After a long 17 hours of work, I have resigned myself to resting in the S-10 for the night. Today I completed 23 gas station audits and I have 22 remaining to complete this massive route. A couple of times this afternoon the truck started hesitating when I would accelerate. As I headed to my last stop of the day, the engine shut off when I started to accelerate from a red light. There was some popping sound from beneath the hood, too. Sounded scary. I was able to start the vehicle back up and when I made it to my last stop I bought some fuel injection cleaner. I have no idea if that will help, but I made it one mile further to the Chevrolet dealership. It was closed, but I found a parking space in front of the service center and am camped here for the night.
I am debating whether I should try to finish my route tomorrow and try to drive home, or if I should have the mechanics evaluate the vehicle. The safe thing to do would be the latter - I'm already in the parking lot so no risk of breaking down. But I am sure they will charge a diagnostic fee of nearly $100 just to tell me what the problem is. I could take my chances and hope the fuel injection cleaner did the trick. My route is in a dense area spanning from West Palm Beach to just north of Fort Lauderdale. That's good since help will always be near; not so good that I will be navigating traffic in a truck that is acting up.
Ever the frugal miser, I am sleeping in the truck tonight . It isn't the perfect setup - I can't lie flat so I won't sleep very well. But when I looked at hotels, the cost of one night was going to be almost as much as I earned today. Truth be told, I was already debating sleeping in the truck before it started acting funny, which is why I did not book a hotel room.