Light dawning, fault codes, relapses and having a great deal of fun as life unfolds…

Such fun to be had lately with life’s unfolding that it’s too good not to share and also, I managed to catch the sun rising from my driveway this morning….bliss x

For the last ten months or so I have driven my 4×4 with an engine warning light on and a tricky fault. Two previously consulted mechanics have said that I am OK to keep going so long as I avoid motorways. The fault kicks the engine into ‘safe’ mode and drops me back to 50mph or 30mph with no warning. This has caused some hairy moments and tested my driving ability. I kept saying to myself that when I settled and had the pennies I would get it sorted. Well, best laid plans and all that, I am settled and no longer doing the furniture restoration so I am looking for a cheaper, smaller car to run.

Another mechanic put a diagnostic box of tricks onto the car this week, as I get her sorted to sell, and he made a discovery, or thought he had! He pressed buttons and looked pensive and after a suitable pause, he announced that the work had already been done and the codes incorrectly cleared. So my poor car was running in fault mode with faults she no longer had. The range of emotions that crossed my face as I absorbed this news was apparently very interesting.

I cleaned her (four hours of effort) and made mental plans on her replacement and having some spare cash.

Then last night the fault came back and the friendly and very familiar warning light came back on.

‘Bollocks’ was my first thought…(sorry Mum).

Plan B is now in operation thanks to my supportive friends.

It gave me pause for thought though as I have been running with various fault codes for a good few years now. It’s also a safe bet that some have been ‘fixed’, some are redundant and some are just plain unwanted. Time to run a personal diagnostics update me thinks.

I’ll keep you posted with developments on all fronts. For tonight I am going up to the village hall for a jewellery making demonstration and broach creation competition held by the W.I. (Women’s Institute). Feel free to take the mickey, as my friends have not held back on pithy comments, or laughter at my expense.

16 Responses to “Light dawning, fault codes, relapses and having a great deal of fun as life unfolds…”

  1. 1 countingducks September 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I’ve no idea how you came across my Blog but I’m bloody glad you did. I’ve read your post about the car and I’m wondering if its related to mine. I bought a very nice ( quite new but not entirely new ) Audi. My friends were impressed because it was so clean and newish. I was too, but after a week some yellow warning light came on which apparently said “There is something wrong with your engine but we are not going to tell you what it is”. Several years and services later that light is now on. It has become, in some ways, one of my oldest friends. No doubt I emit a light of a similar quality about myself. I’m going to put you on my Bllogroll, otherwise you will get lost and I won’t remember to come back


    • 2 Jane Thorne September 22, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Hello Peter, I found you through Jacqueline at ‘maturestudenthanginginthere’ and I am also so glad I did. You are great fun and I am drawn to your like minded energy. My engine light, a constant during the last ten months, signalled a major fault. Since my engine is modular it still managed to keep running…clever chaps at Suzuki…the fourth engineer to look at her has diagnosed and fixed it. This may form a blog post! May your Audi continue to run…and may we stay in touch. Have fun, Jane 😀


  2. 3 Shakti Ghosal September 21, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Indeed we need to more and more look inside our ownselves for some much needed spring cleaning in today’s complex world.




    • 4 Jane Thorne September 22, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Hello Shakti, thank you for taking the time to read my post and for leaving a lovely comment. Yes, inner peace in today’s world requires us to ‘de-coke’ inside regularily. Take care, Jane


  3. 5 Granny Trish September 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I was taken to W.I. at the age of 22 by my Grandmother. I had masses of fun and leaned so much to aid me in running a house and bringing up a family. There was the choir, the drama group (much laughter over this) and many parties and outings. No great joke, the joke is on the people who miss out or make fun.

    I have to say that joining is an expensive business today, much cheaper 53 years ago.

    Sorry about your car, very few mechanics understand the computor side of cars today. KEEP CALM & CARRY ON. XXXXX You know who I am. xxxx


    • 6 Jane Thorne September 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Hello Mum…dash it that’s blown your cover xx The W.I. was great last night. A wonderful group of women and there are all sorts of things to do and I have made new friends already. We all had a lovely time. I remember the things you did with Granny Thorne, good memories etched on my heart. The W.I. is exactly the right thing to do to ease me into village life here. A good friend has loaned me her husband and he is talking to mechanics, this will all sort through. Love you Mate, J xxxx


  4. 7 Maxi September 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Transportation problems can frustrate ones life, Jane. Mechanics each have their own solution, buuuut the car still has problems. Diagnostic update sounds like a good idea.

    You have dealt with so much lately, hope the car situation is resolved soon.

    Blessings to you, my friend ~ Maxi


    • 8 Jane Thorne September 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Hello Maxi, I have allowed my friends to step in and a kindly lent ‘husband’ has taken hold of the reins. I trust that it will all get sorted in exactly the right way. I remember your serious car issues and that turned out well in the end. Holding hands my friend, much love to you xx


  5. 9 maturestudenthanginginthere September 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I’m sure we all have times when our inner warning lights are flashing and I like the idea of running a diagnostic check on ourselves – that’s good advice. As for the WI, you go girl – sounds fun!


    • 10 Jane Thorne September 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Hi J, the W.I. was great last night and I will be joining. Wonderful group of women and a good introduction to the village…have fun today my friend, your engine runs beautifully – much love J xxx


  6. 11 tornadoday September 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I love this, Jane. I had a similar problem for a while, which also kept me from getting tags (because my car wouldn’t pass inspection). If I didn’t care, I could have claimed to be living with a long passed aunt in a county that doesn’t do inspections. Instead, I got rid of the car. Just last year though, a dear friend remarked that I should have just poured a pint of rubbing alcohol into the gas tank which would have cleaned all the carbs and helped it sail through inspection. Part of the recommendation I didn’t even hear because I imagined myself driving down the road with my car on fire! Breathe, and know that you’ll have what you need when you need it……… 😉 Love you, Bobbie


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