Post # 1
So my Fiance’s car kicked the bucket this morning as my Fiance was driving back home from dropping me off at work. Apparently white smoke started billowing out from under his hood and by the time he reached home, the heater had stopped working and mass amounts of coolant was spilling from underneath his car. His car is a piece of crap but it’s a piece of crap that we have entirely trusted. So now we have to find alternative means of transportation. Thankfully, for the most part, we can reach our work and schools via bus. The only days where it wouldn’t work is Saturday and Sundays. I get off at 6:30 pm on Saturdays and will have missed that last bus home by 30 minutes. Then there’s Sunday, where the bus doesn’t even come close to where I live. It’s off by about a mile, so I could walk that. This really sucks.
My fiance, trying to find the humor says “This is such a pain in the ass. My car is a sinner and needs to go to confession.” He’s upset but we both know there’s not much we can do at least today. My guess is a hose needs to be replaced (coolant leak)–since the coolant is very low and it was low during our last oil change. If it’s that, then it’s minor and his parents have AAA and we can probably get them to tow his car to a mechanic’s. If it something serious, well, I don’t know what we’ll do. 🙁 UGH! Atleast today’s weather is nice but we had plans for grocery shopping and we can’t do that today. 🙁
I feared something like this would happen. Gosh, I hate being poor…
Post # 3
I hear ya! I’m so sorry for that happening. I know it seems the biggest things happen at the worst time. Right now we are down to just my car and even though we have never had any problems with it, yesterday I was at a stop light when it decided to shake right there in the middle of the road like it was going to fall to pieces. I still owe on this car so it better not die now! Keep up the faith hun! Somehow everything always does and will work out!!!
Post # 4
Car problems are AWFUL! And soooooo expensive some times. Fingers crossed for you that it’s a minor repair!
Post # 5
I had a car that ate coolant like it was no one’s business. I would just keep on top of it (if that’s the problem), and top it up at least once a week. If you see that it’s overheating, blast your heater, pull over, let it cool off, check your coolant. I always kept a spare bottle or two in the trunk. Hopefully it’s just a leak in your hose and no big issues. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!!!
Post # 6
@bakerella: My fiance blasted his heater and by the time he got home, it stopped working. 🙁
Thanks ladies! I appreciate being able to vent on here. It’ll work out, it always does.
Post # 7
Ugh. I am so sorry. I am all too versed in car-issues. We seem to have the worst luck with cars. (Though I know it’s not luck, it’s the fact we can only afford used junker cars, which are of course going to crap out faster.)
Once, our car broke down about 50 miles from my parent’s house, when Fiance was driving there (I’d taken the train home a few days earlier). On Christmas Eve/Christmas morning. That was an *expensive* towing bill.
I hope you’re not without a car too long!!
Post # 8
@IlsaLund: Thanks. Luckily my future in-laws have AAA, so I think my Fiance’s car can be towed with them *hopefully* to the mechanic’s place. I’m just kind of freaking out if we can’t get his car fixed. I have pets that have to go to the vet sometimes, I have to get across town one rare ocassions and our bus system is a joke. We’ll manage.
Post # 9
I am saying a prayer that it is repaired quickly and cheaply.
Post # 10
@guitargirl: Thank you, I really do appreciate that!
So a quick update: His car has an appointment tomorrow afternoon and apparently, AAA is going to tow his car to the mechanic’s. We were looking under the hood this afternoon and I saw what appeared to be oil all over the engine, coolant spilled from underneath, and it looked like oil had mixed with the coolant in it’s container (vessel?). To me it looks like a blown head gasket. If that’s the case, we’ll probably junk his car. His parents are graciously offering to help any way they can. It sounds like they *may* have a vehicle Fiance can have, but I’m not 100% certain on that. It’ll work out. The only thing I really need it for is doctor appointments, vet appointments, and to get to Petsmart (where I buy my special cat food and litter). It would be more conveinent to do grocery shopping with a car, but I can walk to the grocer which is 3/4 mi away or Aldi (not my favorite) which is a couple of blocks.
Post # 11
It’s always something, isn’t it? We always had car problems when I was young – my parents were always getting stuck or broke down or whatever. When money is tight, cars eat up a lot of it!
Good luck to you and I’m sending good mojo your way! I’m so glad your Fiance has a good sense of humor! We were very poor growing up but were still so happy and close! How you deal with these things makes a world of difference!