I Miss My Car (Sort Of)

 

With all the craziness of breaking my foot I forgot to tell you guys about my car. On Tuesday I went to physical therapy. Afterwards I stopped by the local Sprint store to exchange an accessory, and then I headed home.

Now, I noticed that my air wasn’t cold, but since I was smoking at the time, I assumed it was because it was an oven outside and I had the window rolled part of the way down. Once I was done, and the air still wasn’t cold, it finally occurred to me to look at the temperature gauge. It was all the way at the top! I had a hard time pulling over because of an eighteen wheeler who wouldn’t let me over, but I finally got stopped on the side of the highway. My car was smoking! I was so scared that it was going to catch on fire or something, but luckily it didn’t.

After about 20 minutes on the side of the road the car finally quit smoking. Another 15-20 minutes later M showed up with some coolant for the car (I had let my AAA lapse…I know…my bad).  Even with the coolant, the car still wouldn’t crank up. So, we had to find a mechanic to tow the car.

The next day M talks to the mechanic and tells me that the radiator blew up (I don’t know if that’s really a thing, but let’s just go with it) and that since I had driven it without water in it, that it had messed up the head of the engine. GREAT! The grand total to fix my car: $1,000. It really sucks, but it’s a lot less than buying a new car.

In the meantime, M rented me a car to use. It has been great being able to drive a new (model year) car! Unfortunately, my week is up tomorrow and I will have to take it back. Then I will be without a car until at least Friday. That will suck, but hey, it happens. At least it’s being worked on even as I write this post.

At least by having the rental car I was able to go to my birthday party on Saturday. My grandniece’s birthday was the 14th and mine was the 11th, so my niece decided to throw a party for both of us. It was so much fun! My 2yr old grandniece is an angel and I was honored to celebrate with her. It was the first birthday party that I’ve had in a very long time…I don’t even remember the last time I had a party. But we had a blast! Here are some pictures from the party…

 

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10 thoughts on “I Miss My Car (Sort Of)

  1. The next day M talks to the mechanic and tells me that the radiator blew up (I don’t know if that’s really a thing, but let’s just go with it)

    It’s happened to me, and I had to replace the radiator. It’s really a thing.

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      • I suggest that you be sure to check coolant levels– and use antifreeze, not water, if that’s what you had in it. I learned the hard way during the summertime this is something you can’t skimp on. I was lucky that I had a family friend who’s been a shade tree mechanic to help me, but… we had to replace the water pump twice, and that was a bitch to do on a 1987 Corolla/Nova.

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  2. I’m sorry all of that happened.
    You should be really proud of yourself for setting all of that up when you were hurt, not feeling well, car broken down, no one to take you, running late, and you still found a way to get to your appointment. It didn’t work out that you got there on time- but that was not your fault. That was out of your control. You did more than most people to make it to that appointment and you also keep your cool.
    Thanks for letting everyone know about the rides from insurance. I didn’t know anyone did that. I’m letting people in my support group know that!

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    • It was definitely a hectic day! I don’t know if all insurance companies do it, but it’s worth calling to find out if yours does. Especially during a flare when the brain fog is at it’s worst and we really shouldn’t be driving.

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