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Inexpensive Car Repair (that never happens! at least not to us!)

April 28th, 2015 at 08:41 am

On the way to F's soccer game on Sunday our car started making the most frightening noise. D pulled over, and we tried to figure out what was wrong. We couldn't even put the car in neutral without this horrific metal-on-metal sound.

We called our neighbor who rushed us to the soccer fields, and we just abandoned our car on the side of the road (it's a very quiet dirt road). We having free towing with USAA insurance, so I called them to set it up; they said I could call back when we were ready and they'd come right out.

So F played her game (and scored two goals! score was 3-1). And our friends drove us home. And then D headed back out to wait for the tow truck.

They towed it to the dealer, and dropped the keys in the dropbox, and we were just freaking out all morning... what if it was a really expensive repair? What if it was the transmission? What if, what if...

But the service manager called D back and said it was a rock stuck in the brake calipers. All they had to do was take off the wheel. $25. Yes!!!!!! We can scrounge up $25!

We're so relieved...

4 Responses to “Inexpensive Car Repair (that never happens! at least not to us!)”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Isn't it funny -- sometimes the things that sound the worst are the most minor!

  2. Buendia Says:

    You are so right! It sounded AWFUL! They told us what to do if it happened again (although they said they tried this with our car and it didn't work -they still had to take the wheel off):
    you put the car in reverse
    then brake sharply
    (sometimes this dislodges the rock)

  3. Buendia Says:

    PS - this may be more common here and in other states where there are a lot of dirt roads

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That's the kind of car repair bill I can handle! Smile

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