As the old saying goes – when it rains it pours. That seems to be the case right now with my car issues. Of course, it is a sixteen-year-old car so I don’t expect things to be perfect. I just hope this is the end of an expensive list of repairs for a while.
It all started out with the A/C, which had to be repaired this summer. I could have let it go for a while if it wasn’t in the triple digits here.
Things went smoothly for a month and then the starter went out. That happened when hubby was in
Oregon taking care of
his dad’s affairs, so I borrowed my neighbor’s car so I could get back and
forth to work. Thankfully, she has two
vehicles and one sits in the garage most of the time. After three days in the shop and about $500,
I was able to get my car back.
Now the car still had a shifter issue, which I’ve been nursing along for a year or more. I wasn’t ready to shell out another couple hundred to have that looked into, so I’ve been putting up with it, although it’s getting to be a very sore spot having to fight to get the car out of park every time I get into it. I think this is a brake switch and not a solenoid, which is a good thing because the brake switches are the cheaper of the repairs.
So back up a couple days ago when we were running around town and I had hubby drive my car so he could see how bad the shifter was. He was getting pretty frustrated trying to get it into gear. It smelled hot when we came home, but he couldn’t smell it, assuring me all was fine.
So the next day I went to work and noticed I left a trail of wet splashes and drops after I locked my car. I touched it and it looked like water on my finger. My car had the hot smell again, plus this time my heat gauge was slightly above the center spot, which it never is, so I knew there was another issue. Things weren’t just fine.
Hubby brought a gallon of water and filled up my radiator. The oil was fine. I called the shop on my break and asked to bring it over after work. The guys are so good over there and said they’d stay late so I wouldn’t be stranded and would take a look at it for me. They even offered to give me a ride home, but hubby picked me up.
The verdict is it needs a new radiator and new radiator hose. The tech pressurized the radiator for me, it was leaking in the front, and the main upper hose is almost worn to the point of having a hole in it. So this problem is now being fixed, leaving me without a car again for a few days. The shop ordered the new radiator right away, but they sent over a defective one and the mechanic can’t get another one until Monday. That seems to be the story of my life, but things happen and it could always be worse. Thank goodness, that’s my philosophy in life or things could get depressing in a hurry.
So I’m also having the shifter fixed as long as the car is in the shop again anyway. Actually, hubby suggested it after his round with the car the other day. I don’t have the estimate on that repair yet and am crossing my fingers because the radiator job is going to cost me $480. Yikes! You can see where my paycheck is going.
If things happen in threes, maybe this is it for a while. I’m keeping a positive mind.