Our serpentine belt
We finally got the van loaded up and on the road to the valley earlier this afternoon (two hours later than intended)…just 20 miles outside Sisters into no-man’s land, hubby heard a snap and noticed the alternator light came on.
Do NOT keep driving if your belt snapped! Besides losing power steering, we weren’t getting battery charge. The engine was overheated at rapid rate as the belt spins the AC compressor, alternator, water pump and power steering. We thought it was going to explode! Hubby wanted to keep driving…I had to knock some mega sense into him to get him turned around. It’s that woman’s intuition. He managed to turn the van around without power steering to first gas station in sight.
At first, the mechanic said he was overloaded with deadlines to help on Friday afternoon. After calling around for a place to fix our crisis for 45 minutes, waiting for the engine to cool, having our 10-year-old put on supposedly a sad face (the word supposedly)
the mechanic had a sudden change of heart and came for the rescue
He did a little magic, got parts ordered and delivered within an hour…$250 later…the van was good enough to be driven to the valley. It’s scheduled for further assessment on Monday while in the valley for more damages. From what I read now, the 10-minute limped driving causes near 10,000 miles worth of wear on the engine. This is an expensive trip. How’s the saying go? When it rains, it pours?
Lesson? Make sure I keep the following things in the car
- 1. Road Flares
- 2. Water (check)
- 3. Cell phone (check)
- 4. Flash light (check)
- 5. Reflectors
- 6. Jumper cables (check)
- 7. Umbrella (not that it rains just to block the heat – check)
- 8. A hand held game for the kids (check)
- 9. First Aid kit with blanket (check)
- 10. Sturdy pair of sneakers (in the event I have to walk – check)
- And of course the basics…tire, iron jack, spare tire (full size not a donut) oil, anti-freeze.
Today was very difficult, stressful, infuriating, upsetting, and bittersweet. The night is lovely, quiet, and cool. I’m thankful we are alive, safe, and well. I am closing my eyes and dreaming of somewhere I’d like to be. Maybe Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, West Indies, Key West, or Australia. No matter where that place might be for you, I hope you get there this weekend…even if it’s only in your dream.
And this is what got me through the unexpected ordeal and kept me calm.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…)