Tuesday, December 4, 2007

My Explorer Is In the Shop Today

Despite being a "gas guzzler", my 1998 Ford Explorer has been very reliable since I took over ownership of it in February of 2004. I have been fairly diligent about oil changes and have had it serviced a couple of times, but other than that, it has not hit me with any crazy hassles and expenses.

This Saturday smoke appeared from the hood. The initial reaction was that I needed a new radiator. I took it to a local oil change and break place and they diagnosed a leaking Thermostat Housing unit. It made sense as I could see that coolant had dripped from this housing unit they were pointing to. It was Sunday so the guy told me he'd call me Monday morning and let me know the cost to repair it. At the time I was thinking a couple hundred bucks at the most. When I got a call at 9:30am Monday morning, they told it would be $501!

Not believing this was my cheapest option I called Triad, which is the shop that Darcy's company uses for all their company cars. I've used them a number of times and trust them - which is huge! I went and visited Greg (the owner) on my lunch break to see what he thought. It turned out that it really was my thermostat housing that needs replacement, but now for only $320. I'm definitely glad I got a second opinion.

I'm getting it fixed today, so Darcy had to follow me to Triad, and then drop me off at work. If I can't find anyone at the office to drop me off there after work, she'll be picking me up too. Three hundred and twenty dollars later, my car should be working fine again.

As much as I hate paying for maintenance on my car, I realize that my Explorer has done me right for the most part, and I am lucky that I don't have bigger problems to deal with.

(Note: Car in picture above was found on Google and is not my actual car, although an exact replica.)

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