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“It’s Never As Easy As It Looks!”

When I was a P.I., working the Bob H. at T.E. & A (enough initials for you?), I remember getting cases that had little information with which to start, but soon, all fell into place.  And others that appeared to be a slam dunk, only to get mired in something complex and nerve-wracking.

I remember sharing my observations about all this with Bob, and he responded, “It’s never as easy as it looks.”  I told him we should have a sign over the squad room with that very saying.

Fast-forward from 1981 ’til today.  Here I am, post car repair.  My 2000 Olds Intrigue has been rapidly deteriorating over the past couple of months, in need of new front brakes and some-kind of engine-repair, minimally, just to keep her road worthy and safe.  (She also needs two tires, and A/C repair, but, those will have to wait. 😦  )

I just don’t have the funds.  I live paycheck-to-paycheck on my disability.

My dear roommate offered to front me some funds to get the necessary repairs done!  We got the car into a local garage of good reputation, and waited.  Turned out the engine problems were the result of the old ignition switch failing.  We opted for the generic switch over the factory ($300 difference!) and this gives me one key for the door, a second for the ignition.  No big deal, right?

Well, not exactly.  These are not your grandfather’s ignition switches.  Seems they are having difficulty getting the security of the key to match the security programmed into the car.  Or something.

It’s never as easy as it looks!  And all this to make a 15 year old beater drivable again.


(Update – I got my car back, ignition switch now working, and engine running better than before, but not like new.  The brakes have been replaced, but the dashboard brake light comes on after about 20 brakings and stays on until the car sits for about 20 minutes(!)  Of course, it’s SUNDAY, and the earliest I can get back to the garage is Tuesday.)

It IS never as easy as it looks!


(Update Two – I bought two ‘gently used’ tired for the front, as the ones I had were paper thin.  Good news – they hold air, and are balanced!  Bad news – my right front wheel has two partly stripped lugs.  So I’m running on four instead of six.  It’s always something.)

(Update Three – my SESservice engine soon – light went on when I dared drive FIVE miles, yesterday!)

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


2 thoughts on ““It’s Never As Easy As It Looks!”

  1. Never rains but it pours, but it sounds like you’re moving in the right direction. Baby steps, eh?

    Posted by Rev. Paul | June 22, 2014, 9:19 am

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