Why is it when someone asks earlier in the week how your car is doing, and the answer is "fine" something happens only a few days late?
This is today's ordeal and I am so thankful for my string of good luck and my guardian angel who has got my back.
Earlier in the week my husband had asked if my 1994 Camry was running okay, and I've had no problems. Then this week when I was going to top off the tank to prepare for a "new town to explore" road trip with my son, I noticed the car seemed kind of off and was prepared to turn around and park it till my husband got home, but we continued to the end of that street and whatever seemed strange in its running disappeared. This morning, we got all set to head out to Swansboro, NC to explore with the GPS fully charged, my cell phone charged and on, full tank of gas and just a quick trip into our small town for some quick errands. I am less than a mile from our home when the car starts acting "WEIRD" I check the dash board for any warning signal lights on what's happening- nothing but the car is losing speed. This is not a good thing since its a road posted 55 mph and its full of twists and turns, narrow shoulders, and no good place for me to pull off without ending in a 4 foot ditch. I keep pep talking it to just make it by one more bend so I can pull over on the ahead straight away in a person's yard or if my luck holds out to a local vet's place where I can park and have it off the road. My luck only lasted around that last bend and I was able to get it into a person's big front yard near the shoulder but with enough space allowance to open my driver's side door safely. Near the end the brakes seemed to cut off too, which was scary and I was prepared to coast into a corn field I spotted if need be. Good thing is if we had to walk home it was only 1 mile- EASY.
I got out of the car and was preparing to walk up to the front door of the house to knock and explain about my car when the lady of the house pulled in with her truck. I told her the car just died out on me an I was aiming for the vet's only 500 yards or more up the road but no such luck. I told her I was "clueless" about car issues, cause I am and how I had just gotten my driver's license in October. She said, "No problem about it being in the yard, and hold on my husband's a mechanic. Let me give him a call."
I got on my cell phone and tried calling our friends up the road but they were already gone and in Virginia to pick up their son. Then I called my husband to tell him what happened, where we were, and that I got lucky on where I ended up. He got out of work early to come get us and see what the car problem was instead of us walking home. The lady's husband showed up and gave it a look over to see if it was anything noticeable for a car issue. I knew it had a computer/electrical issue in the past and we had it in the shop for MONTHS before it worked again with a costly bill, but since my husband was driving it at that time I didn't know if it was doing the same thing. Yup, its something electrical most likely because it will run and no matter what you do with the acceleration it will just shut off.
Okay, now the issue of how to get it home safely. We were prepared to call for a towing service and the guy asked if we had towing insurance, which we do NOT. At this point he offers for my husband to use his tow dolly since we've got a GMC Sierra truck he drives. This alone will save us over $180 since that's what the towing fee would be for even such a short distance. My husband went home with my son to get his hitch and this super nice guy helps us hook up my camry to the tow dolly, allows us to use it to get my car home, and we returned it promptly. I could not thank him enough and his family for their kindness and I am unsure if my husband gave him some money when we returned the tow dolly.
I mean how lucky did I get in a bad situation.
My son is somewhat sad because our road trip got cancelled and I was honest on not knowing when we will be mobile again. I am extremely thankful it worked out so well and I hadn't headed in the opposite direction from our home and out on our adventure. We figured it out and if I had it would have died in a spot that is "accident central" where cars are thrown off into 6 ft ditches on a sharp curve. My fear was if it had cut off like that on the highway too when I was trying to get on or switching lanes.
So now I am housebound until we can either figure out what's happening, or get it to a shop for a scan or worse case scenario is my husband buys the used Honda he's been offered that's a stick shift and I have to learn to drive that big honking truck.
Did I mention I like my little old Camry. Who knows maybe my luck will hold out and it won't be a costly repair or I get a honey of a deal dropped in our path on a reliable used car with a sweet low price. Looks don't matter to me in a car- its safety, good gas mileage, and small.
I was going to try my hand at canning tonight, but I didn't want to press my luck. My friends are letting me borrow their canning supplies and I am terrified of a pressure cooker which they kept trying to talk me into using. Nope- I will got with that water bath method for sealing and preserving the canning jars since I feel my luck may have reached its top level today.
Keep me in your positive thoughts in that the car problems are easily and not expensively solved.