After my outing yesterday doing some moving, I went home and relaxed, had a shower and puttered around for a bit, before getting ready at about 8:00 to go back out briefly. A friend of mine has asked me to let her dog back in each evening for the next couple of days, so she's not out all night (my friend works until 11:00 pm at the hotel).
I noticed when I went out to the parking lot that I hadn't plugged my truck in, which is unusual (she's been plugged in almost 24/7 for about 3 weeks!). Anyhow, as it hadn't been that long since I'd arrived back, I started my usual routine of nudging the gas pedal for ease of starting, but noticed that the gas pedal was solid. Not a good sign. I tried turning the truck on without the gas and it made a couple of ugly noises, so I decided to push the gas pedal anyway.
The throttle stuck wide open and the engine started racing at the highest RPM, making an awful screaming noise, so I shut it off immediately. I remember this from last year and made the expensive mistake of letting it RUN then, blowing out my water pump and causing about $500 worth of damage. I'm not touching the truck again and am calling a towtruck when I get home this afternoon. I'm very thankful right now that I renewed my BCAA membership in the fall! One tow ($125) is almost double what I paid for a year membership!
I'm hopeful that it won't be as expensive to repair this year because I stopped the engine as quickly as I did. The shop that will do the repairs semi-prioritizes BCAA members and gives a 10% discount if you pay with cash, which is something.
My friend is very kindly going to loan me her car for the day as I have both my vet appointment and college appointment in the morning and then have work until 9pm. At some point, I'll also have to go and pick up my truck somehow. But...*argh*
Strange that it's been almost a year to the day that this happened. It was January 19 last year. I remember because I had to get to a course the next morning and ended up taking the bus (my first and, so far, only experience on Whitehorse transit) Weird!