My vehicle is a 1995 Safari Van. We bought it new. I used it for doing art shows, and it has served me well for 16 years. It has about 140K miles on it and we have done the repairs as needed over the years. It has been a very reliable ride.
It was very hot today. Has been for several days. But I did have a few errands to run down in town. In general, as a mater of habit, I turn off the air conditioner when coming up the grade on the freeway that gets me home. Today I didn't.
Today, for the first time in my life, I was one of those drivers who had to pull over with a steaming vehicle! My van overheated!
I do not have breakdowns!
I do not have AAA road service. I have never needed it!
I do not have a cell phone.
But today I was half way up the mountain when the "Service Engine Soon" light came on. I looked at the gages and saw the temperature gage was pegged at the top.
I pulled over at the first safe place and great clouds of steam came billowing out from under the hood.
Now what? I got out, walked to where I could safely stand and waited. I figured eventually the Highway patrol would come by, or if I waited for two hours, Craig would drive by on his way home from work.
It was very hot, but I knew one of the things I had just bought at the store was bottled water, so at least I could get a drink if I needed it.
It is a joint project from several government agencies that provided FREE service to disabled vehicles on our Freeways and Expressways. The objective being to keep traffic moving!
He checked my oil, the hoses, and the cooling system. It was almost dry.
He filled the cooling system and made sure the air was out of it. He ran the heater for awhile to get the water circulating and advised me to take it in and have it flushed and checked over.
All of this for no charge. (Except of course what I pay in taxes) He was very nice and said he would follow me and make sure I didn't have any more problems and was able to get off the freeway at my exit (which was the next exit.)
I offered him a tip, but he refused it telling me they were not allowed to accept tips.
I didn't know this service existed until today. But I was very glad it did.
I got home safely and will be making an appointment to have the cooling system flushed and checked over before I drive again.
A good day.