Saturday, August 30, 2014
Looks like the truck won't wait any longer
Thanks to everyone who responded to my request for advice about my truck's electrical problems. There seems to be a consensus about the brake light switch and its rotary actuator, a potential ground problem, and the multifunction switch. I'll have the local service people replace all necessary parts as a first attempt at solving the problem.
Unfortunately, tonight the brake lights won't go off at all, despite multiple restarts, kicking the pedal, and votive offerings to the automotive gods (or demons - at this point I'm not sure which!). I guess the battery will be drained by morning. I suppose I'd better arrange to jump-start it tomorrow, drive it down to the workshop, and leave it there for them to start work on Tuesday morning. I'll rent something small and cheap for a few days to give me wheels.
I may yet consider buying a really low-cost commuter set of wheels to run around in, reserving the truck for longer trips and those occasions one really needs to carry a load. If I can't find a cheap used banger, I note that the Smart ForTwo can be leased for $99 a month, which is a phenomenal deal - I might even be able to write it off against my book income if I apply advertising logos to it. I'd prefer something a bit larger, even though they're more expensive to lease; but if the lease can be a tax write-off, that might still be cost-effective.
I'll let you know what the mechanic finds.