I've been so grateful for the use of my friend's car the last few months. I would not have been able to work or get to dr & other important appointments without his generosity. I was starting to save up money to get the repairs done and all the fees paid off. It felt like progress.
Thing is, the car is old and has high mileage. Serious things are starting to go wrong. Last month I had to put almost all my car repair savings into replacing its leaky gas tank. The windshield is cracked to a dangerous degree, the brakes are bad and it's developed an infuriating quirk of refusing to shift out of park because it fails to recognize that the brake has been engaged. It has an override button that appears to be stuck or disconnected. Usually, after much stomping on the brake it eventually pops into gear. The only other option is replacing the gear box which is probably another $4-500!
It had been especially tricky earlier in the evening so I had left the key in (so I could leave it in neutral) while I moved my own car for street sweeping. And I stupidly locked the door with my purse & phone inside. Luckily, I gad friends willing and able to help!
I had not eaten all day so I stopped to eat. I debated leaving it in neutral with the key and making sure I had the spare but I was afraid the battery would drain. So, I took a chance based on past frustrations always being temporary. That was a huge mistake!
2 hours of failed attempts later here I am with a tear stained face on the 2nd to last train to Richmond, interrupting the birthday of one of my dearest friends, who miraculously was not only still awake but answered her phone, so that I can borrow her car.
It gets better! BART train had a malfunctioning door which delayed us getting to MacArthur for our transfer to Richmond. Driver told us they were holding the train for us. To transfer requires going downstairs then across the station and back upstairs again! Even with doing our best to hurry several of us reached the platform as the train pulled away, including an elderly woman struggling with her luggage. Luckily, there is one more train, but I will get to Richmond about 1230am and back to my cat sitting gig around 130am if I'm lucky.
Tomorrow, I will get up early, if I get any sleep at all because the car will either need to be towed or moved somehow by 8AM to avoid a ticket or tow.
I have obligations that require a car every day through January 12. I know my friend can't afford the repair this car needs just to be barely functional. I realize it may cost every penny I am making this week to tow it in and get that gear box repaired. Instead of swimming forward I feel I am just treading water.
So grateful again for my friends coming through for me again. I know I have done a lot for others even at times I was not in such a great position myself, but I am tired of being in chronic crisis and having to make a big noise to get even the most basic things done.
Oh Ganesha! If ever I needed the assistance of your mighty trunk to move these obstacles from my meaninful and productive path it is now! And if ever I needed extra blessings from your beautiful consort Laxmi so that extra coin flows into my pocket to resolve this, now would be the time! Thanks!
- Jim Estes brake light switch wears out and prevent from removing out of park $25.00 at Autozone, if that's the problem. Option of cruise or no cruise control.
2 January at 06:49 · Edited · Unlike · 1Reply
Rhiannon Stitch Laakso Let me know if you need AAA today. I understand the car issues. My car has been sitting in my driveway since October 2012 after it broke down in the middle of the Bay bridge. It needs the head replaced at the very least. I was saving up for a friend to help, even got a generous loan from a friend's mom, but life is getting in the way still so there it sits. But, I have excellent AAA since I needed it with that car...
2 January at 07:08 · LikeReply
Lorelei Moon Jim I think that may be the problem. I understand it is common with Toyotas. Is the part something that is in a place I can get to myself? If it's near the brake lights themselves, I don't have the damn tools to open the panels. I swear they designed the car so you can do very little work yourself!
2 January at 09:59 · LikeReply
Lorelei Moon Rhiannon I may take you up on that. My work schedule doesn't have room for this problem today. Car probably has already gotten a couple of tickets. After I leave this job around 11, my plan is to go back to the car and try one more time to coax it int...See More
2 January at 10:04 · LikeReply
Rhiannon Stitch Laakso Ok, just let me know then. I'll be on that side of town randomly over the next few days while we clean up and move out Esa's house...
2 January at 10:18 · Unlike · 1Reply
Lorelei Moon Thanks!
2 January at 10:24 · LikeReply
Jim Estes I had the same problem with an 02' Honda Odyssey. The switch is down by the brake peddle. Disconnect battery before removal. Instructions on youtube.com
2 January at 16:23 · Unlike · 1Reply
Lorelei Moon Jim, thanks for the tip about the battery. It wasn't on the you tube video I saw. Of course, that makes perfect sense when working on the electrical! Hey, having a hard time getting someone to help me do this! Sure you don't want to take a Bay Area vacation about now?
4 January at 00:14 · LikeReply
Jim Estes Actually, on my way to Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia. Hope you find someone to help.
4 January at 06:21 · LikeReply
"I follow four dictates: face it, accept it, deal with it, then let it go."
-- Sheng Yen
That was me last night bawling in my car while smokers outside Ben & Nicks ignored me..
He was saying how much money procrastinating cost him and I was thinking about how much money someone else's procrastinating has been costing me. Anyway, she asked him how old his kids are and he says, 22, 23, 26 & 28! We both stare at him dumbfounded. She made him whip out his driver's license. Dude is 63! I know a lot of African American men & women age well, but this guy could have pased for mid 40's.I nearly asked him if he was divorced & available!
I've played the wprst that can happen game & guess what? In none of the acenarios does the world end. Here are my worst case scenarios:
1. I have to wait until tonight to get the car towed to my house or mechanic.
2. I have to pay my mechanic a lot to fix it.
3. I get a couple hundred dollars in tickets.
4. The car gets impounded.
Best case scenario, I have few or no (miracle!!!) tickets, a friend lets me use their AAA for a tow home & a friend helps me repair the car which also means I learn how to do something new!
Meanwhile prayers & positive energy sent my way would be splendid!
Doesn't matter if it was, let go let deity, my cloaking spell, my note and a kind parking enforcement officer or crazy good luck. Bottom line is, the car did NOT get a single ticket, I have wheels to finish my jobs today AND somehow the car will get home tonight whether on its own volition or with the help of a generous friend. #grateful! #blessed #itwillallworkout! #I♥myfriendssomuch