I got a letter informing me my truck has been included in the expanding set of vehicles covered by a recall. It's in the category of "No reported problem of spontaneous automotive combustion, but it has the same faulty part that probably caused the 200 instances of minivans blowing up for no good reason." I was warned not to park the truck anywhere near a building as the fire could start when the vehicle isn't running.
This, of course, tempted me to park it in the garage under my bedroom instead of the carport where I usually do.
The faulty part has to do with cruise control. I never could wrap my head around the concept of why something with manual transmission has cruise control in the first place, let alone how that combination works.
So I go to Ford's website to find the nearest dealer, who is a lot closer than Missoula and has online appointment scheduling. The VIN is enough to tell them I need the recall service. Everything is working like it's supposed to.
Except after I click on submit I get an error message and am told to contact the service department. You know, the people with whom I was attempting to make an appointment.
I was reminded of this Fail Blog entry.
Fortunately the only fail regarded something I wouldn't have missed, because I received a confirmation e-mail.