For the last 100 miles back from South Dakota, we got to listen to the dulcet sounds of a wheel bearing failing. So, we brought that in to the shop yesterday. They trusted our assessment of what the problem was enough to order the parts without seeing the car. It was, in fact, a wheel … Continue reading The Dulcet Sounds of a Wheel Bearing
It rained heavily for a few days here, and I went out after the second day and opened my driver's side car door. Water sloshed out. *facepalm* So off to the shop she went. I mopped up what I could with towels first, but they dried it all out and hunted down the drains that … Continue reading Car in the Shop Again
The shop I had my car towed to called, and the results are MUCH better than feared. It is NOT the engine like they feared. It is NOT the AWD like my husband feared. Instead, my little bro is the winner... it's the alternator! A bearing seized in the alternator and it threw and damaged … Continue reading Good Car News at Least
My husband and I were out working on Friday, and we had paused on a far back road to take photos of a renovated barn when my car went THUNK and turned off. It wouldn't restart. My husband got it turned around in neutral so it wasn't blocking the road, but it would NOT turn … Continue reading Car Excitement Or Does It Really Take 24 Hours to Tow a Car?
It's been a bad two months for car repairs. My husband's 2006 Subaru Legacy Sedan had suspicious fumes in the cabin, so we brought it in. Below: his car, my current car, and in the background my old car. Head gasket leak, and they couldn't tell us how long it would be until it was … Continue reading Finally! Both Cars Are Home
We have a car repair shop near us that we really, really like. I've gone to shops where they ignored me and talked to my then boyfriend - like, this is MY car, and I heard the noise, talk to ME. This shop isn't like that. My husband dislikes phone calls, so I call in … Continue reading Supporting Local Businesses
You've probably gotten tired of hearing about my car, but I haven't gotten tired of complaining about it. This time, it started squealing and smoke came pouring out of the wheel well and out from under my hood. So I pulled over and DID NOT open the hood because fire. Instead I called for roadside … Continue reading Really Now? Broken Down Again
We just went and picked up my car from the shop AGAIN. Right after we picked up my husband's car! My husband's car's crankshaft belt pulley ate the timing belt cover, but he heard the squealing, stopped immediately, and had it towed before it had a chance to reach the timing belt. There's $700 down … Continue reading In the Shop Again
My car started making a noise up in the front left, kind of a scraping rumble, and it was getting louder, so we brought it into the shop. It turned out to be a wheel bearing, which they repaired, and they warned us the second on in the front would fail eventually. *headdesk* This car … Continue reading This Car is Cursed
I have my Outback back - it turned out to be just two leaking hoses, so it was an easy fix. This car has been so frustrating! I still have more repairs that need to be done on it, but we need to build up our emergency and repair funds more before I do them. … Continue reading Just a Leaking Hose!