Can I just say how much I love my van? It’s diesel, and four wheel drive, with the steering wheel on the wrong side. It eats through snow and has a super tight turning radius; I like to make sudden U-turns anywhere, just cause I can. Also it looks a bit like a hamster, with kind of a silly smile. It’s old enough to drink in the states, but has less than 150k on it. I love it. (sigh)

One problem though, being a used import, it takes some unusual parts. The place I bought it in Vancouver keeps some of the more obvious ones on hand, but that’s 7000km away, and certain parts might have to come all the way from Japan. So on sunday morning, when I was driving down the road and the van just slowed, and slowed, and slowed until it was just moving at a sad little roll slower than walking speed… I was shitting my pants.

I was only a block from Canadian Tire, but rolling it there took an agonizing 15 minutes. Their service dept is closed on Sunday, so I slept in their parking lot that night. The next day I learned that CT doesn’t work on diesels. Called around, found a mechanic who worked on diesels, and who sounded curious about working on a weird import. Called a tow truck, and holy smokes, they sent the biggest mother#@%er I’ve ever seen! Got a piggy back ride to Fred at Master Auto. He was awesome, I told him it was my home and he put a rush on the job, and had it ready for me by the end of the day… except when I took it for a spin it still didn’t run right, so that night I slept my second night at a repair shop. The next day they did some tweaking, and now… it seems to be fine. I’ve got my baby back!

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