So, we got up this morning and drove to Fremont Ford in Sheridan, WY to pick up our truck. We arrived around 10:30 and saw it sitting in the parking lot all cleaned up and ready to go.
We went inside and talked to the service manager. He said they test drove it about 60 miles yesterday and did a cold start on it this morning. All the computer results looked good.
He handed me an envelope with our 2-year unlimited mileage warranty. I looked through it - no warranty. He found it attached to the other paperwork on the engine replacement. Glad I looked in the envelope. :)
We paid our enormous bill and left. The truck started right up and sounded good. On the interstate, it seemed like things were fine. I usually don't drive with the cruise control on, but I set it to test it out. We were running at a comfortable 2500 RPMs and a little under 70 mph.
Nearing a construction zone, I took it off cruise control. Then I noticed a little orange light in the shape of a wrench on the instrument panel. I've never had a warning light on my dashboard before, so I noticed it immediately.
There happened to be a rest area and I radioed Linda that I was getting off I-90 to check it out. The engined still sounded fine and I didn't notice any change in performance.
We parked at the rest area and I pulled out the owners manual. Here was what I saw.
Yeah, that can't be good. The engine has defaulted to "limp-home" operation. What the heck does that mean?
I went to the Driver Controls chapter.
Okay, so that was no help either. I got out my phone to call Fremont Ford, but we didn't have cell service.
I thought that maybe this was just a computer glitch or an electronic glitch. So, we got back on the interstate and kept moving toward Gillette, although more slowly. The "wrench" light went off when I turned off the engine at the rest area, and it stayed off for several miles.
But about 20 miles outside of Gillette, the light came back on. I left the service manager at Fremont a message, and we went directly to Thunder Basin Ford in Gillette. I refused to turn the engine off until they looked at the warning light.
They did a diagnosis and a few minutes later came in and told us our oil cooler had blown, that there must have been a clog when the engine was shipped. Okay, at that point, I was just redneck mad and the pacing began.
Thunder Basin said all their service techs were out for training this week and it would be Monday before they could fix it.
Thunder Basin talked with Fremont and Fremont called me. They were sending a tow truck to have it returned to Sheridan. They are going to work on it all day tomorrow. Yeah, there is no cost to us other than our time, and the fact we just spent thousands of dollars on a defective engine or at least a defective engine part.
I've been a nice guy so far, but I'm losing my patience. We'll see where this goes. Right now I'm thinking something a bit stronger than "Sheesh". :)