That’s how it usually ends up, isn’t it? Car repairs come when you simply aren’t expecting them and they can wipe out a respectable emergency fund in no time flat.
I mentioned last week that I had to get the air conditioning fixed on my vehicle and it was going to cost $250, then it turned out to be $800. Well, the good news is that the cost for repairing it did stay at $800.
The bad news is, something funny went on while my vehicle was in the shop 18 days. Yes, 18 days.
I drove it home and it seemed to be driving just fine. But when I got out to open the gate and let myself into the yard, I noticed an unfamiliar clicking sound that I had not heard from my vehicle before. When Mr. A got home, I told him the news. We went out together with a flash light and I started the engine. He could hear the clicking sound. He started looking around and the more he looked, the more upset he got.
He told me to turn off the engine and he continued to examine the engine. Hoses and screws were not connected and caps had fallen down into the engine compartment. Then he decided to check the oil, and to our horror, it was two quarts low!
The engine only holds 3.75 quarts, so that is more than half of the oil missing.
Here’s the thing… my vehicle doesn’t leak. I park on cement at work, and I would have seen if I’d been losing oil.
And Mr. A checks my oil regularly, because I put so many miles on my vehicle, and because it does have so many miles on it, he wants to make sure it is running optimally. Not to mention when you drive 25 miles with half the oil missing you could ruin your engine!!
The next day Mr. A called the shop and got several versions of what might have happened, to the point where he started smelling a cover up. The mechanic said to bring the car back down and he would fix everything. I wasn’t comfortable driving it with all the pieces dangling around, yeah, I know I drove it home that way, but I don’t like to tempt fate! So we had it towed in. Thank goodness for AAA.
They ended up keeping my vehicle for three more days.
They continued to come up with stories. For example, apparently the guy they had working on my vehicle was let go. But then, no, that’s not what happened. Another guy that still worked there was actually the one working on it. They called my husband to come down to see where the leak was. The vehicle was on the lift and my husband looked at the little bit of oil there and said that was no leak. If my vehicle had leaked out two quarts of oil in three weeks time, there wouldn’t be a small drop of oil where the supposed leak was at. If you have ever seen the bottom of a car that leaks, it is saturated with oil and gunked up all over the place.
I guess we’ll never know how my vehicle lost two quarts of oil when it’s never had a leak.
Mr. A and my son AJ went to pick up my car and AJ drove it home. I took it for a test drive, and it seems to be driving just fine.
Only… that clicking is still there.
So now we wait for the other shoe to drop. A fifteen year old engine with over 330,000 miles on it cannot withstand that kind of abuse, so there is probably an internal problem.
I guess I better start trying to figure out where to get some money to buy a used vehicle pretty soon. And I better drive in the slow lane in case something blows…
Have you had any auto repair nightmares lately?