Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Nasty cold and vehicle issues

Not much going on today. I've come down with a nasty cold so I'm taking it easy: resting, drinking plenty of fluids, and all that.

I did drag myself out of bed to take the van to an appointment at the garage. It was time for an oil change and there was slow air leak in one of the tires. Next month my lovely wife and I hope to tow the boat down to Florida. My mechanic checks out the vehicle from top to bottom. It's worth it. Outside of a couple dirty air filters and the tire problem, it was in good shape. The tire had picked up a screw. It's been plugged and seems to be fine now.

My lovely wife dove into town to pick me up and her car's ABS brakes started acting wonky. Now that's at the garage waiting for a speed sensor to be replaced. For a brief while we went from a two vehicle family to pedestrians. It happens fast sometimes.

What if this had been a bug out situation and we needed both vehicles? That's the sort of thing I think about when sitting at the garage. The car was drivable, even though the dash board warning lights were lit up like a Christmas tree. As for the van, I do have a small 12 volt aircompressor in the vehicle that I've been using to keep the tire pressure up. The spare tire and jack are in good shape, so the tire could have been swapped out.

It can be tough enough to keep vehicles running during normal times. In an emergency suddenly becoming a pedestrian could be fatal.



  1. There's always a monkey wrench waiting to fall into the plans somewhere.

  2. Better to have the bad surprises out of the way now than on the trip south!

    Hope you beat the cold soon, my friend!

    1. It's worth spending a few bucks to really get things squared away. Better to get the work done here rather on I-95 somewhere.

      Feeling a bit better than yesterday, but far from all better, thanks.