The Anticlimactic End

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

Why was Timmothy's car smoking?

Because Dad did a stupid thing. He threw this under the hood to warm it up.

Whether the idea was stupid or genius the placement of the heat gun was definitely stupid. When I laid it on the engine I failed to realize I put the hot metal end of the heat gun on top of the plastic oil filter cap.   The cap tried it's best not to go up in flames after an hour it gave into the heat.

The smoke was actually the plastic had caught fire. Lucky for me the oil inside the filter had not yet hit the flash point. Not knowing that it burnt all the way through Dad did another stupid thing... I told Timmothy to try to start the car. Have you ever been to Yellowstone park to see Old Faithful? We had our own version only with oil instead of water. Thankfully Timmothy saw what was going on and quit turning the key... but we still had a bit of a mess to clean up.

Fortunately the auto parts store was open and had a new cap for us. They also had gas line antifreeze which solved to true problem. Lucky for me (Dad) my mistake only cost me $20.00. Timmothy's car is on the road once again.

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Comments (24)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thanks Laura Cerrano this is one of those stories that could have ended in a fire and grand explosion but I'm glad it ended in a much more boring fashion. 

Jan 11, 2022 05:12 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I did Grant Schneider and it could have ended very badly but thank God it did not.

Jan 11, 2022 05:13 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

We did get lucky Brian England . At this point the only issue we are having is the brakes are hard to press. We don't know if that's from the car being frozen or if a brake line got restricted from the heat of the heat gun.

Jan 11, 2022 05:15 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It could have ended very badly Kat Palmiotti but as you said we were lucky and Timmothy was really happy to get to college on his own.

Jan 11, 2022 05:17 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Oh wow, Bob... well, all's well that end well. And fortunately it wasn't an expensive mistake. After that fire in NYC with so many dead I think we're all a bit more conscious about what starts fires.

Jan 11, 2022 06:14 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That's for sure Nina Hollander, Broker . Timmothy's car was parked out in the street with no other vehicles near so we would have been safe but still...

Jan 11, 2022 07:59 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Bob,

What a wonderful $20 adventure that was!  Wonderful in the sense that it was a learning experience with minimal repercussions .  I am sure Timm is happy to be driving again. A

Jan 11, 2022 08:12 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - there are some things I stay "away from".  And for a reason.  

Jan 11, 2022 10:23 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It was a good adventure A. as it allowed Timmothy and I spend time together that we may not have otherwise Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Jan 11, 2022 10:46 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Michael Jacobs when it comes to anything tinkering I am a fool and you know the old saying "only fools trod where angels fear to tread".

Jan 11, 2022 10:47 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I am happy for you that is was a small cost to fix it.  It is always frustrating to be doing a good deed and have it cost money.

Jan 11, 2022 03:18 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Well that worked out pretty good Bob.  Issue solved for $20 bucks.

Jan 11, 2022 03:38 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It wasn't bad Raymond Henson, eXp Realty but your comment reminded me of the old saying: "no good deed goes unpunished".

Jan 11, 2022 06:58 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It did work out good Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker and I got some bonus time in with Timmothy.

Jan 11, 2022 07:00 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

And isn't that the best gift of all Bob!!

Jan 11, 2022 08:12 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Hey, any near miss you can walk away from and still tell the tale, is a good one, Bob!

Jan 11, 2022 10:15 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Isn't that true Myrl Jeffcoat . With Timmothy just standing next to the car and the smoke billowing out from under the hood I could have had a real tragity with him being hurt.

Jan 12, 2022 05:40 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 It seems my whole life now is a learning experience.   Let’s all have a optimistic and positive Thursday Tim🙂

Jan 13, 2022 09:28 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It was a good learning adventure Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS . No one was hurt and the property loss was minimal.

Jan 13, 2022 10:45 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Oh my! So glad nothing serious happened. 

Jan 14, 2022 08:15 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

When I really think about it we were very lucky Carla Freund . The car could have gone up in flames and who knows where things would go from there?

Jan 14, 2022 08:25 AM