They plugged into the computer in the Ford and it told them the alternator is shot. It certainly could have been a lot worse! It will cost about $700 and as they do not have one in stock, it is being over-night shipped from the supplier and will be installed tomorrow (Friday).
We are also having the transmission serviced and an oil and lube job done. The bill will be around $1200. Not as bad as it could have been. I had nightmares last night about a blown transmission.
Since our bedroom is in the shop we will have to find something to do around town until after seven when they close. They told us that we are not allowed to sleep in it while it is in their parking lot but what they do not know won't hurt them. And it will save a hundred dollar hotel room.
We might go to the Route 66 Casino for a while. I feel lucky!