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Sigh ... Car Update

September 7th, 2009 at 07:51 pm

Well ... Friday afternoon I got a ride home from work. Called the tow truck people at 2:40 p.m. Tow truck finally showed up about 4:45 pm. Mechanic shop was closing at 6 - I was starting to panic.

Even with a few traffic snarls, we made it to the mechanics by 5:30. Mom and stepdad picked me up from the mechanics.

Saturday I called at noon to find out what was happening. Was told they'd call me when they knew more - but that it def. wasn't the starter or alternator.

I knew they were closing at 3 - so I called them again at 2:50. Was told to go ahead and come to get the car - it should be ready to go in 30 minutes. They said there'd been an electrical short in the front and back, and my 3 week old battery was burnt out. So, I'd have to take my car to Firestone to get a replacement battery.

Mom and I got there about 3:30. They pulled my car up to the garage with a car starter thingy hanging off the battery. After taking it off, they shut the hood and told me it was fine to go to Firestone. (Paid $85.)

Got in and gave it a little gas. Weird clicking noise. Gave it a little more gas. POP! BANG! Smoke starts pouring out my middle console.

I immediately turn around and take it back to the garage - they've already closed up tight. So I beep my horn and they come out.

My car gets put back in the garage and I'm told they'll look at it on Tuesday.

Nearly 4 days spent at my mom's reminded me why it would NOT work for us to ever share space for more than a few short days.

So, tomorrow E is picking me up in the am so I can be at work. Then depending on the car verdict, my stepdad or my mom will pick me up and take me home, or take me to the car mechanic to pick up my car.

Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. This was NOT how I wanted to spend my long weekend.

Oh, both my mom and stepdad hated Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. They just didn't get the humor - thought it was the stupidest movie they'd ever seen. Oh well. To each their own, right?

We did see The Librarian: Quest for the Spear of Destiny with Noah Wyle (sp?) of ER fame. It was really good/funny. Sort of similar to Indiana Jones, but a lot less intense.

9 Responses to “Sigh ... Car Update”

  1. dmontngrey Says:

    Hitchhiker's isn't for everyone. The book is WAY better anyways - no comparison. Still, the movie was quite cute.

    Sorry about the car!!!!

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks dmontngrey.

  3. cassandra Says:

    Some car troubles. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you!

    I love "The Librarian". I actually watched it earlier this evening.

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:


    I've got the other two Librarian movies listed next in my Netflix que. I'm not sure I'll like the third one, since it has to do with vampires, and I don't really care too much for that subject. I'm glad you liked it too!

  5. boomeyers Says:

    Sorry! Frown It is a such a bummer, the loss of freedom you get with not having a car! Ugh!

  6. miclason Says:

    sorry to hear it took longer than you thought it would. Hopefully, they will find out what's wrong with it and fix it for good this time!

  7. frugaltexan Says:

    Thanks Boo and Miclason.

    I just heard from the mechanic. He told me the alternator IS the problem. He's going to change it out and make sure the car is in good order - I might get my car back on Thursday. I feel like screaming right now.

    He also told me that until the alternator is fixed we can't know for sure if there is anything else going on. Arghhhhhh!!!!!!!!

  8. whitestripe Says:

    lol - DF and I love the hitchhiker books and the movie - when the movie came out though, i made a double movie date with a friend and her BF, and they both hated it! lol. Frown

  9. frugaltexan Says:

    It's funny how much peoples tastes in movies can differ.

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