Posts Tagged ‘car repairs’

Ode to a BMW

Friday, September 28th, 2012


This car nightmare has gone on for over a month now.  After breaking down on the side of the road, far far from home….hauling it home with a trailer….calling all over Indiana and begging mechanic friends alike….then hauling it again to a shop in another town to a guy who said he could fix it–we're back at square one.

He can't do whatever it takes to repair the blown gasket (or whatever the horrible never to be repaired problem is).  His advice (along with many others) is to just replace the whole engine!  Which is all cool except that it's another couple thousand dollars to do that.

The repair job was quoted over $2000, so add on some more thousands!

I've stressed about it.  I've fretted about it.  I've caught rides after rides because of it.  I'm over my head with worry about it.  I seriously can't stand anymore conversations about this dang car.  It is causing me mental and physical pain!

Do chronic problems bother you like this?  Tell me, I'm not crazy!?

After hubby picked me up from school yesterday and told me the latest bad news about the car (he'd met with the mechanic and hashed over the latest issues).  I went outside and walked around with my dogs for a mental break.  Then out of nowhere….I felt the Holy Spirit telling me not to worry.  This would work out.

How?  I still don't know.  All I can say is that I'm trusting GOD to handle it.  

Lord Jesus,

I'm so good at wringing my hands with worry.  Thank you for that brush of reassurance to remind me…I don't have to!  Having reliable cars is important to you (like it is to me) and I know ONLY YOU CAN WORK THIS PROBLEM OUT!  Please work in a mighty way and bless this situation.  I'm handing it over to you.


Shade Tree Mechanics

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

These are my guys.  They work on stuff and make it right again.


I know what you're thinking…..rednecks, right?  Well, in my family…we don't hire out any jobs unless it is absolutely necessary.  Hubby and son usually do all the car maintenance and house maintenance.  We are frugal, except for the part where we have to rebuy tools and equipment because….we can't FIND THEM!!  πŸ™

This past weekend hubby needed to change his spark plugs–8 of them!  I told him he had to do something!  Every time we were cruising down the highway, the car would chug like a choo-choo train.  At fast speeds.  Talk about a stomach ache.  Eww.

The job took all day.


When I walked outside and saw this…..I knew I had to take a picture.  Because telling you and showing you just aren't the same.

Shade tree mechanics.   I love them!

PS-the car drives awesome now too!

Tell me, does your family do their own maintenance jobs or do you pay someone else?

Broke Down

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

It was supposed to be a cleaning day (my in-laws are on their way to visit). Instead, I spent it rescuing two of my beloved children from the side of the road.

It was the right place to be.

When I arrived home from school yesterday, my two oldest had a “car deal” going with a college student in Vincennes (IN). I had that feeling. You know the one. It’s the “DON’T DO IT!” feeling.

I let them chatter it out and weigh the pro’s & con’s. Then, they left. For the deal to go down, they had to drive half-way to meet with the seller/trader. The seller had an SUV to trade for my son’s old car plus $500 cash.

Sounds reasonable, right? (My son’s car is for sale for $1500.00)

The only problem? My son’s car HAS NOT been behaving at all. So the trip was risky!

Hubby sent them on their way (while I tried to focus on the serious house cleaning I had to do) and I prayed for their safety and car goodness. It was only 45 minutes when they called for H E L P !!

I hopped in with hubby (because I’m their mom & I was imagining all sorts of side-of-the-road scaries) and off we went in the dark to search for our babies in a strange little town.

We made it there before 8pm and it was almost as I had imagined. My son buried under the hood trying frantically to repair his old love while my sweet girl held her cellphone/flashlight for him to see. All the while, shivering and praying that it would miraculously be healed.

The evening didn’t get any better by our presence. Hubby worked under, over and inside the hood of that pile of junk car. {God, thank you for such a patient and loving man!} During all this fun…the buyer/trader was calling and HE WASN’T VERY HAPPY that we seemed to be “backing out of the deal”.

Dude, really?

Long story short. Hubby would not be able to get the car to a point of “dealing” and made the choice to try to get it back home. Once we got it going again, it took us nearly an hour to make it to the next town (still not our town) and we ditched it in a grocery store parking lot.

With a note. BROKE DOWN! Coming back to get it tomorrow! πŸ™

I’m so thankful for your protective hand on my children. The car situation was frustrating but your care for them was a blessing. Help us to sell the car and to purchase one that’s healthy and safe.