Driving my broken car has been stressful these past few months. This morning it was a making a horrible grinding noise while in reverse. On my way back home from dropping hubby off on base, the jerking forward while slowing down/accelerating from a stop was way worse than “normal.” I would get stuck at a green light for 5-10 seconds because my car just wouldn’t go and the jerking was violent and loud.
I said to
myself Facebook this morning, “My car is a stressful piece of crap. Can’t wait to junk it. Car gods, work your magic please!”
I had a doctors appointment in the late morning. I took the interstate because my car doesn’t seem to jerk around as much when I’m not in stop and go traffic. After my appointment I decided to stop at a nearby auto shop to see if replenishing my transmission fluid would help at all. I had to buy the transmission fluid but the shop properly put it in for free! How nice of them!
As I put the car in reverse to head home that dreaded grinding noise was back. It didn’t go away when I put the car in park or drive. Crap!
I went back into the auto shop and explained what my car was doing. I had told them previously that I wasn’t planning on fixing the transmission and that my car would likely be junked in June. They said they could look at it but it ultimately wasn’t worth it if I was junking the car. So I told them I’d go back and see if I could actually drive that piece of crap back home.
I wasn’t sure what to do at this point. I tried texting my husband but he wasn’t responding. I sat in the car for a few minutes trying to gather my thoughts when the guy in the office came out. He had the exact same car as I did, only a newer model. He noticed a lot of fluid on the ground and took a quick look. My water pump broke. He checked his computer for an estimate. $350. No way Jose! It’s the end of the line for you, bucko!
I called AAA roadside assistance to tow me and my car back home. As my car was being loaded onto the tow, I noticed the frame in the front was excessively low. When my car was parked back at my apartment complex I noticed a large rusty object laying near my usual parking spot. Since it was so damn rusty it had to have been from my car. It was probably part of the frame that was now hanging rather low. I was warned last month that my subframe was almost completely rusted through. I’m going to guess the water pump broke when the frame gave way.
Today was a rough day but I am fortunate this all happened while I was at an automotive repair shop instead of while driving, especially on the interstate!
I guess I should have been more specific in my plead to the car gods. It would have been nice to have at least made it home first!
We’re using a rental car for a week to give us time to find a suitable used car. It’s weird driving a car that isn’t broken. I’m so used to anticipating a large jerk forward when coming to a stop but it doesn’t happen.
I had planned on renting a car this weekend to go visit my best friend who lives 4 hours away. This photo was taken on my last trip back from her place.