Monday, January 21, 2013

crazy car drama

a few weeks ago the starter in my [vehicle] went out ... it was another miracle ... i happened to be at the right place, at the right time, with the right people, to solve the problem ...

... with the help of the rancher, his brother, and another relation ... i had a new starter in my vehicle within 24 hours with the lowest possible expense ... and it was a beast of a job ...

today, was the day for drama ... hahhahh ...

earlier i was returning from [a nearby town] and i was driving along with cruise control on ... when i came upon a hill,  and didn't tap the brake soon enough to disengage the cruise control ... then, suddenly, the car downshifted to second gear, popping the rpms up to 4000 and climbing fast ... i hit the brake, and nothing happened  ... i couldn't get the cruise control to disengage and the engine kept reving faster and faster ... even when i stood on the brake ... the engine kept wanting to accelerate ... at top speed ... like the pedal was down to the floor ... and then i thought ... i'd put the car into neutral ... so i did ... and the engine really began reving ... so i quickly put it back into drive ... still standing on the brake ... and pulled over with the engine still trying to accelerate ... and turned off the car.

now i was really concerned ... here i am 50+ miles away from the ranch ... with car trouble ... and i am thinking ... oh, great ... if this car dies ... now my expenses are really going to increase ...

i called the rancher's brother and he came to the rescue ... he found the problem right off too ...

while we were changing out the starter ... a vacuum hose, which was brittle from age, broke, and [the relation] used a hose from his propane tank to splice the broke hose together ...

well, it turns out that the splice (which is larger than the original hose) was large enough in diameter to snag the accelerator cable when the engine downshifted ... and then the cable couldn't retract ... so even though i was braking, the accelerator was stuck wide open ...

once the hose was re-routed, the problem was solved ... and even cruise control works again.

crazy.

car drama.