Posting this here because there's just not enough space on twitter to describe what was going on. I drove the S10 about 20 miles today, and then I stopped at Walmart. When I got back in, and started the truck up, it was vibrating, a lot. It wasn't loud, and I didn't think much of it. It was actually really low on gas so I was worried that it was just bucking from lack of fuel.
But as I waited at the stop light, it got worse. When it was time to move, I put it in first gear and the SES light came on. Then it started blinking. It was running really sluggish. The vibration wasn't loud at all, but you could feel it. At idle with the transmission in neutral and the clutch in, it was shaking like people were having raucous monkey sex in the extended cab.
Once I got it into 4th and 5th gears the sluggishness wasn't as bad, the SES light was still blinking. It still obviously had something wrong with it because of the sluggishness. And I wasn't trying to push it, just limp it home really.
At idle, the SES light stops blinking, it only blinks when I give it gas. I checked online that stated when the SES light blinks, it's bad ignition/missfire in one of the cylinders. So I'm hoping that might be it.
I called my mechanic (He still wants to buy the truck) and he told me it might be the distributor.
Now I've heard a blown rod in two vehicles, an 1987 Blazer and a 1984 Camaro, and it was loud as fuck, especially at highway speeds. This was not as loud. It sounded more like it was running funny than something was wildly flailing around in the engine.
Anyway I'm trying to get a preliminary idea of what's wrong with it for two reasons: #1. The inspection on it will be due in a month. Which means I need to get it fix post haste or I'll have to pay penalties for not paying the tax on time (You have to get it inspected and pass and then pay your tax with NC's new system. Yes, it is as stupid as it sounds.) Since I live in an apartment, I can't take the license plate off or they'll tow it away. Thus conundrum. #2. I just went through "pay Kalani's medical bills" last month so I don't exactly have a lot of money to throw at the problem, but now it's also a matter of /time/.
I'm going to have my roomie check the code on it when he gets home from work to see exactly what the problem is.