Shake, Rattle n Roll Van
OK, our Honda Odyssey is hitting the 260,000 miles mark. We’ve loved this van but lately it has developed a quirk. You see, what we believe is happening is there is a small short between the brake pedal that causes the electrical portion to have amnesia occasionally. What that translates to is….the vehicle will be running, but we’ve NO lights on the column and the ability to shift into drive or reverse is GONE. Yup, just sitting there using gas and not going anywhere. Our side doors are electric only as well and they don’t open or close when this happens either….was tough when 80 plus year old Grandma was in the van and the kids just told her “Just hop over and go out the passenger door!” NOT gonna happen.
So, the first time this happened to me was when I was in my friends driveway….I was SOOOO embarrassed and no one was around, I didn’t have a CLUE what to do….so some type of non-mechanical instinct took over and I opened my driver’s door, stood up and pushed in anger against the vehicle….the lights popped on and I was able to back out and drive away. I didn’t tell my husband. Not sure why, but just didn’t. Weeks go by. Hubby goes somewhere and has the same problem….ooops. He calls me, I tell him “get out and shake the vehicle.” It works again….he was like “how did you know to do that?” Hmmm – divine intervention and I didn’t even call Click and Clack!So, after numerous more times of getting out and shaking it – seeing the lights come on, jumping back in, then they disappear before I can get it in gear….repeat….we learned as a family we can all sit in the van and shake forward/back, jump up and down and the lights pop on again. Yaahhh! So…if you are out there and wonder what is wrong with that family in the white van……we are just a rockin’ n rollin’ down the road of life! This Sunday when it happened in the church parking lot, the boys broke out singing "Shake, Rattle and Roll, Shake, Rattle and Roll" Too funny!
When life gives you lemons….make lemonade! We have gallons of lemonade so come on over.