Day 130 | Solving problems Pt. II

Day 130 | Friday July 22

As expected I didn’t had much sleep last night. Around 7 I was already wide awake and went for breakfast. The mechanic told me yesterday that he would be at the garage at 7.30 in the morning and would look at my car instantly. So I was desperately waiting for a phone call.

I had some other things to fix too. I needed to find that small plug for the car. I visited several PC-stores, electricians and car shops but they all looked at that plug like it was from another planet. At one PC-store they found a similar plug though in an old computer and I could have it. Hope this will fit into the machine.

Around 12 the mechanic from Alta Motor called “we still haven’t looked at your car but it’s next in line.” One hour later he said he wanted to pick me up at the hotel because I needed to have a look at it… The tension was rising.
At the garage they explained it was not a problem with the gearbox itself but something between that and the electric motor. They wanted to inspect it further but were not really comfortable with it because of course it’s electric and chance of electrocution. I called Wim in Holland and he explained me the process of turning off the power in the car. After this was done they felt more secure and could inspect it better.

A few hours later they came with the decisive answer: a loose bolt between the gearbox and the motor was the cause of the problem. And it was easy to fix!
About an hour later everything was put in place and the car was ready to go. I’m very grateful to the people at Alta Motor for their professional and quick help. While most mechanics were on holiday and with a waiting line from 4 weeks they managed to get the car ready to go in just a few hours! Excellent work!

Now I needed to find a place to stay tonight. A few days ago I was stating at Ove in Meistervik. He told me his brother in Alta could probably help me out so I send him a text to see if it was still possible. Apparently his brother was not there but his sister had a caravan where I could stay, perfect!

A bed was fixed, now some food. As I was happy that the car was driving again I wanted to take it for a test drive. It feels better then before the problem started, especially when starting and braking. I drove past hotel/restaurant Thon Vica and explained them my story. I could pick anything from the card and they had reindeer steak on the menu, as this is a local speciality I wanted to try this one. It actually tastes pretty good, more or less like a cow.

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Day 129 | Ai caramba!

Day 129 | Thursday July 21

Today the sun was shining, it was around 22 degrees, when I woke up I could see the reflection of the mountains in the lake, sharp as a mirror. A perfect day. I ate breakfast in my caravan which Kurt has left for me as he needed to leave early. Around 9 I started driving and only 2 minutes later a weird and loud noise was coming from under the hood. I realized this beautiful day was over.

The car was not starting anymore. I called Wim from Costumcars for some back-up and let him listen to the sound of the engine. He thought it was a problem with the gearbox or something between it but of course it’s hard to tell from distance what exactly the problem is. I phoned my insurance and they said they could cover the expenses. I called the Norwegian Road Assistance and they said they would send a guy right away.

An hour and an half there was still nobody here and the callcenter woman told me there has been a mistake. So they would start the process again. An hour later someone called me and ask how I wanted to pay, I told them my insurance would cover it but they needed a prove. Another call to my insurance and now it seemed fixed, they would send someone out. An hour later they called and said they were on their way, it would take just one hour to reach me…

So exactly one hour later and 5 hours since the problems began the road assistance arrived. He didn’t look at it and instantly pulled the car on the truck. It had to be moved to a garage in Alta, which was were I wanted to go anyway. My insurance would cover the costs.
We got to Alta around 18.00 and the mechanics already went home. They told me that they have a waiting list of about 4 weeks as most mechanics are in holiday, ouch.

I had no plugger in Alta but my insurance would cover 10 days in a hotel and I found a room in the center. The owner of the garage was a nice guy and gave me a lift to the center. I’m hoping he can make some time in his busy schedule to fix the car of needed.
Around 19.00 I checked into the hotel and now I just needed to get some food. Next to the hotel was Peppes Pizza who were willing to offer me a free pizza! They told me it was a small 1 person pizza but I actually received a fairly big one which took all my hunger away.

Today was a big shock, the problems seem quite big. The owner of the garage told me they are going to look at it first in the morning to see how big the problems are if it can be fixed at all or later.   I will probably have a sleepless night but I’m lucky that it happened here and not in the middle of nowhere.

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