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Indicator Warning Lights

November 21, 2011

Here I am in Shelby, Montana after 3 days of driving North through Northern Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Montana.  So far, so good I’m pleased to report…well, except for the two engine lights that came on before I even got out of Arizona.

There I was, minding my own business, when I happened to glance down at the dashboard and saw not one, but two engine lights shining brightly…one of which was blinking at me most insistently.  As soon as I had the chance, I pulled over, fished out the Owner’s Manual, and proceeded to research the problem.  I found that one light signaled a problem with the exhaust mixture…???….big deal…but the other, well, that one gave me pause.  This second light, the one flashing so insistently, seemed to indicate a failure in my 4WD system.     ^@#$%*!!!

I don’t know about you, but I am of the mind that having an operational 4WD system might come in handy while crossing the Far North Tundra/Arctic/Yukon in the winter.  I was in the middle of rural America, so there was nothing I could do until I could find someone who could help decipher the computer generated code/4WD system on my very foreign Hyundai automobile.  Did I mention the Owner’s Manual had a “Caution Box” next to this indicator saying something along the lines of…”if this indicator light is flashing on a continuous basis, use extreme caution and seek the assistance of your dealer AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  The “as soon as possible” verbiage was helpfully in bold print.  Well, I was basically in the middle of nowhere (not the kind of middle of nowhere like I’m going to be in a week or so, but the regular kind of middle of nowhere most folks are used to), so there wasn’t much to do at that point, but once at the hotel, I Googled the closest Hyundai service center and found that it was in Great Falls, MT, which at that time, was 3 states and 2 days away.  Learning this, I Googled for a more local foreign car repair and could only find “American Car” car repair.  Given the fact that I was in rural America at the time, I was not surprised.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I drove the 2 days through icy rain and snow (of course) and arrived at the Hyundai Dealership in Great Falls earlier today.  They could not have been kinder, more helpful, or even more efficient.  I was in and out of there in less than an hour and a half and learned that my 4WD system is and was just fine.  It seems the problem was with the sensor (basically a computer communications glitch and not a systems glitch), which they reset for me.  All of this, including unhooking and rehooking the UHaul trailer, adjusting the pressure in my tires, and a delicious hot cup of coffee cost me less than $70.  Who believes it?  If any of you find yourself in Great Falls, MT and are in need of Hyundai repair or a new car, please stop in at Bennett Imports and ask for Frank.  I recommend them highly!

I’m less than an hour from the border, so with some more luck tomorrow, I’ll find myself sailing along up through Calgary to Red Deer where I will be welcomed by my first ever Couch Surfing Hosts, so stay tuned.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. jeanine permalink
    November 21, 2011 7:36 pm

    I am glad it all worked out so well for you and your car today, Margie. I miss you here in Arizona tho.

  2. Heather permalink
    November 21, 2011 8:37 pm

    Glad the problem is solved and you are off again. Montana is one of my favorite states…glad you were treated well. So will you spend Thanksgiving with a couch surfing host? Wherever you will be, hope you have a great day. …Heather

  3. Li1gray permalink
    November 21, 2011 9:57 pm

    Wow, I wish I had your luck my 4wd lights came on on my dash board on Thursday Of course Anchorage is not the middle of nowwhere but so far I am out $855 and it is still not fixed. I got a call today for another $500 cost. And all I got was “it worked in the shop ok” my reply was, “did you let it sit outside at -10 and see if if would engage like I did on saturday” That is why I brought it back after I simply drove it around the block and found that it was not fun sliding sideways, cause the front wheels are not engaged! 😦
    Good luck, I don’t think I am going to see Frank but maybe I should tell the shop to call him in Montana for some expert advice! Enjoy the couch surfing! Looking forward to hearing about it!

  4. November 21, 2011 10:40 pm

    Car repairs on the road are always a hassle and usually expensive. You lucked out. Dang idiot lights anyway.

    Enjoy your CS experience.

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