Sunday as Rachel, Taylor and I were heading to my grandma’s for some delicious vegetable soup, my truck died. I was able to get it re-started to get it turned around and on the way back to our home. It stopped about 50 feet shy of our driveway, and in the middle of our road. We tried to push, but it wouldn’t budge.
An argument ensued, and I decided we leave it there for the moment and enjoy some soup to warm our souls. We would return to move the truck soon enough.
When we returned, we couldn’t get the truck out of Park. It just wouldn’t budge. I don’t believe it’s my ignition switch again, cause we can crank the truck and the steering wheel isn’t locked up.
All in all, there are 2 problems affecting my truck that if taken to a shop will cost around $1,000 to fix. My fuel pump has bit the dust, and some safety device which prevents the transmission from coming out of Park.
With the help of my neighbor Bill, I removed the drive shaft and we pulled my truck with Rachel’s Kia.
I can save myself about $600 by installing the fuel pump myself. There are many “ifs” in this situation though. I’ve never replaced one before, the weather is not conducive to working in the cold, did I mention it’s cold?
Rachel wants to just get rid of the truck, but it’s imperitive that we have a second mode of transportation. Should I get a job somewhere not on the IU campus, I will need a way to get there.
With the trucks’ current condition, we would have to give it away. Something I’m not willing to do.
I hope the truck isn’t still broken down by the time we need it, such as 6+ inches of snow.