Sunday, July 18, 2010

"My horse, my horse; my kingdom for a horse."--Part Trois

Spoke too soon on the whole car thing.....

So,  I'm doing some errands after work last Tuesday and I pull out of a CVS in Newtown Square onto a very busy 4 lane road... and I suddenly can't get my car to go into gear.    I can move the gearshift around in the neutral position, but I cannot for the life of me get it into any of the five gears.   Nada. Zip.  Bumpkis.    And did I mention it was rush hour?   (I would have settled for reverse).

Some guys came along and got me over to the shoulder of the road ( guys live for that kind of stuff don't you think?   Let me show I'm a guy)and I started calling my road service.    While I'm waiting for them, an off-duty cop came along and futzed around under the hood, tested the clutch and somehow managed to get it into first gear.    I drove it all the way to the mechanics that way.    I kept apologizing to the engine as it was straining to be giving another gear.    I felt like it was screaming at me "Shift you idiot, shift!"     "I know. I know.  I'm sorry."

Upshot is it may be time to get another car...   The mechanic isn't sure if it the clutch synchronizers or what--but that probably means a new transmission--at about $1,000.00 or so.   I don't know if the car is even worth that much anymore.

But I also know I don't know how I can afford a car payment......

Pray I hit the Powerball this week.


  1. Okay I am praying, but you do live an exciting life.......:-) Hugs

  2. Fingers crossed and prayers too!! The price of a car keeps going up and up and our incomes are flat...going no where...ack!! Good luck on your car dilemma!!

  3. We finally had to retire our old Volvo. I hate car payments. Two more years to go.

  4. I know what it's like to have to give up an old car. I still think fondly of our old Toyota Corolla that had over 200,000 miles under her hood. And, sorry about the cost of finding another means of's not easy!