I'm almost afraid to bring this up but I think we have one car fixed. Holy shit!!! Did you say that? Cuz I did.
All four cars are/were(yay I can say were about one of the cars!) having problems. Anna had fuel injector problems and then it wasn't fixed properly. DJ's car is up in the air and I was actually having dreams about having to put the Lumina down. Seriously! In my dream, Den had the "put her down" talk with me. Den's car is creaking and I think that it is from the new tires that he got and the windshield is still cracked and is getting worse. But it has taken a turn, literally the crack turned to the left and then back down. My van is still creaking, beeps like crazy when it backs up and the the check engine light comes on when it gets too cold. I think its more of a complaining about the cold weather light than it is a check engine light.
As I have said before Den does the majority of the car fixes around here. I'm lucky, I know this. But he didn't have the tools to fix Anna's car and it is too cold out for him to try and fix it. So we brought it to a local mechanic and he FIXED it. Yes, I said FIXED her car. It was about $210 for everything. The part was $90 so I think this was more than fair.
My van and Den's car we haven't even started trying to fix yet. Anna's car had to be first because its a long drive and we won't send her off with car problems. Oh and this comes out of her account but I still consider this money spent. And it is still my problem or would that be Den's problem?
DJ's car has been an ongoing battle. Den fixed his car in October and it still runs like a champ. But the check engine light has been on every since. Den has worked on it and worked on it and never could pin it down. And the Lumina is going to have to go through emissions testing and it won't pass with the light on. Den finally gave up and we took it to the shop. And they couldn't find it. We paid $334 and the light came on two days later. I had explained the entire situation about Den redoing the head gasket and they thought he did everything right and were stumped too. They have replaced and returned parts and couldn't find the damned problem either. Which made Den feel great but the pocketbook didn't like it.
You know if it isn't something so damned stupid well, it just wouldn't be my life. Let's back up to when he redid the head gasket. I didn't write about this at the time because I had no idea that it mattered. He pulled the car half way into the garage so that he would have room to work. That meant that he had to leave the garage door open for the entire time that he had it apart. Then a terrible storm hit and we lost power for almost two days. He tried to work on it with flashlights but it wasn't happening. We finally broke down and bought a generator. Yes, we had to pay for all of the car parts, lose time working on it, and had to pay for a generator. This has not been our year to save money!
Anyways, Den set up horses and used sheets of plywood to set all of the pieces on. He had them all lined up so it was in order when he put everything back. Smart.
|Or trash the garage|
Low and behold, I heard some terrible racket coming from the garage one night. I ran out there looking for an intruder but no one was out there. I took a quick glance around but couldn't find anything amiss, UNTIL THE MORNING! Now I'm not sure if the raccoons were partying or if it was a title UFC fight but they wrecked the joint! They knocked over a massive ladder which hit the car and dented the hell out of and then hit the make-shift table with all of Den's nicely laid out parts and sent them flying.
We picked everything up the next morning and never thought of it again UNTIL the new mechanic said that he found the slightest crack in the plenum. He had never even heard of that happening before. Then I remembered the damned racoons. Yes, the fat little bastards have caused about $500 damage with their party.
The good news is this should fix his car. The bad news is they don't make that part anymore and one has to be located at a junk yard. Hopefully, we will have this car sorted SOON!
So I got my Christmas wish of having one car sorted. But I'm still mad at the raccoons!
I've closed the door,
PS-Have a Happy and safe New Years eve. I'm going to be partying it up with friends! Bet you never would have guessed that one!!!!