So, it is finally Friday night, and here I sit with both the Beamer and the truck at school. I had to get a ride home last Friday, leaving the little car here, as it blew up when I pulled in.
Yellow-green fluid coated the inside of the engine compartment, and steam hissed out all over.
I could not reach the mechanic all day. (He's a sheriff's deputy. I'm not sure if he moonlights as an auto mechanic, or considers the police job as the moonlighting. Sometimes he has to sleep, and if there's an emergency, he goes...)
One fellow teacher thought it was probably a radiator hose. After school, I opened the hood and looked, but could not see any obviously damaged hoses. Most looked new (I'd replaced a lot of them before.)
Catching up with the only person who now lives anywhere near where I do (on the far edge, one farm away from the end of the district), a janitor, I got her assurance that I could ride home with her. At 9:00 pm.
Last Saturday, I had a tow truck haul the Beamer to my mechanic, the only one in the area who will work on it. By Wed. it was ready. No, we didn't have to send to Germany for the hose... it was the thermostat. It got stuck and caused the engine to either blow a head gasket or crack a head, no way to tell without tearing the engine out and opening it up, which comes under the heading "major repair". which he doesn't do. ("That's the second one I've had today. The warm weather seems to be causing havoc with them. He blew his head gasket/head, too.)
"$700-1000 to repair, IF you can find someone else to work on it, as I don't do major things like that, and IF you can find the new engine." (They quit sending the diesels to America shortly after my car came over...)
"I drove it up to Millerton and back, about 20 miles, after we got the thermostat replaced. It ran fine, but you now blow white smoke out of the rear end."
The bottom line is, if I watch the antifreeze, I can drive it until it "really" blows -- no idea when/where, but he thinks my goal of getting to 300,000 miles (the life expectancy of a diesel engine) is unrealistic.
So, here I have two vehicles at school and no way to get the second one home. Actually, I'm not that upset about it -- if the little car blows, I can drive the truck home... Just pray it doesn't happen en route.
If they were horses, I could ride one and lead one, or just let it tag along. Their herding instinct is quite strong, and they dislike being alone. Evidently, so do my vehicles...