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First the car had troubles in the front: The hood release lever came loose from the cable, so I couldn’t open the hood. (Yes, that happened a while back and I delayed fixing it. Good thing I'd had a full reservoir of windshield fluid.)

Then the car broke in the back: The trunk door catch wouldn’t engage and stay down, no matter what. This happened yesterday when I’d stopped at the store, so I had to leave it open, & go inside to buy bunjee cords. These really didn’t hold it down well at all, which is not good since the taillights are on the trunk door and need to be down so they can be seen. And at home, I had to pop out the lens on the light inside the trunk & pull out the bulb, because the light wouldn’t turn off. Didn’t want to have a drained battery in the morning.

There was also this metal groaning and scraping underneath the car, when I would begin to accelerate from a stop. But today all 3 are miraculously fixed! The trunk and hood release turned out not to be big problems, but the groaning metal under the car was expensive — part of the suspension, some pieces needed to be replaced.

I keep marveling at how wonderful a fixed car is.

posted on Dec 12, 2018 2:47 PM ()


Congrats!! I know the feeling of wishing I could repair something and not knowing how to do it. Love a smooth running vehicle!
comment by jerms on Dec 21, 2018 9:16 AM ()
I am a dunce when it comes to mechanical things and you amaze me with the fixes you are able to do. I wish we had some kind of public transportation too.
comment by elderjane on Dec 13, 2018 4:27 AM ()
It was someone online who posted on a car forum that educated me about the trunk light. I'm really in awe of how much useful stuff people are putting online for others.
reply by drmaus on Dec 13, 2018 12:33 PM ()
Miraculously fixed! That's what I like to hear.
comment by traveltales on Dec 12, 2018 8:51 PM ()
I'm happy every time I think about that groaning sound, gone.
reply by drmaus on Dec 12, 2018 9:32 PM ()
Thanks--it is posts like this that make me feel less bad about not having a car!!!

PS Glad everything is working again!
comment by greatmartin on Dec 12, 2018 4:46 PM ()
I wish there were public transportation worth the name nearby, honestly. Every place should have it.
reply by drmaus on Dec 12, 2018 9:17 PM ()
Youtube has a fix for the hood latch for most vehicles and I wouldn't be surprised if there a fix for the trunk too. Youtube is the first place I go these days when something needs fixing.
comment by jjoohhnn on Dec 12, 2018 4:20 PM ()
Yep, I too have learned to check online for others with similar problems. But it wasn't the hood latch -- it was the lever inside the car that disconnected from the cable. I tried to release the hood manually but couldn't reach anything with a screwdriver (as someone in a video had done). Not to mention that my hands are not good with tools.
reply by drmaus on Dec 12, 2018 9:16 PM ()

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