Thursday, January 16, 2014
Cars, Cars, Cars
Our car drama hasn't stopped. It followed us into 2014. I did get my Christmas wish of having one car fixed though. Thank you, Santa. I'm sorry I didn't wish for all four cars fixed.
I'm happy to say that Anna's car is running strong. And she only put it in the ditch twice when all the bad weather hit. Maybe this is why we have problems. LOL. She did manage to get it out both times by herself and get groceries. She said that they were eating odds and ends because that was all that was left in the house. It has to be bad if a college student is complaining. She parked her car after she got groceries and isn't going out anymore.
Den's windshield is still cracked. I doubt that it will improve on its own. The creaking has subsided though. I'll take it. Den seems to think that it wasn't aligned properly and that it just broke itself in. Fine, I'll take whatever explanation you give me as long as the money stays in the checkbook.
My lovely van is really misbehaving. It is creaking horribly and I got a recall about the creaking. Who would have thunk it? I guess it has to do with some arms that hold the tires in place. They are rusting through and can cause an accident. Can I just say, AWESOME!!!! That sounds like a ride I want to take. It still beeps when you back up, and I keep getting a flat. So off to the dealer I go! I doubt that I will be getting tires there though. We aren't made of money. Just for shits and giggles, I'm sure that they will print out a list of everything that needs to be done. My guess it will have an estimate attached to it for close to $4000. They find so many things that they want to fix. Bless them really.
And last but not least, the lovely Lumina. I'm not tired of the abuse yet. We spent $500 and all that was fixed was the windshield wiper fluid pump. The car is in really, really good shape. It runs like a charm but the damned light will NOT GO OFF! I think secretly Den is loving this. The certified mechanics didn't find the problem either. Maybe I will show everyone up and fix it myself.
So I think what I am going to do is leave it. Maybe it will magically fix itself like Den's car did. Or maybe we will just wait until it gets warm out(BAHAHAHAHA, NEVER) and then Den can replace all of the hoses. That is the only thing that I can come up with. The mix is lean. That is the code that keeps coming up. Meaning that the air/gas ratio is off. I'm going with a pinched hose. We have replaced everything else on the car, we might as well do the hose too. It really is going to be a completely new car. I have a plan though. You can get $25 off of a $50 purchase if you give one of the local stores your cell number. I'm going to give all of our phone numbers and buy the parts at different times. I'll also see if I can't get a cheap gift card from one of the gift card resale places.
So to recap all of this, I'm still screwed. But I have a plan. It is the same plan as the one I had last year but I'm going with it. Maybe 2015 will be the year that I get all the cars fixed?
PS-Frances is the winner of the $25 gift code! Yay Frances!!!!!