spectating participant

April 18, 2006

car repair, round one

Filed under: life — suzanne henderson @ 4:33 pm

So, I’ve made some comments about possible pending car problems just based on the age of my car, its miles, and my experience that things like to break when I can least afford them. And, being a good little car and wanting to perform up to expectations, it broke on me today.

Driving North on 95, I hear a snap/pop/crack sound and off goes my power steering. I get off the highway and realize my car has instantly overheated. So, there my car sat on the side of the road. Luckily I was neat Laurel (216 and 95) and Chris was able to run over and see if it was a broken belt and hopefully try to fix it. No such luck, seems that the belt tensioner went instead of the belt and it’d need to be towed somewhere to be fixed.

So, I am now less $60 for a tow and an estimate of $175 for the repair and going on 4 hours of waiting for the repair to be completed. It could be worse, I’m sure, and at least this is a reasonable unexpected bill (versus something like $400). But, I feel the need to mark this down as incident one — just as I’d decided to go ahead and bring my car back into Maryland too.