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Well, hell.

I'm typing this post from my iPhone. The reason I'm typing this from my iPhone as opposed to my computer is I'm sitting in my car. The reason I'm sitting in my car as opposed to my office is my car is not working. The reason my car is not working is unknown at the present time.

I'm hoping it's bad gas. That may seem a strange thing to hope for ("gee, I sure hope I have a tankful of bad fuel in my car right now!"), but it beats the alternatives that present themselves to the mind of this humble scribe.

See, this car, whose legendary reliability I've remarked upon before, was low on gas this afternoon. So I pulled into a gas station, whereupon I proceeded to put 9.3 gallons of gas into a 10-gallon tank. At the completion of this relatively trivial exercise, the car refused to start.

Oh, it turned over just fine. And made enthusiastic "I'm going to start now" noises, but starting conspicuously failed to happen. So, in the spirit of post hoc, ergo propter hoc reasoning, I am thinking, or perhaps hoping, that the gas I put in the car was more like water, or breast milk from a bevy of Italian supermodels, or something.

And now the tow truck is here and I must be off.


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dwer
Nov. 11th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
did you accidentally put diesel in it?
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dwer
Nov. 11th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
I think the pipes are different too, but sometimes you can encounter a car that doesn't restrict them.

Maybe his distributor cap chose just this moment to die...
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dwer
Nov. 11th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
I'm not a car guy, really. Sparkplugs? Starter? It's not the solenoid, or it would have just gone "clicky clicky clicky".
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tacit
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Interestingly, that was the very first thought that occurred to me, and I checked the pump to make sure it didn't have a diesel setting. (That pump didn't.) I even smelled the end of the gas nozzle, on the idea that it was possible for a fuel delivery driver to have accidentally filled the wrong underground tank with diesel.
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winterlady
Nov. 11th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)

Oof. Let's hope the universal comet of suckage passes quickly leaving nothing behind bug fairly innocuous gas, as opposed to, you know, the more poisonous type.

:(

::smacks the universe for you::
delphinea
Nov. 11th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's time to invest in that date van! *snorf* But seriously, I hope it's something that's easily (and inexpensively) resolved.
tacit
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Funny you should say that. The place that's fixing my car right now has a minivan (with seven seats!) out front with a "for sale" sign on it.
fionn_mcgreggor
Nov. 11th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
I blame your post about it being a poly-unfriendly vehicle. Coupes are notoriously easy to upset.
anansi133
Nov. 11th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
If your 'bad gas' theory is correct, then a bottle of fuel additive might fix it. My car has had this problem from time to time, and the additive trick seems to work pretty well.
darkgods
Nov. 11th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Egads, the aggravations from such a necessary tool. Obviously you have gremlins. Feed the gremlins peanut butter and bologna.
sheinafae
Nov. 11th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
What do ya know, I am reading your lj from an iPhone! But I am not in a car. I am in a bed. The iPhone is not mine... But then again, neither is the bed ;)
fionn_mcgreggor
Nov. 11th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
That post with that icon is ... disturbing ;)
sheinafae
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Hehehehehe... totally didn't even notice what icon was my default when I posted.....
(Anonymous)
Nov. 12th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
they forced me to learn Lating for 5 years at school...
think it's "propter" not "prompter" heh
tacit
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: they forced me to learn Lating for 5 years at school...
Right you are! I fact, I've fixed it now. :)
skitten
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
bummer. hope it gets magically fixed...
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