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(Vaguely like) Scorchio!

The tipping point for “summer”, for me, is the point where I can sit outside on our patio and read in the sunshine, without needing winter wear. That point came last weekend, where it was almost hot there for a while. Granted I was wearing a fleece jacket, and the moment the sun vanished behind clouds the temperature dropped fast. But who cares, it felt like summer, or at least like a proper spring.

The cats approve, too. Despite the still lingering huge piles of snow all over.

Managed to switch to summer tirer on the car, too, though otherwise the car is still in an immobile state. The radiator leaks and (I think) the thermostat is also a goner. That, or the water pump. Hope it’s just the thermostat since that’s a fairly cheap replacement. Anyway, the thing started overheating recently and I just barely got it home. Now have a new radiator as a spare part and garage time scheduled for next week, we’ll see what the mechanic says. Hope it’s nothing too serious, the weather is starting to look like I can finally drive with the top down. Whee!

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(Vaguely like) Scorchio!

The tipping point for “summer”, for me, is the point where I can sit outside on our patio and read in the sunshine, without needing winter wear. That point came last weekend, where it was almost hot there for a while. Granted I was wearing a fleece jacket, and the moment the sun vanished behind clouds the temperature dropped fast. But who cares, it felt like summer, or at least like a proper spring.

The cats approve, too. Despite the still lingering huge piles of snow all over.

Managed to switch to summer tirer on the car, too, though otherwise the car is still in an immobile state. The radiator leaks and (I think) the thermostat is also a goner. That, or the water pump. Hope it’s just the thermostat since that’s a fairly cheap replacement. Anyway, the thing started overheating recently and I just barely got it home. Now have a new radiator as a spare part and garage time scheduled for next week, we’ll see what the mechanic says. Hope it’s nothing too serious, the weather is starting to look like I can finally drive with the top down. Whee!

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Car off to the doctor

All right, my poor “won’t start coz I ain’t gettin’ no sparks” car was finally towed off to the repair shop last night – it’s been sitting in the company parking area for 1.5 weeks now, waiting for the repair shop guys to get back from vacation.

The towing process proved to be extremely painless, especially since I got the good suggestion from somebody-I-don’t-remember-who to check if my insurance covers it. Well, what do you know, turns out it does (I even called them to make sure). Funny, I think this is the first time I’ve ever put my car insurance to use. Anyway, the towing company also had the nice option of sending the bill directly to the insurance company, so in the end all I had to do is say “hi!” to the guy in the tow truck and he took it from there – to the extent to dropping the car keys and a printed “fix this” explanation note off at the repair shop. I didn’t need to do anything or pay anything, which is nice. Of course, the repair guys will expect me to actually pay them and to fetch my car, it unfortunately won’t materialize at our home parking spot fully fixed, shining and already paid for. Oh well.

No idea about what’s actually wrong with the thing, except “won’t start”, or more specifically: isn’t giving power to the spark plugs, which quite reasonably then don’t do their thing. Could be a very simple thing, could be something more complicated inside the ignition system – we’ll see. There’s also an older problem with the engine fan (runs all the time, regardless of engine heat) that I asked them to fix at the same time.

Cars. Don’t know how to fix them, can’t easily live without them.

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