the Blackhawks this year. It was different before they won the Cup--they were a young team, and the ups and downs were to be expected. There were expectations, but there was also a certain lack of pressure. Now the pressure is there, but half the team is gone and the replacements either haven't settled in yet, or are the wrong replacements. The injuries don't help. Yes, I know all teams suffer through them. They still don't help.
ksmith: (Default)
1) It's Monday. First day of vacation...working vacation...but still. Monday.

2) Had to get up just as early as I would have if I had gone to work since I needed to take Kuro in for an oil change/tire rotation. The good news was that on the way in, I found a slip in the glovebox that entitled me to a free oil change. The savings were not insignificant. Hope this presages the rest of the year.

3) The bad news was that since I got to bed late and needed to get up early, I ignored Gaby when she indicated quite emphatically that she wanted to go outside. Given that she had been outside a half-hour before, I figured she had heard an animal and wanted to go after it. I heard her leave the bedroom, then return a minute or so later. After I awoke, I went into the living room to find that she had left quite an accident in her usual spot, the first one in months. My bad. My fault. If I had gotten my ass out of bed and let her out, it wouldn't have happened.

4) At least for now, I like working with the radio on. Classical station, mostly music. But every so often, voices, which I don't mind. They're voices I don't have to respond to, which make them almost like coffee shop voices or office voices. So, I'm not engaged, but I'm also not alone. That seems to be the way this wip wants to roll.

5) It's no fun watching the Blackhawks this year. It was different before they won the Cup--they were a young team, and the ups and downs were to be expected. There were expectations, but there was also a certain lack of pressure. Now the pressure is there, but half the team is gone and the replacements either haven't settled in yet, or are the wrong replacements. The injuries don't help. Yes, I know all teams suffer through them. They still don't help.
ksmith: (lil black car)
Took a detour on the way to work this morning, and drove to the intersection where I did the snow day slip 'n' slide on Saturday. Turns out that while there is a reflector post there, what I actually almost hit was the stop sign. You can still see Kuro's tire tracks, not quite obliterated by subsequent snows. The edge of the left front tire is 2, maybe 3 inches from the signpost.

That was a close one...
ksmith: (lil black car)
Took a detour on the way to work this morning, and drove to the intersection where I did the snow day slip 'n' slide on Saturday. Turns out that while there is a reflector post there, what I actually almost hit was the stop sign. You can still see Kuro's tire tracks, not quite obliterated by subsequent snows. The edge of the left front tire is 2, maybe 3 inches from the signpost.

That was a close one...
ksmith: (brollie)
Service manager called. There are a few other things wrong with Kuro. Valve cover gasket needs replacing. Ignition wires. So, additional $$. I would be a liar if I said that I hadn't expected additional repairs. Kuro is going on 8 years old, and beyond some brake work and a blown oxygen sensor, he's been golden all that time. Scheduled maintenance only.

And hey, at least it wasn't the head gasket.

On the brighter side, my loaner car proved to be a 2010 Outback with 500 miles on it. Still has that new car smell. Drives nice--very solid. Looks totally different than older model Outbacks. Had to adjust to different buttons, electronic rather than hand emergency brake, etc. Satellite radio sounds nice. Not sure if I like the new styling, though, for either the Outback or Forester. Seems like they got rid of the quirkiness and replaced it with generic sloopiness--rounded, bigger, etc.

One nice thing--it's a Partial Zero Emission vehicle. I didn't know Subaru made those, but they have been for years. Not as clean as a hybride, but still pretty clean.

Anyway. Went home during lunch to check on pups. I had just given them their lunch when the power went out. Called it in, and received an estimated repair time of several hours. Left to return to work, and found a police car parked at the major intersection nearest my house. Signals were out, and the lights were out at several businesses. It's a biggie, IOW. Hope the power is back by the time I get home.

Weather's gloomy. Cloudy w/ light rain. Now I wait for the car guy to call when Kuro is ready.
ksmith: (brollie)
Service manager called. There are a few other things wrong with Kuro. Valve cover gasket needs replacing. Ignition wires. So, additional $$. I would be a liar if I said that I hadn't expected additional repairs. Kuro is going on 8 years old, and beyond some brake work and a blown oxygen sensor, he's been golden all that time. Scheduled maintenance only.

And hey, at least it wasn't the head gasket.

On the brighter side, my loaner car proved to be a 2010 Outback with 500 miles on it. Still has that new car smell. Drives nice--very solid. Looks totally different than older model Outbacks. Had to adjust to different buttons, electronic rather than hand emergency brake, etc. Satellite radio sounds nice. Not sure if I like the new styling, though, for either the Outback or Forester. Seems like they got rid of the quirkiness and replaced it with generic sloopiness--rounded, bigger, etc.

One nice thing--it's a Partial Zero Emission vehicle. I didn't know Subaru made those, but they have been for years. Not as clean as a hybride, but still pretty clean.

Anyway. Went home during lunch to check on pups. I had just given them their lunch when the power went out. Called it in, and received an estimated repair time of several hours. Left to return to work, and found a police car parked at the major intersection nearest my house. Signals were out, and the lights were out at several businesses. It's a biggie, IOW. Hope the power is back by the time I get home.

Weather's gloomy. Cloudy w/ light rain. Now I wait for the car guy to call when Kuro is ready.
ksmith: (lil black car)
It's dark already. I hate that.

Tomorrow I take Kuro to the shop for this 60K maintenance, which is $$. Fuel odor filled the cabin on our coldest day--it's an issue that is common with early 2000s Subarus, but last week's ep was the worst yet. Hoping the clamps holding the fuel lines just need tightening, and that nothing needs replacing. Otherwise, more $$.

Almost the end of week 2 of Mouse Watch '09. Trap still empty.

Overslept this morning, and just had a feeling. Yup, Gaby had visited her corner. At least the stuff looked pretty normal. Just wish I could re-regulate her so that her Time didn't fall in the middle of the night. No, I don't think feeding her earlier is an option, at least not now.

Tonight's a night for baking a coffee cake and answering Christmas cards. Then dinner--baked cod w/ mustard sauce and leftover mashed turnips&potatoes and brussels sprouts from Sunday. It's too warm to build a fire--I want to save my remaining firewood for temps below freezing--but I may turn on the holiday tunes.
ksmith: (lil black car)
It's dark already. I hate that.

Tomorrow I take Kuro to the shop for this 60K maintenance, which is $$. Fuel odor filled the cabin on our coldest day--it's an issue that is common with early 2000s Subarus, but last week's ep was the worst yet. Hoping the clamps holding the fuel lines just need tightening, and that nothing needs replacing. Otherwise, more $$.

Almost the end of week 2 of Mouse Watch '09. Trap still empty.

Overslept this morning, and just had a feeling. Yup, Gaby had visited her corner. At least the stuff looked pretty normal. Just wish I could re-regulate her so that her Time didn't fall in the middle of the night. No, I don't think feeding her earlier is an option, at least not now.

Tonight's a night for baking a coffee cake and answering Christmas cards. Then dinner--baked cod w/ mustard sauce and leftover mashed turnips&potatoes and brussels sprouts from Sunday. It's too warm to build a fire--I want to save my remaining firewood for temps below freezing--but I may turn on the holiday tunes.
ksmith: (lil black car)
Kuro's preventive maintenance completed. Along with the oil/filter change and tire rotation, he had a new air filter and license tag light bulbs installed. Everything else is A-OK.

It's hard to explain how much of a relief this is for me. Until I bought Harrison, at age 39, I had always driven hand-me-down cars. Beaters. They would behave for a year or two, then stuff would start going wrong, often without warning. Worst thing I recall was when Bonnie, the '81 Bonneville, threw a tie rod one afternoon while Dad was driving it. I had just driven her that morning.

Anyway, after eleven years, I am still adjusting to the fact that I am driving a car in which everything works. No warning lights. No weirdness. Let it continue, because Kuro just went past 54K miles this morning, and I would like him to make it to over 100K.

Clarification: Kuro will be 7 in April. Harrison was the 11-year old/bought brand new. But all his buttons and switches still worked, too.

Warm outside, about 50F. Sunny. The snow is melting. Backyard is getting nice and mushy, though there is still some snow. Rain tomorrow.

Dinner--some kind of baked fish roll-up.

Watching Aida on the Food Channel. Someday I want a kitchen like the ones on the cooking shows.
ksmith: (lil black car)
Kuro's preventive maintenance completed. Along with the oil/filter change and tire rotation, he had a new air filter and license tag light bulbs installed. Everything else is A-OK.

It's hard to explain how much of a relief this is for me. Until I bought Harrison, at age 39, I had always driven hand-me-down cars. Beaters. They would behave for a year or two, then stuff would start going wrong, often without warning. Worst thing I recall was when Bonnie, the '81 Bonneville, threw a tie rod one afternoon while Dad was driving it. I had just driven her that morning.

Anyway, after eleven years, I am still adjusting to the fact that I am driving a car in which everything works. No warning lights. No weirdness. Let it continue, because Kuro just went past 54K miles this morning, and I would like him to make it to over 100K.

Clarification: Kuro will be 7 in April. Harrison was the 11-year old/bought brand new. But all his buttons and switches still worked, too.

Warm outside, about 50F. Sunny. The snow is melting. Backyard is getting nice and mushy, though there is still some snow. Rain tomorrow.

Dinner--some kind of baked fish roll-up.

Watching Aida on the Food Channel. Someday I want a kitchen like the ones on the cooking shows.
ksmith: (lil black car)
At the dealership, partaking of the free WiFi. Today Show on the HDTV in the waiting area--the resolution does no one any favors, male or female. The thin layer of special make-up is as obvious as the skin of oil on water. Orange pancake. We either get used to real aging skin on real people, or take the plunge into the dodgy end of the tech pool and CGI all our programs, news included. Obliterate reality. Make everyone 25, firm and line-free. In black spandex, swinging onto the set on one of those special Lara Croft/James Bond rigs where the line is so thin you wonder how in hell anyone can get a grip.

And now, Jedi exercise routines. Not kidding. They're outside, in spandex, dueling for fitness.

Morning TV is bizarre.

UPDATE: Matt Lauer in Jedi regalia. Some things are just wrong.

Lucky I have the laptop and the earphones. Peter Murphy. "Cuts You Up." Better than political ads. Yes, it's primary season in Illinois. Like road construction, it never ends.
ksmith: (lil black car)
At the dealership, partaking of the free WiFi. Today Show on the HDTV in the waiting area--the resolution does no one any favors, male or female. The thin layer of special make-up is as obvious as the skin of oil on water. Orange pancake. We either get used to real aging skin on real people, or take the plunge into the dodgy end of the tech pool and CGI all our programs, news included. Obliterate reality. Make everyone 25, firm and line-free. In black spandex, swinging onto the set on one of those special Lara Croft/James Bond rigs where the line is so thin you wonder how in hell anyone can get a grip.

And now, Jedi exercise routines. Not kidding. They're outside, in spandex, dueling for fitness.

Morning TV is bizarre.

UPDATE: Matt Lauer in Jedi regalia. Some things are just wrong.

Lucky I have the laptop and the earphones. Peter Murphy. "Cuts You Up." Better than political ads. Yes, it's primary season in Illinois. Like road construction, it never ends.

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