Friday, May 17, 2013

A Trip To County Market and CLT's Brake Lights

Rantoul, IL.

Forecast = Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered storms. Highs around 81°F. Southeast wind to 9 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 60%. Precipitation amounts less than one tenth of an inch possible.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with isolated storms. Lows around 61°F. Southeast wind to 8 MPH.

Just as I thought, Jim and Linda didn't do a whole lot yesterday. Just before noon, they headed over to the County Market Grocery Store and picked up some bread, lunch meat, coffee, and one of those roasted chickens from the deli.

After they returned, Linda had her lunch and Jim laid down and took a pretty long nap. ; ) After he woke, he went outside and hooked up Bobbie T's sewer hose and dumped the tanks. Then, after a nice chicken dinner, Jim went back outside to make sure everything was secured for the night.

That's when he noticed that there were some lights on, on the back of CLT. After checking, he found that the brake lights were stuck on and wouldn't turn off!!! He reached under the dash and unplugged the brake light switch and then did a little checking to try to find out what was wrong.

Well, he found out that there was a little plastic piece on the brake pedal arm that contacts the switch when the brake pedal is released, (turning the switch off), and it had broken and had fallen off and onto the floor, ( more than likely it  became brittle because of age), so there was nothing there to shut off the switch!!!

There wasn't anything that Jim could do last night, so he tried to start CLT, but the battery was almost completely dead and CLT's engine wouldn't crank at all. So, this morning, Jim will go down to see if Paul can bring one of his vehicles over here to our site to jump CLT's battery. Then, Jim will have to try to figure out what to do with the brake light switch. : (

Did you know that in Illinois, most corn is planted so that there will be 35,000 to 40,000 plants per acre?


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