When Vince and I started getting serious, he asked what I required to be happy and I told him three things:
- Indoor plumbing
- Air conditioning
- Dependable ar
Through our married years, he’s been on thin ice a few times. Now, it’s the car.
The Highlander is 10 years old and has 60,000 miles. In theory, it should last quite a few more years. In reality, it’s about to get replaced . . if I have my way.
Several months ago, we had the timing belt replaced due to years, not miles. Then I noticed that when the car sits for 8 – 10 days without being used, when I start it, it makes a weird grinding sound. It isn’t a belt. It feels tome like something is frozen up and it is grinding to get itself released. That’s definitely not a very good description . . not something a mechanic can easily diagnose from my description.
We don’t want to get a new car now. We don’t have a garage . . only a carport and you know the story of the cat sitting on the car, using the gasket around the sun roof for a scratching post. We want to know where we’ll be living when we retire before we buy a vehicle. If we’re living in a rural area, we need a pickup. If we’re living where there’s snow, we need four wheel drive. If we’re living in a retirement community, a car will work. OK . . scratch off the retirement community. That isn’t happening.
I want to go see Chad, Nicole and Addie but am not about to take off on a 10 hour trip with a car making a weird noise. It could be the water pump (they replaced that when they changed the timing belt and my guess is they put in a rebuilt one). According to Vince’s mechanic friends, it could be some kind of “tensioner arm”. According to my dad, it could be the compressor on the air conditioner. The mechanic we use is good and he’ll get to the bottom of it and get it fixed .. just maybe not in the time frame that makes me happy.
It’s pretty common for my car to sit 10 days without getting used so I’ve been trying to get a video of the noise. Yesterday I got it!
On my way to knitting, I took the video by and played it for them and they said “Bring in tomorrow” . . which is today . . so I did. They’re going to let it sit til early next week and then try to pinpoint where the noise is coming from and hopefully get it fixed. It’s not easy with the noise being something that the car has to sit for so long before it does it again but . . somehow, it has to be fixed and I have to feel like it’s a trustworthy vehicle to get me to MO and back or . . I’m afraid there’s going to be a very heated discussion around here and I’m going to end up with a new vehicle.
Let’s hope the mechanic can find the noise, get it fixed and we won’t have any more problems and the Highlander will make it til we’re ready to buy a new car.