Monday, November 18, 2013
Car Boo Boos
DJ car went in the shop. Den can only do so much. And he has done much. After he did the head gasket on the car, we have had phantom codes that have set off the check engine light. Even the mechanic agreed that nothing is wrong with the car but he will keep looking. I like this mechanic. He charged us $180 and he fixed the windshield washer pump, fixed the rear defroster, looked for the gremlin, and worked on an oil leak. He was more than fair.
DJ's car leaks oil. Not terrible but still he's leaking. The mechanic thought that it would be a better idea to try stop-leak and tighten everything up first. How's that for honest! The gasket on the oil pan is probably leaking along with the timing belt/chain cover. He said there was too much oil to tell for sure so he added a dye so he could get a better idea where it is coming from. It is an $800 job to fix it. He doesn't think that it is worth it to dump that kind of money into a 1999 Lumina.
We are grateful that he was so upfront about it. This is a problem that we are going to watch.
That said, we feel that $800 isn't that bad. And we feel that the car is still worth it. The motor and the transmission are in great shape. Even the body isn't that bad. Unfortunately, this is a job that Den can't do. To completely remove the oil pan, he has to move the transmission and pull the motor up. It won't be happening in the Mott garage.
So I will set aside even more money in the car fund for 2014. And I'm still calm about it.
Anna will be coming home for Thanksgiving and we are going to schedule an appointment so she can get her car fixed while she is home. This is another project that Den can't do. A valve needs to be replaced behind the motor and he can't get to it because the firewall is in the way. Sigh.
As DJ and I were driving to pick up his car, the check engine light came on in my van. You know, I can't make this shit up.
Laughing not crying,