Ok, I changed my spark plugs the other day and the car has been fine (although it’s onky my second time doing it, I am not all that confident that I did it right…) - she definitely sounded a lot better when I was done.
Well, silly me forgot that it’s September which is a very bad luck month for me and has been (aside from last year) for the last 15+ years. In fact, I don’t bother to make plans in September basically ever. And I’m forgetting that it wasn’t August I decided to take my dogs and cat on a mini road trip from Tucson to Sedona to use our new tent and spend the Mon-Wed “weekend” doing nothing but chasing a ball and swimming in a creek.
We drive through Sedona to the dirt road that has my secluded car camping spot I spend at least 10 nights a year at since I found it, and as soon as we turned the battery light came on. Now, I had noticed a small power flicker… but thought it was just my eyes, or a bump in the road making the lights of the car behind me dance as they donwhen that happens. There was no change in how the vehicle drove powerwise, although there was a small clunk — but it drove just fine another several hundred yards to the next parking area. The clink could have been the car, or a small pothole.
There didn’t appear to be any dimming of the lights or stereo (I have had an alternator go out before while on the freeway of a different car). … after letting it sit for five minutes while I panicked in my head about how I did something wrong, I was able to start the car and the battery light wasn’t on… (didn’t test any further) and it still sounded as fine as a 2008 would - she has some rattling and stuff (and the evap canister does need replacing, I can’t actuallybput gas in at a normal pace).
So rather than driving back another 6 miles to nowhere to set up our tent (boo!), I am less than 60 seconds off the highway… internally freaking out.
So two things come to mind… Prayers that it’s a fluke, or a simple need to tighten the battery again (which should have been fine bc I did tighten it) or at least that whatever it is doesn’t cost more than the $100 I have to my name for the next two weeks…
And two - since I am sitting here uncomfortably close to other people camping (not my cup of tea) bc I pulled off at the first spot there was room to park and am now sitting here panaroid and terrified bc I have no clue what I can/will do if I need to find a shop… any ideas on what to check or what it could be? Help soothe my paranoia… or at least give me confidence to maybe diagnose something.