I think my truck hates me

I’ve begun to think that my truck hates me. Last weekend, I had it at the shop because the heater has been working intermittently this winter. It turns out that the heater core was clogged, which meant that very little hot coolant was flowing into it to actually make it work. On top of that, I needed new back tires. Those two things ended up costing me just shy of $400. A few months ago, I had all 4 shock absorbers and the front tires replaced as well as a frontend alignment and something else I’m forgetting. All of that cost $800 or so.

Tonight, when I started my truck to leave work, the Service Engine Soon light came on. I was not happy. I stopped by AutoZone on the way home to have them pull the diagnostic code. The guy hooked up the reader and the first thing he said was “Ooh, this is a fun one”. I cringed. The code was “random cylinder misfire”. I cringed again. He said that there a few things that would cause this problem. The first was a fuel pressure problem, which makes sense since my truck tends to idle a bit rough and have some problems starting (when the engine is cold (regardless of outside temperature), I have to turn the key for 10-15 seconds or even a second time). The second possibility is the crank and/or cam sensor. I’m sure either of these possibilities will cost me lots more money. Hopefully, this will be covered under the 3-year/36,000-mile coverage plan I got with my truck when I bought it in September 2005. I guess I’ll call the dealer tomorrow.

4 thoughts on “I think my truck hates me”

  1. Dude, that sucks. I’ve been having car problems myself. Every now and then my car decides that its going to die every time I take my foot off the gas. I think its a rush hour protest, because thats when it seems to happen the most. I wish it would refrain on icy hills though. I’m going to have to take it into my boyfriends shop when I get my student loans. I also have to buy new glasses, because I broke my old ones. Suck!

  2. I wonder why gentoo developers tend to be pussies in other life aspects ?

    Dude, emerge yourself Haynes service manual for your truck model, roll up your sleeves, solve dependencies and recompile the thing ;o)

    If nothing else, you’ll get that unmistakable Gentoo feeling that one experiences when fu*king around with equipment that his a** might depend on the very next day….

  3. Heh, I’ve had Haynes manuals for previous vehicles. I’m somewhat comfortable doing simple repairs, but I don’t mess with anything that has the potential to leave my vehicle undrivable 😛

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