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As you might have read, I was having some engine-repair woes earlier in the week, but I finally got all that cleared up and everything running smoothly again.


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As a project wears on, standards for success slip lower and lower.


Title shamelessly stolen from one of my favorite XKCD comics.

Yesterday was a “Spring Holiday” (don’t you dare call it Easter) so I thought I’d make great use of my time off and get some things done around the house.  We were expecting a LOT of rain and thankfully it held off long enough for me to get the yard taken care of.  However, I decided I was going to tackle a more ominous project: leaky valve gaskets.

So my Friday afternoon started off like this:

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Sunday evening:

As I was putting away the tools from working around the lawn, I noticed that Sarah had returned from running errands.  She casually mentioned that on the drive home, her Prius had displayed some warnings and she’d like for me to check it out.  The way she nonchalantly described the issue, I assumed that it was another “take me to the dealer” idiot light and began to investigate.

Upon inspection, this appeared to be more serious than just a benign warning light.  Just about every warning/error light on the dash was illuminated.  Worse yet, I inspected the engine bay before diving into the errors and thought the electric motor was unusually HOT.  We had just driven the car back from Florida the day before without any problems and even after 12 hours on the road, the engine wasn’t as hot as it was now.

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