Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Car woes

We have an excellent village agricultural and motor engineer who has looked after all the cars we have had since we moved to the village in 2004 - and he and his son look after us very well.  We trust them completely to do a good job and not take us for a ride, so to speak!  They provide an excellent service.

We have had our Skoda just over a year now, and I love it....you can sense there is a "but" here, can't you!?!

It has been making a weird noise when I take a right hand bend unless I am going very slow, so I took it to the garage and asked them to sort it out - I was worried that it might be something serious.  Well, apparently I don't describe noises terribly accurately when it comes to cars, because when I got the car back last week, it still made the noise.  A bill came through the door later in the week for just over £220 for all the work that they did do on other things they found whilst they were looking for the noise - a new wheel, shock absorber, bump stops, etc.......but it still made the noise.  So I took the garage owner for a ride, and he heard the noise last Wednesday, and diagnosed the problem immediately - rust building up on the brake discs.  He knew what to do and asked me to take the car in on Friday.  Friday morning, I sat in the car on the driveway and let the handbrake off, let the clutch up and whilst I was still in first gear, gently easing it forward towards the road, there was a large metallic CLUNK and something went.  I didn't know what, so I crept slowly up the road to the garage which is just few hundred yards away, thank goodness.  

The car arrived back on the driveway Friday evening whilst I was at gym, and I rang the garage yesterday to find out what they had had to do.  The brake disc noise was easily sorted - but the CLUNK was a front suspension spring breaking!  Another large bill is heading my way...

4 comments:

Angela said...

ooooh! sympathies!! But you know that the Lord will provide, because the car is essential for you right now xx

Wannabe Sybil said...

Oh No!!! But hopefully this will be the last of the cluster of problems. WS xxx

SJE said...

I bet they love you at the garage, it's true what Angela says, The Lord has provided, sadly to the garage owner this week! Hopefully it is all ok now and nothing more will go wrong.

Sarah x

Lesley said...

How frustrating. Surely that will be it for a while!