Thursday, April 27, 2006

Caregiving: ... "get a horse"

     The day after the MS Walk our wheelchair accessible van would not start. On our 48th day as owners, this Dodge “Certified Pre-Owned” Vehicle was towed away for service. 

     Monday it wouldn’t start. Baffled and after hours and hours of different diagnostic tests, Dodge service tells me late Wednesday they believe the problem is a failed system computer that controls the van’s technology.

     As soon as they can get the replacement part, they can install and test. "If" that is the problem then the van will be ready. Estimate another 1 to 2 days.

     If there is a silver lining, I’m told that because I purchased the van “Certified Pre-Owned” that the labor and parts are no cost to me.

     Fortunately when we bought the Dodge Grand Caravan ES with IMS RampVan Conversion, I kept our Ford Taurus Wagon and 'transfer board'. 21st Century vehicular technology, or gadgetry, is nice but I can “depend” on a good ol’ 20th Century vehicle. And I can always “depend” on my own strength and the principle of an ‘incline’ for transfers. Picking Patti up last night for dinner at home and a visit to our local ice cream parlor we did things the "old way". <grin>


  1. hope your dodge gets fixed quick; thankfully you were able to resort to the old way of doing things, but let's hope you won't have to do it that way too many times. Good think you had the warranty still in effect so that its not an out of pocket expense for you.


  2. good thing you kept your old car :) have a good week and i am glad you had a good walk



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