7:55 am - Sunday - July 11th - Seal Rock, OR - 54° F, 94% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the east northeast......partly cloudy....sunny this morning...forecast high for the day is 61° F. On this date in 2014 TLE and I were eating dinner alfresco at Steamers Bar and Grill in South Lake Tahoe, CA......↴
.....which we followed religiously. When we returned to the shop that Friday morning all the data fields had repopulated except for the 'Air Injection Monitor'. We were given another set of instructions at that time, and they also required another 'cold start'. For clarification, a 'cold start' means the car has been sitting with the engine off for 8 consecutive hours. Since it was now Saturday (June 26th) and the shop would not be open on Sunday we drove home determined to return in a couple of weeks after completing the new 'cold start' instructions, which we did.
.....he advised the shop was not open on Saturdays, but they had a second shop a few miles away, and he had already called them to let them know to expect us.
.....I felt like crying.....after two trips, four days, and a $1,000 in costs (gas, hotels, repairs) we passed the stupid smog test. In all we've spent exactly zero dollars on maintenance the last two years, so average the $1,000 over two years and it comes to $500 per year....not too bad if you look at it like that. Within 5 minutes (11:20 am) we were on the road for the next 8.5 hours to get home by 7:45 pm....we should have been home by 6:30 pm......