Early evening view from our camp at Poverty Flats, Overton, Nevada
Tuesday, November 29
The Perfect Tow Vehicle has a 10:30 appointment this morning at Carl’s Auto Repair in Overton.
The previous appointment at the shop, the one for the brake job, was the day before Thanksgiving. The shop was very busy that day so I postponed the oil change to after the holiday weekend.
Besides the oil change, the PTV has a little problem that needs fixin.’
Immediately after a cold start, she whines. Uh-oh . . . sounds like a belt . . . .
On the way into Overton, Reggie and I stop at the wildlife management area.
First I dump our trash. When I open the door to get out, Reggie wiggles and whines for a walk.
“Hey, good idea, Reg! We have time for that . . . .”
We walk the WMA’s dirt road to a grassy field. The air is brisk with lots of sunshine. Reggie has a grand time!
“You enjoyed that, didn’t you,” I remark as Reggie settles contentedly into his doggie bed in the PTV. I start up the engine.
“Now you oughtta’ be happy to wait at the shop like a good boy.”
Reggie is a good boy at the shop, of course. In fact, in his usual, friendly fashion, he charms the customers and makes a couple acquaintances in the parking lot.
Fast forward to what the mechanic finds!
“The air conditioner tensioner froze up and threw the A/C belt off,” he reports.
I explain that the air conditioner hasn’t worked for a long time, that I had it fixed a couple times only to have it go out again both times.
“I’ve ridden that merry-go-round with the A/C in used vehicles over the years. I don’t plan on having the air conditioner fixed ever. Unless you know a reason why not, go ahead and cut the belt off and leave it at that.”
The mechanic assures me that nothing else will be affected by removing the belt. He adds, “You’re lucky that belt didn’t tear into the wiring . . . .”
Here’s the bill . . . .
Labor (Change oil and filter, top off fluids): $35.00 . . . Parts: $8.53 . . . Tax: $0.70 . . . Total: $44.23.
I think Carl’s Auto Repair treated me very well with this bill considering that the PTV took 6 quarts of 5w30 oil, one quart of automatic transmission fluid, and a new drain plug (the old one was the reason for the oil leak). Also, no charge for finding the source of the whine and removing the A/C belt. The codes were cleared for the idiot lights, too.
Deja vu all over again . . . .
At the library I turn in DVDs and pick out some more. Reg and I share a McD’s picnic in the park. We return to Poverty Flats, both of us happy for different reasons, except for the two that we share.
We’re happy to be home and happy to be together!
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