Thursday, February 6, 2014
No really, I inadvertently fixed my van and DJ's car. No really, I did. I should start another blog and tell people how to fix their cars and be rich. And also, have enough money to buy a new car.
Anna's car is still going strong and started without incident during the cold snap. Den's car isn't creaking but the windsheild is still cracked. It's right in the corner so it isn't a major thing. DJ's car runs like a champ and starts like a dream even when it is super cold. But the check engine light was still on. My van is fixed except for the check engine light and the sensor that fell out of the bumper. I'm getting closer!
I said, "Maybe I will show everyone up and fix it myself." Den and the certified mechanics don't have my mad car skills. So there!
No really, this was a complete fluke. When I took my van in and they said I had all these things that needed to be fixed and then Den complained, they said well its just by miles we didn't actually look to see if it needed it. And then with DJ's car being in all those times and not getting fixed, I really think that they do what Den does and take a guess at what the problem is. I'm so lucky that Den can fix a lot of things. And he's lucky that I can fix cars too. Giggle.
I also, wanted to say thank you to everyone that sent me happy car thoughts and positive vibes to our cars. That may have fixed them both too.
Anyways back to the great news, the check engine light went off in DJ's car and my van within 2 days of each other. Weird, isn't it?I thought that it was hoses that had slight cracks.
It was just too strange to have 2 vehicles self-heal in 2 days. Maybe when they told us what was wrong with the van(the hose) they messed with it and it started working. But since they didn't seem to actually check anything, I doubted that that was it. The code that kept coming up with the van was that it was running lean. The gas/air mixture was off.
DJ's car problem was the idle was high. It was the same code over and over and every part that was replaced didn't fix the problem.
We added half a can to each car and forgot about it. It wasn't until we both had used a tank of gas that the check engine lights went off. I checked the site and it said, "As a fuel system additive, Sea Foam helps, clean carburetor jets, clean passageways, clean fuel injectors, clean deposits, stabilize fuel for up to 2 years, control moisture and adds lubricity to fuel."
I bet that both the car and the van had some gunk that was making it run lean and the high idol. Both of those codes have something to do with gasoline. How many times does a cold snap actually help a car run better?
How awesome is this!!! I wonder if SeaFoam could fix a window.