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January 5, 2008

Car Trouble

Well, it happened.

Finally, some would say.

My car broke.

I've been anticipating this for some time, so it's no surprise to me, nor I'm sure to anyone who's been in my car. It's been a good car, don't get me wrong. I bought it a few years ago for $1000 and have put very little money into it since then, so I've more than gotten my money's worth out of it. And it being my first car, and me not being a car person nor very mechanical nor (as it would follow) interested in these things, the car suffered from some neglect for sure. In fact, yes, it probably broke because of neglect. Which I didn't mind until I realized, sitting there in the tow truck alongside the road as the driver winched my car up onto his platform, that I'd just unecessarily created this piece of junk. What was useful just a week before is now a big piece of garbage. But I get ahead of myself.

The car has been burning oil like crazy and accumulating odd sounds from under the hood, probably as a result of low oil levels, and it doesn't handle well in the snow besides, so I've been thinking of replacing it. When I got back in Boulder from my holiday trip to Seattle, the noises were amplified--or there was a new, very pronounced noise. A rattling from under the hood. Very, very loud. Rhythmic in time with my revolutions. Not good. When I opened the hood to have a listen, the sound seemed to be coming from the belt area. So I bought a new belt.
But then I took a look and thought maybe not the belt after all, because the belt looked okay, and went about checking fluid levels, but couldn't find the dipstick for the tranaxial fluid. Or whatever it's called. Hopped online, found that Grease Monkey checks that, and was on my way there when it died. Snap or clunk sound, loss of power, smoke, me pulling off on the side of the road. It happens. Rattling like crazy as we came to a stop. AAA once again saves the day. Man, I get my money's worth out of that membership. I had the car towed to my apartment complex where it is waiting to (hopefully) be donated. At which point I'll get myself maybe a nice used Subaru.

Posted by beth at January 5, 2008 9:58 PM

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Sorry to hear about the car!


Posted by: Gary at January 10, 2008 7:57 PM

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