Just One Ride

Right now, I'm trying to fight a massive headache and nurse an arm that's still very sore. It was a pretty good day because I got to get in my car and drive to the post office and then to Subway. I haven't driven my car much in about six months. Last September, the head gasket blew, and I went on a mission to DIY it. Like I said before, I had no option but to either try it or be without a car forever. 

I'm unable to get a car loan, so it's not like I can simply "Sell it and get something better" like some people try to advise me to do. I can't afford to pay a car note anyway. Besides, no perfect vehicle exists. That's where I clash with other people. They rant and rave about Toyota this and Honda that and blah blah XYZ foreign vehicle. My first car was a Mazda. I paid my hard-earned money for it, and it broke down within a month of having it. I owned a Toyota Celica in my younger days. I had a Nissan 240SX and a Subaru Brat too. None of those cars outdid my Chevys on anything, and not one of them lasted forever without an issue. So it's not that I've never owned anything but a Chevrolet. It's that I've had many cars, and I've always come back to Chevrolets. No other manufacturer's stuff has impressed me enough to make me want to not own a Chevy. Is that so difficult to understand?  

 ALL cars break down, especially as they age and/or the owner fails to keep up with maintenance. There is no car that's exempt from having an issue, and there's no reason to throw a car away if it runs either. I can't afford to "just get another one" like some people can do. I have to make do with what I have. 

I remember a sales guy from a car dealership telling me to "date the car for a while" and that I didn't have to "marry" it. He was trying to sell me a Hyundai that I absolutely did not want instead of the Chevys that I was asking about. See, that's the thing. I'm into long-term relationships. I don't date just for the sake of dating. I aim to MARRY. If I'm not going to get married, then there's no purpose in dating. Get it? I'm the same way with my cars. I buy cars that I intend to keep for the long haul. My last Chevy was with me for 12 years. I don't "date" my cars and then change them every two or three years. I try to keep them for a lifetime if I can. 

So anyway, the head gasket job took me about four months to do because of waiting for parts, working a lot of hours, and dealing with sickness and so forth. Just as I was putting it back together, I broke the MAP sensor, so it wasn't running right. Then, I noticed that it was still doing something weird after I put the new MAP on there. It was much better but was still acting funky. Ah, then the guy from the neighborhood took it for a test-drive, and I found out that the transmission cooler line plug had come out. Lost all my fluid that day. Ever since then, I've been trying to plug that transmission cooler line up and also figure out why my car was idling funny.

Finally, after installing a new EGR valve, I  drove it around to the parts store and asked them to hook it up to the computer. It only pulled one code, and that was for the MAF sensor. I didn't have the money to buy a new one, so I just disconnected it for now, lol. Runs like butter with it disconnected. 

It ran well enough to take me around town without stalling out, overheating, or any such a thing. A Mexican (?) man was actually the one who got the transmission cooler line plugged in right. I tried to do it last week with my hurt arm, but I didn't get it in there good enough. Lost several quarts again today. Now it's in tight, though. Not leaking anymore. 

Is the car perfect? Hell no. Does it run? Today it does. All I can do is pray and hope that it runs tomorrow and the next day and the next. I need my car. It sucked not being able to get to the doctors and such without spending half of a week's pay. I just want to be able to do everyday tasks and errands. That's all.

And again, I say, I don't ever want to do that massive head gasket job again. I'll gladly call a mechanic the next time I have a problem...if I have the money. GLADLY.



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