In all the hustle and bustle of packing and preparing for our move, I have neglected to write about Ron's handy work with my car. First of all, I drive a 1993 model but it runs surprisingly well. I believe that I posted last month sometime that Ron changed my brake pads. A couple of weeks after that, I was driving and something felt very wrong with the wheels. If I went 40 mph (then 35, then 30 as my trip progressed), it felt like a wheel was going to fall off. I pulled over and checked the wheels, and they were all on securely. I drove home nice and slow, and let Ron diagnose the problem. We both worried that it had to do with the brakes since they were just changed. Nope. In the back of the car, there is a bar that holds the wheel in place. Well, that was cracked and the wheel was no longer stabilized! Then came the challenge of figuring out the exact name of the part, finding it, and changing it. Ron went to a car parts store and they looked it up, and it would be over $70 for the part, but they would have to order it because they didn’t have one in the whole state. Then he tried a junk yard that had a ’92 and ’95 model of my car, found the exact part on the '95, got it off himself and paid $8.00 for it. He came home and fixed it, and my car was as good as new—well, at least as good as it was before the piece broke :). Thank you to my handyman husband!
In the bottom left of the picture, you can see the broken bar. On the right you see the end is round, and on the left, it's kind of like a hook. Both sides are supposed to be the same! So the tire was literally haning on by a --hook!
3 weeks ago