NEWS FROM THE SHADOWLANDS
Okay, I thought my car troubles were over... nope!
It's time for a little good news
I did not have to try to get to class yesterday (Tuesday) because class was cancelled. Yay.
The truck would not start for beans. No turnover, no nothing. Didn't I get it to start Monday night and drive all the way down to Batteries Plus to have them check it out and find out that wasn't the problem? Yes!
Made it to work Tuesday night using the stepmother's car. Sounds like at least one car in our driveway works... right?
Tried to start up the truck about 9:20 this morning in anticipation of taking the bus to class again. Nope, no turnover. Bad starter? Bad biofuel? What's going on?
AAA showed up. I tried to show him that it wasn't starting, and turned the key. The truck started.
"You know, it's psychosomatic; there's never a problem when the doctor is watching."
Got the truck brought over to the diesel repair shop. Out of the picture; for now. Got ride home from AAA guy.
AAA helped me get my car out of the driveway. Thanked him. Loaded school bag and cat into car for vet checkup (she needed to make pee for the vet to analyze her kidney situation.) Got about twenty yards down the block until the car started struggling. Maybe there's snow in the tire well? Cat's screaming in the back. Car is still struggling to get to speed on 66th.
Pull over to check on car at Ice Arena. Tire is flat.
Drive to T&T to put air in tires. No outside hose; buried in snow. Drive car around to back door where service guy gives me air hose.
Tire has seperated from rim.
Call the old man. "You're not going to believe this." He comes to pick me up after I agree to park the car for awhile.
I bring the cat into the service station and let her look around, convince her that we're not home but we're not at the vet yet. Though I'm holding her down, she jumps out and tries to go into the back, I catch her and stuff her back in the box.
Dad comes by and we switch drivers. I drop him off, drop off the cat at the vet, and go to school.
I make it to class with the stepmom's car and make it through the test. I think I did okay.
Call up the vet place. They got the sample they needed.
Vet says that the cat is doing well, but her results say that she doesn't yet have all of the infection cleared up. Said she needs to send off the piss for analysis and that she might need a dental job to clear up the infection.
I'm thinking $$$ and shudder.
Get the cat home. The truck is done. Bad batteries; go figure.
I follow up on the car. The tire is shredded and can't be salvaged. So I have two options. Leave it there and pay $120 and they put on whatever tire is lying around or call up the place I bought the tire from less than a year ago.
Tire place says that because they never offered me the road care warranty they will sell me one at $15 a tire and replace the tire for free. Sounds cheaper than the other place.
The tires I bought last year were Bridgestone and good quality. The nearest quality they have is a Firestone. Danger, Will Robinson.
They give me a $5 coupon for Bakers Square. I tell them to put the new tire on the back and put one of the other tires in the front - I'd rather have two Bridgestones on the front and a Firestone on the back. We'll see how well it works - it's better than keeping only three tires and getting someone to hold the car up while running along side.
Get home and can now relax. Don't have to do homework for tomarrow's presentation because of the missed class period, everything was shifted until after Spring Break, next week, so I don't have to necessarily do it until then.
Phew! And that's the game!
Thank you for playing along. Phew! Why is it winter always causes car troubles?
Time for a movie and putting the feet up. Ugh.