What a cruddy day this was......
I got woke up this morning by a call from my son who was on his way to work. The car had broken down. He was on the side of the interstate and need me to come and help. (He's 18, knows nothing about cars and sounded pretty nervous)
So, I roll out and get dressed, go and find him and sure enough, the car is dead. He said it was making a horrible noise and not driving right so he pulled over. Several dash lights were on as he pulled over and shut it down.
I took him to work, where he found out he was being let go. (When it rains it pours right?) So we went to Wallyworld and bought a tow strap. Went back out to the car on the interstate and hooked it up, towed it home and had a tiny speck of good luck. My neighbor is a mechanic at a local Toyota dealership, and the car happens to be a Toyota Camry. He saw us coming up the street and walked over to see what he could tell. Had my son start it and immediately had him shut it down. He said it is getting ready to throw a rod.
So, the Toyota is parked until we have the money to get a used or rebuilt motor for it. My neighbor says he will put it in for free. He's going to call around to a few places he knows and see if he can locate one. Says it will probably be about $500 and he happens to be off all this next week so he can do it for us in a day he says. Problem is, I don't have the money right after Christmas so I think it will have to wait until tax refund time around the first of February.
That's the way it goes I guess. We'll get it fixed up, it'll just have to wait a while. If there is a good side, at least the boy doesn't have to worry about how he will get to work. But he's going to have a hard time finding something else with no car to drive to put in applications a such.