Servicing the machine I depend on most for my livelihood

Mundane, day-to-day journaling is my speed on here these days. Not concerned if it isn’t too interesting to others. There’s certainly more to life than aiming to be entertaining, not that this space ever was or ever will be geared toward entertaining others. Just a personal sandbox.

Anyway, yesterday I took my car into a shop for its engine repairs finally. Cost a whopping $950+ for that plus an oil change. Thank goodness my close friend offered to help out with the costs there. The mechanic didn’t think there was anything wrong with my power steering, yet it’s making that same grinding/creaking noise again today when I turn the wheel either direction. Probably gonna have to eventually take it elsewhere to have that looked at.

But I’m glad my car’s no longer puttering when I’m paused at stop lights or having issues with accelerating when I’m trying to merge onto the interstate. At a little over 100,000 miles currently, I look forward to this vehicle serving my needs for many years to come, with any luck. It’s a comfortable ride. Had it for two years now.

Cars made in the early 2000s remain my preference over the newer models they’ve been churning out since. More user-friendly than the supposed “latest and greatest.” No need for so many bells and whistles and a plethora of buttons and touch screens. If something tragic happened to my car (knock on wood), I’d likely try to find another that was 10-13 years old and well taken care of.

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2 Responses to Servicing the machine I depend on most for my livelihood

  1. Wyrd Smythe says:

    If you have front wheel drive, it’s might be your CV (constant velocity) joint. When they’ve gone bad they make a rapid clicking noise when you turn. If they’ve gone really bad you can sometimes *feel* the vibration. If your mechanic looked only at your power steering — and it was fine — he might have missed the problem entirely.

    One thing you can try is to get under the front of the car and look at your front wheels from the inside. You should see rubber accordion boots enclosing the axle where it connects with the wheel. If those boots are ripped or torn, it’s probably your CV joints. The lost integrity lets road grit get inside which ruins them.

    • Byenia says:

      CV joint! That’s the thing I was wondering about but couldn’t remember what it was called. Good call. Will look into it. Thanks for the info!

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