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23 November 2018 @ 01:44 am
Worst Week Ever  
As you know, a week ago I was in the hospital for having a seizure. I was released on Saturday, and on Sunday I returned to work.

On Monday, I walked out of work to find our car wouldn't start. My dad figured it was the battery, so I went back inside and bought one for $100. Meanwhile, our family friend, Junior, came out to give us a jump. We were going to follow Junior to his house and switch the old battery for the new one, but we never made it. The lights in the car grew dim, as did our head & tail lights, so we pulled into a 7-11 and switched the batteries out there. Our car turned on, though the clock, radio, and our heater wouldn't work. As we pulled into our parking space at home, the headlights visibly dimmed and flickered.

We were just trying to hold on until I get my next check.

Then, today. We're on our way home from Thanksgiving dinner with my sister-in-law and her family. At one point, our speedometer  went to 0, even though we were still moving. And then the car died, completely, right there in the road, five minutes from home. Thank god we were on a back road. My sister-in-law and her family came out and gave us another jump, and we made it another 3 minutes before the car died again. We abandoned it at the side of the road.

I got a ride to/from work today, and my sister-in-law's brother towed the car to the front of our trailer. Then he pushed it into our parking spot, with me steering. And now it's in front of our trailer, but it's making this weird, non-stop groaning/screeching noise. The car is off and in park.

I don't know what to do. Dad thinks it's the alternator. Others have suggested the starter, and maybe there's a short (and that's why the radio/clock/heater won't work). If I take my $300 bonus next check and the $300 I was going to use to take the dog to the vet, I can scrape together $600. Do we take it in and hope it IS the alternator and they can fix it? Or should we just try to buy a new car, which might come with a new set of problems?

And even if we DO decide to take it in, how do we get it to the auto shop? It's illegal to tow it yourself. We could do it to save some money and hope no police catch us, or we could have it towed by a towing service and take on another large bill.

I am so stressed and just so fucking DONE. That's it. I want to stop existing now, please.

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sparklyfantasparklyfanta on November 23rd, 2018 10:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so sorry, sweetie. I hate that you're in this position. *hugs*

popkin16: ♪ catch me if ever I fallpopkin16 on November 25th, 2018 07:13 am (UTC)
Thanks bb *HUGS* It seems like just when things go well, something terrible happens. I'm tired of it all.
brumeier: Bucky Not Amusedbrumeier on November 23rd, 2018 10:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. ::hugs:: Sometimes it seems like the universe is punishing us. I can only assume to make us stronger for the coming apocalypse. I wish there was something I could do for you. ::more hugs::
popkin16: ☂ a love like thatpopkin16 on November 25th, 2018 07:12 am (UTC)
*HUGS* I appreciate that you want to help <3 It really does feel like the universe is punishing us. Every time it feels like we're doing pretty good, something happens and we get fucked over. SIGH.

At least I'll be super prepared for the coming apocalypse ;)
brandywine737 on November 25th, 2018 09:54 pm (UTC)

Oh no. I'm so sorry this happened. It sucks when life just seems to kick you when you're down. Keep your chin up.
FYI: I think there is a test to see if your alternator is bad before replacing it.
Also, I had a similar issue years ago on my 2001 Buick LeSabre. I was driving it home from the shop (I think I had the wheel bearings replaced) and my car just died while I was driving home. Long story short, it ended up being the Mass Air Flow Sensor. Something to check out. ??
I hope this helps. Sending prayers and good vibes your way.

popkin16: ☂ a love like thatpopkin16 on November 26th, 2018 05:33 am (UTC)
Thank you bb <3 I'm doing my best to stay positive. I've been so stressed lately...

Yeah, there is some way to test it, though I don't know the details. Or if we would need equipment to do that...but Thursday is approaching and we're taking it in then for answers.

Ooo, nobody has said anything about a "mass air flow sensor." Thank you for pointing that out - I'm going to pass it along. Maybe our family friend knows how to check that - it'd be great if we could fix this on our own, so I won't have to pay outrageous auto shop fees.