|A sentence I never thought I'd utter...
||[May. 22nd, 2004|02:25 pm]
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Okay, I didn't so much fix it, as simply bypass the problem, but I still got under the hood of my car, took things apart then put them back together with new pieces in the mix, and stopped the problem I was having with my car, and created no new ones (other than what I knew would be caused, and don't really care about...)
To start this story at the beginning...I got a new job. I'm a "Photo Editor" (working for a company called PhotoEdit. Almost makes me sound like I'm in charge, doesn't it?), which means that mostly I write captions and come up with keywords for photos and slides that I look at. Occasionally I get to do some actual Photoshop work, where I remove things from the photo that they don't want (so far I've taken out a finger [and its shadow] and a dog...), but that's fairly rare.
So, anyways, I started this job two weeks ago from this coming Monday. That Wednesday, my car was acting funky as I was driving to work. Before I even got to the freeway, it died on me. Thankfully, it died just next to a repair shop. And even better, an honest repair shop. They figured out what the problem was eventually. The computer that controls the fuel injection had gotten water into it, and shorted out, which was causing the fuel injectors to put way too much fuel into the engine, flooding it out.
So, with some help from my father, a replacement computer was found for a reasonable price ($180 including shipping instead of the $800 the dealer wanted...), and was put in (by this point, it was now the next Wednesday). Now, it was pointed out to me at this point that my heater core was leaking, which is what caused the issue in the first place. They suggested that I wrap the computer in plastic to prevent anymore water from getting in, which I did as soon as I could.
Unfortunately, the heater core started leaking out worse than it had been before, very quickly. I basically was having to refill the radiator every time I took a trip. So, after talking to my dad again, I found instructions online on how to bypass the heater core. I went to Kragen and bought the connector needed, and brought it back. Then, after letting my engine cool down for an hour or so, I went back out and worked on my car. It took me a little while to get the hoses off that I needed, but once that was accomplished, the rest was easy. So, now my car has no working heater, but it's no longer leaking fluid onto the passenger floor, and I've got the windows open so that the coolant smell will air out.
As most of you know, I'm not the most mechanically inclined person in the world, so I feel quite good about being able to accomplish this task on my own, with no physical help from anyone else.
Now, to start saving money for a new car!