Have you ever been given advice that just plain made sense? That was the case recently for me; Tuesday found me at my Knit Night, arriving in the rented PT Cruiser. After answering several ladies questions about my recent car troubles, a new lady to our group asked me a few questions then said that sounded exactly like the same problem she’d had a few years ago. She explained that when you move an older gas tank, there are small rust particles which are jostled around and can clog the fuel line filter, causing the start/stop problem I had been experiencing. She said it’s an ‘easy fix, not very expensive’, but also can be very difficult to diagnose. The next morning the car dealership called to inform me that, once again for the third day in a row, my car “Starts up just fine!” I decided that I’d about ‘had it’ in the ‘waiting for them to find the problem’ department so I told him to just change out the fuel line filter. (He probably thought I was nuts, but Hey! It was a sale, so he wasn’t saying anything.) $253.47 later, my car’s back home (same day/Wednesday), it’s running fine and I’m happy. WAS that the actual problem? I don’t know…we’ll just have to wait and see, but her advice sure made sense to me! Yes, to answer Momma’s question, the PT Cruiser was fun to drive; it hugs curves very nicely at higher speeds (as opposed to my minivan, which doesn’t). My only complaint on that vehicle is that the seats-to-pedals ratio is a little strange for those of us who have short legs; I had to get in the car and move the seat closer to the pedals to drive, then when I wanted to get out I had to move the seat back some so that my hips wouldn’t hit the steering wheel! Goofy. I loved the floor shifter; very ‘retro’, but it took my husband to figure out how to open the back hatch/gate (have to double-click the unlock button…I ended up putting all my groceries on the seats because I couldn’t get it open when I needed it!). It was a ‘fun drive’ and would be a good car for a single person or someone who didn’t need to transport more than 4 people. OH! The only other complaint I had was it’s horrible (in my opinion) on gas mileage! I drove a total of 42 miles with it, which registered at 1/8 th of a tank used. At $2.47 (9) per gallon, it cost me $10.00 for an eighth tank! In my minivan I can fill up the whole tank for $33.00 !!! (at that same price per gallon). I would sure hate to have to pay to fill THAT ONE up all the time…whew!
This week is the church youth group’s bake sale (to coincide with their garage sale), so that finds me baking up a storm. Have made brownies, multiple batches of Cranberry/Oatmeal/Walnut and Peanut Butter Cup cookies plus 6 mini loaves of Banana Nut bread and Chocolate Chip bread. The teens are going on a work/missions trip to Georgia August 8th and the monies raised will go towards their trip (that also goes along with the bottle drive, ‘fun run’ and car wash they’ve already held. I don’t mind baking and was able to snag some mini loaves of zucchini bread that one of their leaders baked (YUM!).
That about wraps it up for my adventures this week. Hope you’re having a good week!