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The Rain And The Car

the car, check engine light

The Rain

That’s it. Just the rain.

The Car

Something’s wrong with the car. We went shopping earlier and it was fine. Now when I get to about 12 mph it starts shaking violently and the dash lights start flashing. I’ll take a look at it tomorrow when it’s no longer pouring down rain. Hopefully it’s something simple and stupid.

The Car – Part 2 – The next day

It’s not something simple and stupid. It appears to me that the CV axle is loose. I have to call the Toyota dealer on Monday to come and take it to the shop.

The Car – Part 3 – Depression

At first I thought I was over-reacting. A broken car is really nothing to get depressed about. It’s much more an inconvenience than anything else. Then I did my breathing and meditation and it came to me that it isn’t the car being broken that is bothering me.

I watch a lot of car fixit shows. I know how to replace a CV axle. All I need is a garage, some new tools, a good jack and some jack stands. The only real show-stopper there is the garage. I can’t really do all this work while it’s parked out on the street. But that’s just an excuse.

What’s really bothering me is that I don’t trust myself to be able to fix it. This feeds into my feelings of inadequacy. That is what’s triggering my depression. Now that I know what it is, maybe I can deal with it. And to be fair to me, The axle may only be a symptom. I think I’ll let the pros handle it.

The Car – part 4 – Hazzah!

So it was something stupid and simple after all. Late last night I was going through all the pieces in my head and came across something I hadn’t considered. The traction control is run by a computer. What would happen if I rebooted the system? So this morning I unhooked the battery and let it sit for a while. Then I hooked it up again and went for a test ride. (While Pat guarded my parking spot.)

IT WORKED! No more weirdness. It drives fine. So yes, the car was actually fixed by rebooting it.

Photo by Robert Couse-Baker

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Tags: , - Author: Tom - Published: April 10, 2018

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