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everybody's lost
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Friday September 25, 09

I should know, I looked all over town...(magnetic fields)

01:58 PM

short stories first:
I went to Brazil; I went hang-gliding in Rio, scuba diving on Ilha Grande and I drank many many caipirinha's....
good thing too because when I got back, the sh*t really hit the fan.... but at least vacation was still carefree....
anyways, upon returning (I can't believe this world is still turning...) I turned 30... which was very anticlimactic.... the years pass in such a blur now that I really can't be bothered spending any time thinking about it....

and the following week was when the series of unfortunate events happened....
I won't list them all here, but I will go into one detail....
my car.
so I may have mentioned my old car on here? it was the 1998 Toyota that wouldn't die? it had the door that would freeze OPEN in the winter (which I had to hold closed while driving on many an occasion) and it had possessed electronics which made the clock and headlights flash randomly..... and an alignment that would never stay aligned....
so I finally bit the bullet earlier this year and made a car purchase.... I bought a 2008 vehicle.... I thought - poor old Toyota, i feel bad for letting her go, but it had to be done....
with my shiny "new" (new to me anyway) car i thought - ah, carefree driving!! no more checking the oil every other week!! no more adding oil in between oil changes!! no more being stranded on a winter morning!!
and so it went....
since April....
and then 2 days ago.... my check engine light went on....
hmmmm....
I drove the car home and we decided to take it to AutoZone since they'll give you a print out of your check engine light for free....
we pulled away from our house and drove half a block - the car died....
I rolled it over to the side of the road....
and here's where, looking back, it could've all been SO simple, but no.... we had to OVERTHINK the damn situation...
see, my car is still under warranty.... never having a 'new' car before, I had no idea what the warranty was about or how it worked... I thought, it'll probably only cover the engine, transmission, drive train, etc. computer problems, sensors, etc. etc. would probably NOT be covered...
also, in our defense, the thought of calling a professional is not something you do FIRST... first, you try to fix it yourself.... it's how it's always been in both our families...
so we get online... we self diagnose....
Ignition Coils - I found....
Ignition Coils, or Fuel Pump or Fuel Sensor - Mr. Lost found...
but as we searched forums and websites, ignition coils seemed to be the main thing...
I called our local car shop - they don't have 'em...
I called a dealership - all out
I called a second dealership - they have 'em but they close in an hour....
we hot foot it over to the dealer, buy 4 ignition coils, don't give them my VIN number (my cunning plan?? don't tell them anything because they'll VOID the warranty! i don't know how this got into my head but that's what I thought)....
we get home, plan on pushing the car to the in-law's garage but we make it there by keeping the revs high at all times... luckily it's only 4 blocks away.
We open up the car - i go online inside the house and run back and forth giving Mr. Lost and his dad instructions....
we replace the coils....
the car runs smoothly....
me and mr lost are positively glowing with satisfaction - we did it.... we only paid 100 bucks - problem solved, PHEW!

the next morning, I'm driving along the highway to work, singing along to REM, drinking my coffee.... I found a moment of happiness - because as I mentioned, there are a few more things going on that were stressful - but "I feel fine!!!!! it's the end of the world as we know it......."
then, my car died on the highway....
I managed to put my coffee down in time and force the steering wheel over to ROLL through the left lane and onto the shoulder....
I was seething - I've NEVER had a car just die on me... my damn toyota would never do this to me! stupid stupid car!!! as soon as it's running, I'm getting rid of it!! stupid car!

at this point, we called a tow truck.... mr lost came out, I took his car (which had died on him 2 weeks earlier!) and continued on to work while mr lost stayed behind to wait for the tow truck....I got to work and took a deep breath...
we towed it, again, not to the dealership (thinking - NO! too official! too expensive!!) we took it to a local mechanic that we trust... he needed to order an official diagnostic machine - so towing $75 and the diagnostic machine rental $150....

mr lost meanwhile, rode with the tow truck back to the mechanic and now was walking home.... he called me because he now had no house keys... I had his house key with me when he gave me his car, and my car key only has an obnoxious brazilian tambourine keychain, my house key was with me in my purse.
so I snuck out of work under the guise of "early lunch" and booked it back home, let him in, and booked it back to work.... it's a bit over 18 miles each way that....

at 5pm the mechanic calls and says it could be one of 3 things, we should take it to the dealer and see if the warranty will cover it...
the next day, tow truck to the dealer (another $75) and at the dealership - we found out that they will fix it, free of charge....
it was a fuel pressure sensor....
totally covered under warranty....

so, had I called the dealer straight away, they would've fixed the whole thing and given me a loaner car for the 2 days - all free of charge.... one tow was all that would have been needed.... no maneuvers, no switching cars, no looking up online how to open a damn engine cover (holy crap is that thing hard to open!)
but no, I had to overthink the whole thing, cause myself 2 days of frantic driving, and $400 dollars (which we don't exactly have at the moment) in trying to do things the cheap way....

but who knew??
I've never had a warranty before..... and all I know about the dealership is that they wanted me to come in for "service" every 5000 miles - which they charge around $300 for and consists of them changing the oil, checking fluids, checking lights and wipers, etc. all stuff I can do myself... so i never came in for that (which I worried might void the warranty), they charged me $90 for an oil change the one time I went in (synthetic oil) when you can get an oil change for 25 bucks OR just do it yourself, and they also told us that a diagnostic would be $170.... just to SEE what the problem might be - so I thought - no thanks! if they charge all that for the easy stuff - there's no way I'm taking my car there when it actually breaks down on the road.....
but somehow, when they had ACTUAL work to do - i.e. replacing a part - it was all free..... how very confusing....

we stood outside the dealership last night, waiting for them to bring my car around (they washed and vacuumed it too) we were just standing there, shaking our heads going "what the f*ck?!?! we are SO stupid.....

but I guess lesson learned...

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  • A service is much more than the things you mention, if they do it right, depending on the mileage. Chances are they would have found this potential fault too.
    Anonymous -- Saturday September 26 2009, @04:57AM (#339669)
    • Re:service by M-in-Oz (Score:1) Monday September 28 2009, @01:25AM
      • Re:service by everybody's lost (Score:1) Tuesday September 29 2009, @07:55AM
        • Re:service by M-in-Oz (Score:1) Thursday October 01 2009, @06:07PM
          • Re:service by everybody's lost (Score:1) Thursday October 22 2009, @02:07PM
    • Re:service by everybody's lost (Score:1) Tuesday September 29 2009, @07:42AM


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