Car Karma

“Varoooom! Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr”  That’s the sound my ’96 Saturn has made every morning M-F for the past 6 years, since we bought it in ’04.

“Varoo ~ pfft, pfft, pfft, puh 😦 ”  That’s the sound it made this morning.

Try again?  “varoo? ~ pfft, pfft, pfft, puh 😦 ”

And again? “~ pfft, pfft, pfft, puh 😦 ”

Okay.  No problem.  Number 4 Son, recently returned from an early-abort Navy stint (entry level medical discharge, not disabling) is sleeping in his room (he works 2nd shift through Manpower making parts for the Toyota recall — grateful to have found work in Michigan in this economy).

Wake up son, describe Saturn’s sound, and he dresses military-muster speed and is in the driveway with a socket set before I’ve even got my coat off.

Diagnosis?  Blown head gasket.  Son seizes a “teaching moment” and explains to mom in exquisite detail exactly how he is going to repair this; and he cannot contain his delight, his utter delight, that something on Mom’s car needs his attention.

Okay, so I still have to get to work.  But no problem!  Husband also works 2nd shift and he says I can take his truck for my 9-to-noon job.  (2001 Chevy S10)

Grab his keys and head out to the street behind us, where that vehicle is parked.  Unlock the door and loose the latch …

“Salaaap!  Sproinnnnng!  Chunk.”  The door FLIES full open, and a rather large spring ejects itself onto the road.

I pick up the spring, and try to close the door.  Nope, won’t budge.  Door stands open.

Can you even believe this?  What must be the odds?

(Photo is the Saturn, and also Number 4 Son, taken last summer, on a better day for Car Karma.)


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9 Responses to Car Karma

  1. Mama Bear says:

    I'd say.. someone is trying to tell you.. to STAY HOME TODAY. Listen to the man upstairs.. he has a reason.

  2. Rani Kaye says:

    No worries, Cherei, I absolutely DID stay home today LOL!

  3. Bill Pate says:

    I thought that's what you would have done. Probably the much wiser move.

  4. Mel Weinerth says:

    yep sounds like a no win an time to return to the house.

  5. Rani Kaye says:

    The Saturn is still in the "shop" (my resident mechanic is working 10 hour days making recall parts for Toyota), and hubby has a 9:30 am appt this morning, so I get chauffeured to & from work today! Yes! Actually, I do not enjoy driving!

  6. lol… it's an ill wind, they say, that blows no one any good 🙂

  7. Rani Kaye says:

    This "fix mom's car" project was unsuccessful. Ended up just giving the car to Number 4 Son.Today he bought another Saturn with a great engine but needing body work. I've posted photos of Day 1 (today) beginning to make the "new" Saturn look pretty on the outside.

  8. oh, so that's what that's about – I saw the title Saturn Project in my inbox and wondered… my husband has just been to a talk about Venus at the planetarium this evening 🙂

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