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!
On the drive back from Minneapolis it was snowing and miserable. On the Minneapolis/St. Paul belt line, visibility was roughly 25-50 yards. And it was a long and miserable drive, even when we cleared the cities and the visibility improved: It was fairly cold, so the snow drifted a lot and the road was slippery. … Continue reading Outback in the Shop Again – Thank You to the Gentlemen at the Twin Bluffs Bar
I left work early on Friday so that we could drive my mother to Minneapolis to take care of her father. He's in hospice, and the local family is wiped from caring for him alone. So, I'm scooting home, a bright sunny day and a road trip ahead of me. A semi in oncoming traffic … Continue reading Thank You Semi, But I’ll Keep My Windows
We found a new car! Here she is! She's a 2005 Subaru Outback... the L.L. Bean edition. She's showing her age in the interior, but there's only one spot of rust we could find on the outside! AND she literally checks every box I had on my wish list down to the paint and cladding … Continue reading New Car: 2005 Subaru Outback… L.L. Bean Edition
My 2001 Subaru Forester was struggling to start, so I brought it in to the shop. They initially found an intake problem and fixed that, and it improved. But then it started giving off blue smoke and struggling more. You Subaru fans know exactly what this is a sign of. Yes. The EZ30 head gasket … Continue reading The Forester Is Dead
My car has been violently starting lately... shaking and shuddering and sounding downright awful. It's especially bad since the cold weather started. So I finally brought it in to the shop, and my husband was wonderful and drove me to work Thursday and Friday. Turns out a gasket wasn't sealing, so it was tricking the … Continue reading My Car Has Been Violently Starting
My car, a 2001 Subaru Forester, has been acting oddly. No power, choking and sputtering, unable to get up to speed. My husband thought it was the knock sensor, as this is a common problem with Subaru and had occurred on his Legacy Wagon. He went out and pulled it off to check it, and … Continue reading My Car Is Off to the Shop Again