Hello everybody. I don't post much, only a couple of times. More of a lurker but a lover of my 05 Vibe. Tonight I went to purchase a Power-ball ticket and decided that since I was down to a 1/4 of a tank that I'd get $20 in gas while I was there. This was a late adventure that was supposed to be very quick. Not the case. The Vibe has been running great since I purchased it almost two years ago. Even on the way to the gas station tonight - no problems what soever. So I turn the car off, put in the $20 in gas, go pay and purchase my winning 200 mil. power-ball (hopefull) then return to my Vibe dreaming about the Nissan GT-R that I'll be purchasing with my winnings. Turn the key, the idle shoots up expectedly only this time the Check Engine light is on (arrgg). So I put it in to gear and it is like the gas pedal is unresponsive to my input. The tach stays at idle speed. The car moves but at a snails pace as if it is just the idle that is propelling the car forward. This is an automatic if that helps. The idle at this point (in park only) is erratic and causing the car to stall. I park. Groan, open the hood (protocol for a broken car right?), then do nothing since I really don't know what to do. I run in, call a tow-truck, sit and wait for 20 min and decide that it is time to try to start it again because at this point I am freezing. 10 deg. here in Minnesota to be exact. Starts up perfectly and idles fine. I go in call the tow truck to cancel and drive towards home. I drive about 3 miles with great results and then suddenly it starts to die. Luckily I was by another station so I pulled in there and called the towing company.
When the idle was hunting and whatever there was a clicking coming from my dash. I don't know a better way of describing it. Any ideas? Is my computer shot? Is this just some weird short that will cost me a fortune to figure out? Any Ideas?? I haven't had a chance to pull the code yet since it is one in the morning here but I thought I'd try all of you anyways. Sorry for all the words.