Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day 29: Purchased

This is an output shaft speed sensor. My check engine light came on a couple weeks ago, so I took it to an auto parts store to get a free scan (who knew this existed?), and the result was p0720 Output Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit. So, after hours of research and many visits to jeepforum.com, I decided I could fix this myself. I took three trips to Napa Auto parts this morning, and $42.95 later, I finally had my hands on the correct part. This lovely output  speed sensor. I shimmied under my car, which was an incredibly claustrophobic experience because you're actually supposed to raise your car to work underneath it (who has time/knowledge/tools for that?), located the part on the transmission, and, after a small battle with the electrical plug and a wrench, I removed the faulty part and installed the new one.

And now, instead of a check engine light and a little jolt when my car tries to shift, my car won't even start. Did I mention that owning a car is the WORST?

2 comments:

Renny said...

Haha, man I feel your pain. My brakes were making funny noises and doing weird things before I left VT. I got my car checked and the guy said something was probably warped and if I could handle a little shaking it should be fine. Fast forward two months and whenever I brake my car makes horrible grinding noises. I take her in (now in Phoenix) and the guy says, "is this an east coast car? The brakes are rusting." When he took them apart to replace the thing that was broken they pretty much came apart in his hands because of all the rust. Whole newe brake job = more money than I ever wanted to spend...

Elisa said...

Ugh.