342 miles yesterday. From Wichita Falls, Texas to Tucumcari, New Mexico. We were making miles, I was listening to an audiobook, all was right with the world.
Pushing buttons and twisting knobs to find out what the “Engine Fault Code” is to make a slightly educated guess at the problem I got this…
Hunting through the myriad of selections that generally apply I got this….
Ya, right. Find the owner’s manual. Of course every truck we move come complete with an owner’s manual. NOT.
These trucks have automatic transmissions. When I pressed the “D” button to drive forward, after releasing the air brakes…
Nothing happened. When I depressed the gas pedal the engine didn’t even rev up. Now what the stinkin’ heck do I do?!
Call All-Rite Towing and Truck Repair is what Joe does.
The man that came out tried to figure out the problem via his mental road map of truck oddities.
Each truck built from 2002 and on has a computer in the engine. A “Diagnostic Port” is located on the lower left of the dash console just below the ignition switch. The previous owners of this truck removed the Data Port.
Enter the “Big Dawg”. All-Rite Towing’s monster truck.
The driver had to get behind my truck in the parking space to get my truck connected and towed out of Love’s and off to their shop.
The guy tied off my steering wheel…
Joe blocked traffic so the All-Rite guy could back out of my parking spot and head for his shop.
Joe is a “Haggler”. The cost to be towed 3-1/2 miles was quoted at $425. Joe got them down to $350. With all the repair costs so far: $198 for Joe’s tire; $159 for my radiator hose fix; and now the $350 tow charge these trucks purchased at auction are going to be expensive to the new owner. Not to mention the costs involved for our “Downtime” and hotels.
So now what are we going to do?! I’m not sure. Joe’s back truck has a “Check Engine” light on as well. BUT that truck still has the Diagnostic Port so the mechanics can run a check on the Fault Codes to find the problem.
Three things can happen.
1. My truck can easily be fixed and it is back to the highway headed to Oakland, California.
2. Fix Joe’s back truck and we switch them out. Joe will tow the truck I’m driving and I will then drive the other truck.
3. Leave the truck I’m driving in Tucumcari for the Oakland people to make arrangements later to go get it and I finish the trip as a passenger.
We haven’t had a “Trip from Hell” in quite a while. Seems we were due for one.
Further updates will be added tomorrow. I know, you can hardly wait 🙂
Hope your day is better. And Maureen, your car problems have reached the “Three in a Row” cycle so you should be good now for a long while.