Yesterday's trip was pretty good, all things considered. My total cost was $34 for an oil change. That was very good!
They couldn't find anything wrong, although the diagnostic readout said there was something (non specific) in the emissions system. They ran a "smoke test" in which smoke is piped into the system, and they watch for the smoke to leak out of holes. Nothing happened. So the mechanic decided to clean as much as he could in the lines, etc., to see if it would help. Apparently it did, as the "gas cap" light hasn't come back on.
They noticed that the oil was the wrong kind, and that could cause the "check engine" light to come on. So somewhere along the way, someone (not the dealership) changed the weight of oil! I didn't notice, because I trusted those who change the oil to read the sticker from the preivous change and follow suit. Clearly, someone didn't. However, I had quit going to the dealership for oil changes because of the distance. The oil change is cheaper at the dealership than at Walmart or the local mechanic, so maybe I need to go back to that. It's just a pain in the neck because of the hour drive. I had them change the oil again, even though it was changed just a week ago, and now the warning light is off.
If I'd been taking the truck to the dealership, they would have advised me about the 50,000 mile check ups, too. I could have had them all done one at a time to avoid a heavy expense. Now I'm faced with almost $1000 of tune-ups and checks to avoid my warranty being voided. GAH!! I need to decide how to go about it, a little at a time, or bite the bullet and just get 'er done. It needs some thought. sigh. My crystal ball says there will be better planning in my future.
I stopped at Lowe's before leaving town and found a tone of great plants to replace those in my large pots on the deck. Many of them were on sale for $1 or $2! I like that!! After I eat breakfast, I'm going to see if I can get some planting and replanting done before noon. We may have some showers this afternoon, and it would be nice to have them in the garden for that. Even though I will water them when I plant, it will be good to have some fresh rain to help them get started.
OK, gonna feed the belly and get crackin'. Y'all have a beautimous day!