After work yesterday, I got two lights on the dash of the BMW (E90): “Low Tire” and “Service Engine Soon.”
I’ve seen the low tire one a few times before and it was really cold out, explaining why that happened. The service engine soon light was on again. It had been on and off intermittently the last week or so. With that one, I figured I needed to go the the auto parts store and borrow the computer you need to plug into your car and see what the issue was and then go to the BMW dealer for an expensive repair.
Well, I was able to solve both problems (it seems) last night.
What I Did
I put the car in the garage and figured I’d check the tires later after dinner. The garage in my condo is heated, which is nice. I figured I’d let the car warm up (and let me warm up) before I tackled that project. I knew the tires would warm up, so I might need to do this again soon but oh well.
I finally got back downstairs and checked the pressure in the tires (I have a nice tire gauge that I really like – non-digital). It looked like 3 of the 4 were a little low. I have this little air compressor that you plug into the cigarette lighter, so I plugged that in. I figured I better start the car or else, after a few minutes, it would die since the car likes to turn that stuff off after a few minutes if the car isn’t running.
I had a USB plug (Belkin) that I bought like a week ago in the cigarette lighter. I liked that one because it was really shallow (low profile) and wouldn’t require me to have the arm rest open when wanting to plug it into my iPhone. I unplugged that and plugged in the air compressor and started the car. Starting the car made the compressor run better and stronger anyway.
After 2 of the 3 tires that needed air, the low tire light/indicator on the dash was still on. I got to the third one (passenger front) and it got up to 32 or 36 or whatever and then the light went off. I set the pressure on that tire and then I was done. This little compressor took a while but it worked and I was warm, so I didn’t care if it was slow.
I packed up the compressor and checked the dash and the service engine soon light was off. It then sort of came together – I think that Belkin USB plug in the cigarette lighter was somehow causing that light to come on. It was weird but the timeline worked. I was getting that light on since I bought that thing and now it was unplugged and it’s off. Weird. It was off this morning and has since stayed off – so easy fix, thank God.
UPDATE [12/12/13]: The light came on again yesterday but then it went off. I stopped in at BMW and he said they couldn’t do anything quickly since the light wasn’t on anymore. I’d have to schedule a diagnostic. His first thought was a loose gas cap, which I actually thought of right away and checked a while back. So it’s not the USB thing. I did, however, get gas yesterday and since then, the light’s been off. I wonder if it has something to do with it being cold out and the gas tank not being full. Maybe I’ll throw some Iso-Heet in it in case there’s too much moisture in the tank or something.
Last week we had our ski camp at Loveland. They had a lot more runs open this year than last year as it looks like an excellent start to the ski season in Colorado.
I stayed out in Breckenridge, CO, which is about a half hour southwest of Loveland through Frisco. My brother has a timeshare he let us use and we stayed at the same place as last year, which is a nice condo. There were 4 of us guys there: Don, Fred, Paul and I. We’d eat breakfast there, ski all day, get dinner, hit the hot tub and then go to sleep basically… not a bad little schedule.
We’d meet at 8:30am at Loveland, have a meeting and get on the snow shortly after 9 usually. There were about 12 of us. Unfortunately, there were 2 people that got hit by snowboarders – Don and John. John got hit worse but it sounds like he’s recovering. It’s usually kind of dangerous skiing at any place that just opened for the season as many people aren’t used to skiing and snowboarding.
Here are some pictures with some descriptions – enjoy!
I stopped in at Chipotle last night on Halloween and got a nice treat.
I ordered my usual 3 hard shell chicken tacos with pico and gave her a $10 to pay for it and I got $7 back. I thought they made a mistake, so I mentioned it and she said, “Nope, just look at your receipt” so I did:
They charged me for a “Chicken Boorito” that was just $3 – nice! At the bottom, it says: “This Halloween, come into any Chipotle dressed in costume and you’ll score a $3 burrito.” so apparently me dressed as myself was scary enough.
Al an I went to the Packers game on Sunday and I ran down when the Packers scored and kicked the field goal. This image shows where I am – above the “4″ in “40″ on the clock in a green coat:
And then click on this one to see the full image / zoom in:
It’s September and the leaves are a changing… just starting to here, actually. We got a little rain in the last week or so and that slowed things down – so I got that going for me, which is nice.
I had lunch down on the Capitol Square today and got this shot in. Enjoy! Click on it to see a larger version.