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A most unwelcome complication - Phil's Rambling Rants
December 2nd, 2012
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A most unwelcome complication
I went up to Mt. Prospect for the housefilk at chaoticgoodchic's house last night. The trip up was completely uneventful, the dinner was nice, the music and companionship were good. I got back in my car at 1:00, figuring I'd make it to bed about 4, I'd be tired but it should be OK. It rained off and on as I was driving home, but had no problems, until I got to the interchange between I-57 and I-74. I can't remember exactly what happened. The car suddenly started making a disturbing noise, but I can't remember if it was before I touched the gearshift to slow down for the ramp or not. But on the ramp, the car made "pull over right now" noises, and it was in neutral. The engine was still running but not delivering power. I got onto the shoulder and tried to force the car into first. It didn't want to go, and then it popped right out again. Clearly something is very wrong with the transmission. And it's 3:30 AM Sunday, and I'm a little too tired to think completely clearly.

After a few minutes, I pulled myself together enough to look on the net on my phone, find a tow truck, and have it sent out. Then I texted a friend who is often up at that hour. I had the car towed to the mechanic, my friend gave me a ride to my mom's (thanks Jeremy!), and I spent the night there.

Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting installment of Phil's Car Explodes, Now What?, when I hopefully find out what is wrong with the car, and whether it will take a few hundred dollars and a couple of hours to fix, or thousands of dollars and weeks (in which case, I will have to somehow find another car).

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From:tollers
Date:December 3rd, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
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Oh crap... that's such an awful feeling!

I'm glad you had somebody who could give you a ride, and I really hope the fix for the car is something manageable!
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From:trektone
Date:December 3rd, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
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Good luck -- hope it's not too awful.
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From:phillip2637
Date:December 3rd, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
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I'm glad to hear you're OK from that. I guess there are some positives about driving at low-traffic times.
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From:sweetmusic_27
Date:December 3rd, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)
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Oh, no. Thank goodness you kept it together and your friend was awake. Here's hoping for the best.
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From:polyfrog
Date:December 3rd, 2012 04:38 am (UTC)
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This is what happens when you exceed the design limits of the machine.
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