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Old 03-10-2005, 08:40 AM   #1
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What an afternoon--thanking my lucky stars!

I ran out over my lunch break yesterday to pick up a couple things I needed for a cake I had to decorate last night. It was a three mile drive up a major highway onto another large thoroughfare. As I turned off the road into the store's parking lot, my steering wheel froze up, the oil light came on and my car died. I was in the middle of an aisle, but at least I wasn't on the highway!

Everything just completely died. I couldn't get the steering wheel to un-freeze or the engine to turn over. I ended up spending the afternoon waiting for AAA (2 hours in the cold!) and then waiting for DH to be able to get out of a meeting to come get me at the garage. The only good thing that came out of it was I didn't make it back to work!

Best part about it is the garage can't find anything wrong with the car! It worked fine just for them!

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Old 03-10-2005, 08:54 AM   #2
 
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PA, I am glad you are ok. I wonder what happened?
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Old 03-10-2005, 08:55 AM   #3
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They always work when you take it to the shop

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Old 03-10-2005, 08:58 AM   #4
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pa glad you're okay. that's the most important thing. i had a car that was always breaking down on me. much like yours did. it would just die for no apparent reason. the steering wheel never locked up though. you know 3 mechanics couldn't figure out what was going on with the car so we got rid of it. good riddance lol.
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Old 03-10-2005, 09:00 AM   #5
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They always work when you take it to the shop

Having been on both sides of that coin, I can attest to the fact that there is nothing more frustrating for either pary.

Dealerships hate it when that happens, too.

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Old 03-10-2005, 09:02 AM   #6
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gald you're ok pab. thank god it didn't die on the highway. it might have been salt-water/ice in the electrical system that eventually dried out, or maybe bad gas. my truck did that last year on the west side highway. fortunately it was just past the light at 57th street on an uphill, and it was saturday morning, so the traffic wasn't bad, and they had enough time to see me (and barely miss like it was a game ). it died, i called for a tow, waited about an hour, and tried to start it and it fired up, just a s a cop arrived. then the cop pulls me over a few hundred feet farther up the road, and wants to know why i was "parked" on the highway. duh. i was just happy it didn't stall again.
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Old 03-10-2005, 09:17 AM   #7
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What grade of olive oil did you put in the engine?? Always use EXTRA virgin 5w-30 in the winter. Not of that lite crap!

Glad youre alright. What kind of car is it? Maybe I can research the problem for ya. ;-)
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Old 03-10-2005, 09:24 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone!:)

It's a three-year old Jeep Liberty. I was thinking (hoping) it was something to do with all of the ice and wind we've been having. At least that would make for more affordable repairs!
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Old 03-10-2005, 09:28 AM   #9
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What a bad day!!! I am just glad you are home safe and sound!
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Old 03-10-2005, 09:31 AM   #10
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PA - sounds like it could be a concern with the electrical/charging system.

Once the engine dies - that will account for your steering problem (no running engine = no power steering) and also the oil light (again, no running engine = no oil pressure).

If something like the alternator is on the fritz - the car will try to run on the battery alone, once the battery runs out of juice, the car dies out. The car going to the garage and warming up a bit may have given it time to build the battery back up. Contrary to public opinion/urban legend, cold temps don't kill batteries - heat does, cold just slows down the chemical reaction.

In a case like this, it might just be a bad ground wire (Had one on a starter do that to me once - chased it for a month!). A charging system check might know for sure.

Anyways, glad you're OK.

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