My car continues to be a drain on our wallet. After the last car repair, replacing the wheel sensors, I thought I was in the clear. But about 2 weeks later, I started hearing a strange thumping noise coming from the front left wheel.
I brought it back to the mechanic, and of course, the noise disappeared while he had the car. But right before I left, the noise was back — and he thought it was a dirty brake caliper. He sent me off with this advice: get the car washes, and the water should dislodge the debris that was causing the noise.
A week later, I got the car washed. And two days after that, we had a terrible rainstorm. Not only did the noise NOT disappear, it got LOUDER. So back to the mechanic I went.
Over the phone, he told me it was “cracked brake shoes.” But when my husband went to pick the car up for me, the service ticket said the brake pads and rotors had been replaced. While I don’t know enough about brake systems to determine what he meant, I’m very glad that it’s been fixed. I was actually afraid to drive the car to and from work because of the unnerving sound coming from the tire as I drove — I heard it above the radio.
While I realize this is a lot of money to spend in the last four months on repairs, it’s still been a heck of a lot cheaper than a new car (and the years of payments/interest that go with it). As long as the engine and transmission are sound, I’m happy with my seven-year-old car. And I hope it’s happy with all of the money I’ve spent on it this year.