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Eris is unhappy
This time I mean my car. Yesterday on the way to work the engine sputtered a couple of times at idle and the check engine light flickered. Then on the way home it started to idle rough, and the light came on and stayed on. So I checked the fluids. I was down a quart so I topped it off, everything else seemed OK. Didn't see anything loose. I also put in fuel treatment, thinking maybe I got some bad gas, or water contamination, etc. And I topped off the tank with premium to raise the overall octane in case it was knocking. But today it was worse on the way in - and going to lunch it was very rough at a couple of lights, and it was surging under acceleration. So I called my dealer and left work early to drop the car off. Tomorrow I'll find out how hard I'm getting reamed. I don't believe there is any warranty left. I'll be working from home since I don't have a car. Hopefully I'll have it back tomorrow. We'll see.

You know, I was just hoping for a big, unplanned expense going into the holidays.

I am: annoyed annoyed
Current Media: TiVo: Law & Order

wednes From: wednes Date: November 19th, 2004 12:00 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Damn, that sucks.

You never know...maybe you just need a 50 cent metal washer or something.

(sorry, I dont' know anything about cars)
buran From: buran Date: November 19th, 2004 01:40 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
What do you drive? And I'm not a mechanic but rough behavior like that could be due to a bad mass airflow sensor or a bad oxygen sensor. Please do let me know what the diagnosis is!
ardaniel From: ardaniel Date: November 19th, 2004 03:29 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Last time I was in his car, it was a big purple PT Cruiser.

Have you been keeping up with recalls, Zoner? We got one the other day for our PT. If you're lucky, the dealer will go "oh, we've got a recall notice on this anyways;" you might want to look it up and doublecheck.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 19th, 2004 05:15 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I haven't received a recall in ages - I think the last one was the 'possible fuel leak and fire in a rollover' and that was a while back. There were 2 at about the same time. Chrysler knows where I am - I got the last recalls here. And I've had it in the dealer since I moved. They didn't say anything today.
chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: November 19th, 2004 04:10 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
He drives a Chrysler mini-hearse... erm.. PT Cruiser. :)
buran From: buran Date: November 19th, 2004 08:02 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Which is just a modified Neon (seriously). Kind of scary.

When I say I'm not a mechanic, it just means I don't know all the advanced systems and stuff -- I'm quite the car nut. So hopefully it is one of those sensors which are relatively simple fixes.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 19th, 2004 05:17 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, not quite. The running gear and front suspension is lifted almost as is from the then current Neon - but that's about it. The entire unibody is different, and the rear suspension is different because of the different body geometry.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 19th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
A purple 2001 PT Cruiser Limited Edition. I'll be making another post with the info, I picked it up tonight.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: November 19th, 2004 11:30 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
That sux0rs. Sorry, guy.

Lots of people I know are suddenly having mechanical breakdowns in their stuff. I got hit too, my in my laptop.

Maybe it *is* Eris.