Wednesday I took my truck in to have routine maintenance. Came home, had lunch, then started for an appointment. When I turned the ignition a component warning light came on. Called the dealership, arranged to bring it back in after my appointment. Turns out it was an O2 sensor or some such. The truck is only two years old! Yesterday I took my van in for routine maintenance as my daughter was going to use it to get to St. Lois for a gig. She brought her van in for an oil change and a look to see what might be making a small noise of some sort. She was going to leave it there and get it when she came back. See, my van is in much better shape than hers 'cause I take it in for maintenance when it's due. She tends to forget. Any way, my van is ready so we stop at Lowe's to pick up a couple of tarps, then on to home where she'll take my van to an appointment then go home and get ready for St. Louis. Wellllll, we're on the way to my house, stop at the four way stop, start to continue, get just through the stop to the other side and......nothing. The engine quits. Could. Not. Get. It. Started. Daughter calls the dealership while I call a friend to come pick her up to get her to her appointment. The dealership calls the tow company (which had just recently gone by me). I had a feeling I knew what it was. Fuel pump. Yup. Unfortunately the dealership didn't have one on hand. (They never do). Luckily, my daughter's van was taken care of so that's what she's ended up taking to St. Louis.
There's more to the story but I don't want to bore you with too many details. My van will be ready some time today. No, I don't like to use after market parts, which they could have put in yesterday, because there's no guarantee. I hate to think of how much it's going to cost but....I love my Astro van and will keep it running as long as I can. Wish they still made 'em, but then they wouldn't be as good 'cause nowadays they just don't make 'em like they used to.
Came across these stress relieving tips that I give consideration to:
1. Stand up
3. Take a walk
4. Go to airport
5. Get on plane
6. NEVER RETURN
P.S. My 2005 van has 270,000 miles on it, hers has over 300,000. Mine tows like a charm, hers doesn't anymore. Luckily she didn't have to tow to St. Louis.