No, it’s not a secret code, just one that doesn’t really say much. A couple of readers have asked me what I found out about the problem we had with our 2005 Ford Explorer that I wrote about in Friday’s blog post Well, That’s Not Good.
As I wrote in that post, Thursday afternoon we were sitting at a traffic light, and just as it turned green, the Explorer lost power for two or three seconds, and the Engine Safe Mode message appeared on the dashboard and then was gone. It continued to run okay, so I took it to Leon’s Automotive in Edgewater, where we get all of our work done, and even though it was closing time, Rebecca plugged a code reader in and got a P2106 code. The vehicle was running fine and she said she’d do some research and get back with me Friday to see what the code means.
When I talked to her the next day, she said the P2106 trouble code is one of several codes that indicates that the Powertrain Control Module has detected a malfunction and is limiting the operation of the Throttle Actuator Control System. In layman’s terms, there was a boo-boo somewhere.
I told her that I had not driven it since I left the shop, and she said the problem is that the code only gives a general idea of which system to look into, but not any specific part. Since the Explorer is running fine and the message has not returned, they would basically have to just start replacing parts. And since they can’t duplicate the problem, it could run into a lot of money for parts and labor, possibly $2,000 or more, and there’s really no way to know if they accomplished anything.
Given the age and value of the Explorer, Rebecca said that while they would be happy to do the work if I wanted them to, they didn’t advise it. That’s what I appreciate about this small family-owned business. They don’t take advantage of customers. Sure, they could make a bunch of money in a hurry, but they would rather have me as a customer who comes back again when I have a problem because I trust them.
Rebecca said since the problem was there and gone so quickly, it may have been a temporary glitch that won’t return. She suggested I drive the Explorer for a while and see if it happens again. So yesterday I drove it two or three miles, and there was no lack of power or any other problems. It may have just been a little hiccup in the computer system. We’ll continue to drive it and see what happens, but we probably won’t take it very far from home for a while, just in case.
After I drove the Explorer around for a while, I opened the hood of my Ford F-150 pickup and turned the battery disconnect switch to the On position and took it for a ride. I have not driven it in two or three weeks, and installing the battery disconnect switch has definitely solved the problem of the battery going dead when I’m not using it. It only takes a moment to engage or disengage it when I’m using the truck and parking it, so it’s no hassle.
I drove down by our boat ramp and fishing dock, and there were five trucks with boat trailers parked there and a lot of people out on the water. I sat there for a few minutes and saw a couple of pontoon boats and a center console going by. It’s just a little hot for our blood yet, but I’m sure looking forward to getting out there myself.
Back at home, I cranked out a couple more chapters in my new Tinder Street book, a total of 5,750 words by the time Terry called me for dinner. My original plan was to do one book for each decade, the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and so on, although the first book started in 1916 and ended in 1920. However, that book was around 103,000 words, and I’m just over 80,000 words in the new book now, and I’m only up to 1925! So I’ve got to decide if I want to make this book much bigger than the first one or break the decade up into two books. That really doesn’t fit the plan I started out with, so I have to give it some thought.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
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Thought For The Day –Never ask woman eating ice cream straight from the carton how she’s doing. Just don’t.