My truck blew up.
Not literally, but it might as well have. I was backing up to pull out of a steel-mill here in Conshohocken, PA, when the damn thing just stopped. Didn't die, but the shifter stopped working and the accelerator did nothing. Got a "Check Engine ECU at next stop message on my screen, and SM in the gear indicator, which means Shifter Malfunction.
OK, try putting the shifter in manual, nothing.
Turn off truck, restart, try again, nothing.
OK, call the shop.
Our mechanic says pull the battery cables, let theECU reset, reconnect.
Do so, restart, put in gear. Fault comes up again.
Mechanic says, "did you pull the fuses?"
"No, you didn't say to."
"Oh, well, do that."
Do that, reconnect, restart truck.
No power. Anywhere. All electrics out. No lights, no guages, no CB, no nothin.
Realize that the truck has stalled blocking the only entrance to that part of the plant in such a way that the wrecker can't get at either end.
Realize that truck has no pressure, therefore the safety-brakes can't be disengaged.
Have wrecker run air to truck. Use overhead crane in manner never intended by manufacturer, to move truck back.
Hook truck to wrecker.
Wrecker driver realizes there is no way to tell whether the trans is in gear without working guages.
Attempts to drop driveshaft.
Driveshaft bolts are immovable.
Attempts to remove halfshaft.
Halfshaft bolts are immovable.
Attempts to remove other halfshaft successful.
Tow truck and trailer to shop, encountering many stubbornly idiotic four-wheelers on the way...
So, I'm stuck near Philly in a hotel. And as a topper to this lovely day, when I fished everything out of my pockets to put it on the nightstand, I found my key a half-inch shorter than usual. Damn thing broke in my pocket!