Musings from the Laundromat: Cars & Comic-Con

Comic-Con should have a villain called ‘Check Engine Light’ man.  It would strike fear into the hearts of all who laid eyes on him.

Thought that was an apropos way to start since another Comic-Con is happening without me.

So that stays uncrossed on my bucket list.

Anyway! I digress.

Driving home from the grocery store last night and “DING!” said my car.


Now, this happened last year too.  Car wouldn’t shift, RPMs climbed sky-high … I ended up driving 10 miles per hour home, shaking, heart pounding – then having my Cruiser towed to have an ignition switch and Solenoid replaced.

Shortly thereafter, “DING!” Turns out they put a bad solenoid in.

And my car was fixed.

And my bank account was broken.

Little over a month ago – same issue.  “Ding!”  Light back on, won’t shift, high RPMs – had car towed again.

(I like to think of a tow as a nice little ride for my car.  Wind in its wipers, watering headlights as it enjoys the whoosh of air.  A fun piggy back ride. Takes my mind off the ‘how the hell much is this going to cost me’ thoughts.)

Mechanic could find nothing wrong with it.

Of course.

They reset my engine light and for the past month or so, I’ve been driving it like it has a bomb taped under the hood.

Now, we know I ‘worry too much’.  I’ve heard it enough. But I seriously have a 6th sense about things.  And so when the “DING!” happened last night – and it repeated its symptoms, I stressed the heck out.

Decided there was no point to that.  It is what it is right?

So I had a plan.

Get up early, go to Auto Zone for a diagnostic check – pray it coded with the same thing as last time so even if my car decided not to perform badly for the mechanic, I would have proof.

And it did.

It coded!!! With the exact same issue as the first go around.


I’m holding that diagnostic ticket like it came out of a Wonka bar and after laundry, I’ll set my car off on another adventure and pray the mechanic honors some sort of warranty.

Cars.  They’re the bane of my existence.  My kryptonite.

Seriously though, Marvel?  Consider ‘Check Engine Light’ man.

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About debaucherysoup

I've traveled 4 continents, affording me experiences and adventures to last a lifetime. Most important was the exposure to other cultures, beliefs and lifestyles. I'm also mom to one of the most amazing human beings I know.

Posted on July 11, 2015, in Gratitude, Musings from the laundromat and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. As a former Chrysler owner (I had a PT Cruiser), I both feel your pain and am able to possibly inject some positive energy — this is likely a very easy fix if it is indeed a switch. The part will not be expensive and if the mechanic is honest, neither should the labor. I used to fix problems like this one on my PT Cruiser by myself and I am not all that skilled of a mechanic. YouTube saved me quite often with that car as there often was a video on how to do the repair.

    Best wishes.

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