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Car Troubles

So, Thursday night after choir, my car decides to FLIP OUT. It started fine... but then the service engine light was on... and then started flashing at me... and then a light saying "security" came on and the "air bag" light came on with the warning bells. And then the engine was kinda chugging. "what the???" So, I turned off the car and checked the owners manual for an indication of what the heck that pattern of lights/bells meant... but no luck. So I carefully drove home with my flashers on, going the back way and going 30mph-ish.

Friday morning, I called the dealership and they told me to bring it in straight away. So, I drove directly to the dealership and they said they would call me after lunch and let me know what the deal is.

Turns out, a nice little family of mice decided my car would make a lovely place for a nest. And since they were in there, what the heck, let's chew on some of these lovely wires and the engine harness! *yea* hm. not. So, they ended up having to repair 7 wires, replace 3 pigtails and replace a spark plug. blah. $740 later.... The mechanic said it usually happens if a car is in storage for an extended period of time... WTF? I drive it multiple times a day... I can't even think of the last time that I didn't drive it for a whole day. So I'm not sure how they had time to build a nest and take up permanent residence... I hope they enjoyed their stay and their meals. If they needed a ride to IBM, they could have just asked.

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wickedneon_ride
Oct. 25th, 2004 06:31 am (UTC)
This is why my car doesn't come with those fancy lights, bells, and whistles...

...that happened to Mom car in NC, though. But it does just sit there 11 months of the year!
blondieoz
Oct. 25th, 2004 08:03 am (UTC)
Hahahahahahaha! That's the funniest thing I've ever heard (minus the $740. That part really sucks). But dang, mice, huh? What happened to them? Did they fall out as you were driving? Or were they still in there at the shop? If so, were they released back into the wild, or were they executed? Also, you'd think with all those fancy lights and indicators they'd have a "Mouse Family in Residence" light somewhere on the dash.
tenthz
Oct. 25th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC)
Damn, yeah, I'm getting myself one of those lights installed.

I don't really know what happend to them... the mechanic cleared out a mouse nest, but he didn't say if there was anything in it. I don't think they would really survive driving anywhere, though. Very strange problem. Yeah, and you can stop laughing at me now. :-P
farandthefair
Oct. 25th, 2004 09:19 am (UTC)
Gotta love dealer's high prices. If that happened to me, I would've probably popped open the hood and looked. Depending on the wires, you could've probably swapped most of them out yourself. $740 is rediculous for $20 worth of copper and plastic.
tenthz
Oct. 25th, 2004 09:49 am (UTC)
being that a) if I had tried to do something myself, I would have screwed it up further, b) they took care of the little critters and their nest for me and c) they also fixed the engine harness... I'm not exactly happy with how much it cost me, but I'm also glad that they took me in right away, gave me rides to and from work, and were helpful in general. *shrug*
memeslayer
Oct. 25th, 2004 12:33 pm (UTC)
That is weird. Were they at least cute mice?
tenthz
Oct. 25th, 2004 01:12 pm (UTC)
I don't know. I didn't have the pleasure of meeting them. :-P
quilynn
Oct. 25th, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC)
I read this and thought, "Awwww! Micies!" They must have seen what an awesome person you were and hopped on board in hopes that they could be awesome too. Too bad they failed.
blondieoz
Oct. 25th, 2004 04:15 pm (UTC)
Wow, that post somehow managed to be overly cheerily-optimistic AND bum me out at the same time. You always were so talented.
thwack
Oct. 25th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
Hmm, if they didn't SHOW you the mice or nest they removed...

...how do you know it wasn't a camel?
tenthz
Oct. 25th, 2004 08:38 pm (UTC)
because a) camels are much more considerate and b) they have much larger teeth marks.
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