One of the great things about owning an older car that’s completely paid off is that you don’t have monthly payments. However one of the bad things is that things go wrong. As the car gets older, those things seem to get more and more expensive. When you have older cars, a car repair fund is not just a good idea, it’s a necessity.
The Unfortunate End To An Otherwise Great Trip
We did a long weekend camping trip about 2 hours away, and pulled back into town Tuesday afternoon. We pulled onto the street in front of the house, and I got out of the car to let the kids out and to get things ready so that I could back the RV into the driveway. I immediately knew something was terribly wrong when I walked around to the passenger side and saw that the camper was red.
Further inspection showed that everything on that whole side of the car and camper was covered in a fine red mist.
Knowing the layout of the car, I immediately suspected that we were leaking transmission fluid.
So, backed the camper in, turned everything off, and took a quick peek. Unhooked the camper, made a couple of phone calls, and added some fluid.
Popped it up to the service station right up the road and found that yes, we had a cracked fluid line.
Our Car Repair Fund At Work
Initial reports are that the transmission itself seems to be undamaged. They really can’t do a thorough test on that until they fix the line, flush the remaining fluid and get it back to where it’s going to go. That alone is going to cost $600.
And, that’s assuming that the transmission still works. If there are any problems there, well, I don’t even want to think about it.
On the bright side, this seemed to happen at about exactly the right place. Based on how quickly things were leaking, I think it probably happened very soon before we got home. Had it happened around when we first left the campground, I’m thinking that the damage would have been far worse. Plus, we’d have been stuck pretty far away from home.
So, as bad as it is, it could have been worse. I’m just hoping we are past the worst. Keeping fingers crossed!
Will know more soon.