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I took the van to work today. MISTAKE. GRRR!!!!!
I had to leave it in Lynnwood for now. -sigh- I'm hoping it'll be easy once D gets home to get it back here. Maybe the engine will be cooled enough or something. It took me TWO (count 'em ladies and gents..2) hours to get from Snohomish (Hwy 9 to be exact) into 196th on Lynnwood. I gave up at that point. It backfired and died..no stalling, stuttering, just sorta...died. Left me stranded on the trestle for a short bit (talk about nerves). I had an escort into Everett by a nice police officer, to make sure I didn't stall again. Fortunately, I didn't. I tried to drive home 99, thinking that would be easier. wrong. Oh so wrong.

Mom came and got me. I'm at home now, and I have food in my tummy. Had I realized that the van would act up like this, I would have eaten something before I left the house. Unfortunately, I don't seem to be psychic when it comes to cars.
Someone suggested it could be the timing or a head gasket. Any ideas? Hmm? I'm sure I have some car knowlegable people who read my journal, yes? Please? I hope so.


( 4 comments — Drop A Feather )
Aug. 4th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
I could probably tell you but I couldn't be conclusive without at least seeing it.

Was it running hot? Are you out of water (don't check until it's cool!!!)? Does the fan at the radiator operate (some are electric and only work when the engine is warm, others turn with the engine)? Did the electricity fail when you had stalling and such (like the radio died, the fan slowed down, etc..)? Were there any indications on the dash display, like overheating, oil, etc.?

If you can get it home I can give you a call if you like and walk you through checking a few things out. I should be able to tell you if it's going to cost a fortune to fix or not.

Man I'm sorry to hear about this bad luck. I hope I can help!
Aug. 4th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
No, it wasn't running hot. I didn't check water, but I could do it today or tomorrow as the van won't be going anywhere. Uhm...have no clue on the fan for the radiator. There were no indications other than the usual start up dummy lights when the van started again. The radio stayed on, so no electrical failure. The first time it died, it was hard to get started again...sounded almost like the starter was having issues. But it only did that the one time, that I'm aware of. D drove it from Lynnwood home, so I'm not sure if it did it to him or not.
I'm going to be out and about today, but you're welcome to call about anything :)
Aug. 4th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
I'll try and give you a buzz tonight then.

Sounds like it might be a complicated diagnosis then. Make sure your cell is charged up. hehe

Aug. 4th, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
Cell isn't working -argh-. I'll email you with my home phone :)
( 4 comments — Drop A Feather )

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