One Thing That Sucks

@porwest (62795)
United States
January 24, 2023 5:03am CST
Perhaps it is a first-world problem of sorts? Of course, it is really just a minor inconvenience. Still, it sucks. Let's just be honest here. As you know from my previous post, I will be headed off to Kansas for work and of course I have the work truck. There's nothing wrong with the truck except that it's got a bit over 300,000 miles on it and the check engine light (which is more of an idiot light than anything from everything we've been told) is forever on. When the check engine light is on, the remote start does not work. That's fine most of the time. But with this winter weather I will be running into, it now means I will have to sit in an ice cold truck until it warms up—which is a lifetime when you are sitting in the cold. And if there is any snow on it, which there may be, I won't be able to pre-melt some of that off the windshield before I have to go out there and start brushing and scraping. I will be miserable in that. I think what I am going to do is simply go out and start the truck and leave it unlocked and if someone steals it, I'll just call the boss to report it and deal with the consequences later. Image is mine: My garage in the Blizzard of 2011 in West Allis, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. We weren't going anywhere.
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14 responses
@sharon6345 (326334)
• United States
24 Jan
You managed to figure it out and make me laugh. When they take it you will get back a warm engine. You just reminded me of my garage and I am so thankful.
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@sharon6345 (326334)
• United States
26 Jan
@porwest That is right.
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@porwest (62795)
• United States
27 Jan
@sharon6345 It might be the first time I'd tell a crook, "Thanks for stealing my car." lol
@porwest (62795)
• United States
25 Jan
That would be funny, having the crooks bring it back all warmed up and ready to go and snow removed. lol
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@lovebuglena (38799)
• Staten Island, New York
24 Jan
Can't you turn on the truck and then go and wait inside a building for it to warm up?
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@lovebuglena (38799)
• Staten Island, New York
25 Jan
@porwest that you did lol. Now I don’t know why I wrote that in my response.
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@porwest (62795)
• United States
27 Jan
@lovebuglena No idea. And no worries. I promise to not have you tarred and feathered.
@porwest (62795)
• United States
25 Jan
Ultimately, that's what I said I was considering doing. lol
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@rebelann (104988)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Jan
Holy cow, that's a lotta snow. Boy am I glad we don't get that much here ..... I better knock on wood ..... My dad was a mechanic and always told me that whenever that engine light comes on to find a garage to check it out, engine lights don't come on for no reason.
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@porwest (62795)
• United States
26 Jan
I sell parts to ready mix trup mechanics and two of them hooked up their diagnostics and found nothing, so I am not sure what the issue is. Not my truck, not my problem. I just don't want to be stranded even if I would be stranded and still on the clock. lol
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• United States
24 Jan
Not being able to remote start your truck sounds like a real pain when the weather is so miserable. I probably would start it and leave it running just to warm it up.
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• United States
26 Jan
@porwest remote start is one of my favorite features with vehicles these days.
@porwest (62795)
• United States
26 Jan
In my own truck I use it all the time, especially during the winter and the really hot months. Nice to get into a warm or cool vehicle depending on the weather, and sometimes, especially in the winter, it's nice that a lot of the frost or snow is premelted and easier to clean up.
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@LindaOHio (115172)
• United States
24 Jan
Definitely a first world problem. The older I get, though, the less I like to be inconvenienced. I understand. Drive safely.
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@LindaOHio (115172)
• United States
26 Jan
@porwest It wasn't as bad here as predicted.
@porwest (62795)
• United States
26 Jan
It is what it is. So far at least the snow has not really materialized. I hope it stays that way.
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@CarolDM (201911)
• United States
24 Jan
I wish you well on the road. Stay safe out there. I hope you don't run into a blizzard like the one in your 2011 photo.
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@porwest (62795)
• United States
28 Jan
If I never see a blizzard like that ever again in my entire life you will hear no complaints from me whatsoever. lol ESPECIALLY considering I did not have my snowblower when it hit. Ugh.
A snow blower by any name... If I'd have chosen to name my snow blower Lucille, I'd have found myself singing, "You picked a fine time to leave me." If anyone has been watching the news, there's no secret that a major winter storm just blew through...
@CarolDM (201911)
• United States
28 Jan
@porwest Reminds me of the Buffalo, NY scenes on the news.
@GardenGerty (149153)
• United States
25 Jan
Wishing you luck. Perhaps the snow will not materialize.
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@porwest (62795)
• United States
26 Jan
So far it hasn't, and I hope it stays that way. lol
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@popciclecold (31130)
• United States
24 Jan
I sure hate it for you. You're right it sucks. Wish you the best.
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@porwest (62795)
• United States
26 Jan
Thanks. I am making the best of it. But so far the snow has not materialized. I hope it stays that way.
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• United States
26 Jan
@porwest I hope it stays away too.
@moffittjc (109965)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Jan
I’m glad I don’t live in that type of climate. I have trouble enough here in Florida on the 2 days a year where I have to scrape frost off of my windshield. Lol
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@moffittjc (109965)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Jan
@porwest I guess I can't complain too much. We usually suffer from the opposite here in Florida....where it is so damn hot out that your skin melts to your seat when you get in your car. I guess scraping ice off the windshield is nothing compared to peeling your melted skin off of leather seats in the summer.
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@porwest (62795)
• United States
28 Jan
I will cry no tears for you when those 2 days come around.
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@porwest (62795)
• United States
18h
@moffittjc lol. I hear ya. I DO agree the summers there can be unbearable. I'd prefer to just be a winter visitor.
@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Jan
With luck, no-one will steal the truck while it's warming up.
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@porwest (62795)
• United States
28 Jan
The better luck is that the weathermen were completely wrong and we got nothing. lol
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@Hannihar (125871)
• Israel
24 Jan
@porwest I rhought the picture was the post until I read the post itself.I What you wrote about the light staying on in the truck and sitting in a cold truck in the cold is no fun and then waiting for the heater to work is not fun either.
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@Kandae11 (50142)
24 Jan
Sounds risky. Maybe you should postpone the trip.
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@porwest (62795)
• United States
24 Jan
I was given the option, but I decided I wanted to get this one on the books. I hope it turns out to have been a wise decision. lol
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@sharonelton (15466)
• Lichfield, England
24 Jan
That's very inconvenient and annoying I'm sure. Is there a way you can get the check engine light fixed?
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@MarieCoyle (11477)
24 Jan
I traveled for work off and on for years, and it got rather old in the winter. I didn't really worry about my own driving, however I really was concerned about some of the other drivers. Evidently many of them were never taught that when it's snowy or icy, you MUST slow down. They take off like a shot and bang into each other and hit ditches like it's a smash up demolition derby. Be careful. Or maybe, just change your mind and stay home?
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