Car Hell

Posted by miss m on Sunday, July 18, 2010 @ 1:18pm in Car Issues, Finances, General Blather |

Seriously, this is so unbelievable it sounds made up. Here’s what we’ve been dealing with.

Honda Element making horrible squeal noise.

Saturday, June 19th – take in to car repair place. Look it over, not sure what it is. Do power steering flush and replace pulley assembly. Car sounds worse. By process of elimination, they now think it’s the a/c compressor.
Cost: $265

Wednesday, June 23rd – take car in for a/c repair place #2. Replace compressor.
Cost: $918

Saturday, July 10th – while driving home from IKEA, a/c blows hot and makes bad noise. Turn off a/c and don’t use it until Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 14th – take back to car repair place #2. Turns out the compressor fan has gone bad. Part not available until Thursday. Authorize repair. Leave car at place.
Cost: $421

Thursday, July 15th – Part comes in, gets replaced. Turns out the fan damaged the compressor. Needs replacing again. They’re replace it under warranty but it has to be overnighted. Leave car at place. Miss work because Love had to take my car and I didn’t have a car to get to work.
Cost: $24 overnight fee

Friday, July 16th – Love gets a ride from a friend so we can both get to work. They replace the compressor a SECOND time. Report it failed once during testing but could not replicate problem. Call them if we have problems.

Sunday, July 18th – Love is driving home from breakfast with his parents. The horrible noise starts again and he smelled an electrical smell.

So now we’re $1,600 into repairs, TWO compressors, a fan, a pulley and overnight fees for parts, had the car in the shop for THREE DAYS, I had to miss a day of work and it’s broken AGAIN two days later. Now we’re struggling to figure out how to get the car BACK to the shop AND both of us to work tomorrow.

Seriously, this is so far beyond absurd I don’t even fucking know what to do anymore.

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