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Good news, bad news
The good news is I made it home OK. It was a close thing on a few hills, and there were multiple cars off the road - well, stuck in the banks, partly ON the road, which is worse - creating bottlenecks. And I couldn't get up my road to my house, so I had to give up and go around to Burncoat and come down my street.

More good news - my neighbor let me park in his driveway so I didn't have to park in my street while clearing my driveway.

Which is good because...

Bad news - I couldn't get my snowblower started, even giving up on the pull start and using the electric start. This is the first time I needed it this year, so I think it may just be cranky. After trying for a while I smelled gas, so I figure it flooded. Since it was almost 11PM, I gave up and I'll have to try in the morning. Which will give me the advantage of being able to see what I'm doing. I may need to pull the spark plug and make sure it isn't fouled.

And, possibly worse, my 'Check Engine' light stayed on all the way home. And something *is* wrong. Steering doesn't feel right and there is a buzzing-whining sound while the engine is running. I think it is the power steering pump. I may have overheated it cranking the wheel back and forth so much while trying to get unstuck, since I was turning the wheels against packed snow. I'm hoping it is minor, maybe I cooked the fluid and it just needs a flush and fill, and I don't need any major work. But if it seems to be having trouble tomorrow, I don't think I'll risk driving it to work and having my steering fail on the highway or something.

So I heated up some dinner, and I'm going to crash as soon as I'm done so I can get up early and see what I need to do.

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Current Location: 42.308929N 71.795328W
I am: tired tired
Current Media: TiVo: Modern Marvels

solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: December 14th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
And this is why you should go home from work more often!

Glad you're home safe, anyway...
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 14th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
If your power steering went AND you're overheating, the initial smell could have been you slipping your serpentine belt either at the belt or the bearings. Or, if you're lucky, you just popped a hose on your steering fluid, and cooked that off. Good luck. Hope all is well back east.

-Drive-by Drak
weaktwos From: weaktwos Date: December 14th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Bah! I'm sorry you had a bad evening full of car woes and snow. I hope tomorrow is a much better day. Sleep well!
bdragon From: bdragon Date: December 15th, 2007 05:27 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
the check engine light is supposed to stay on, even if the problem goes away.. I used to have cylinder misfires and I'ld have to get the light cleared... here's hoping it's an old alarm that just needs to be cleared