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What is the worst thing that ever happened to your vehicle during a long road trip? ~

Posted - July 14

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  • 12862
    Burned out a wheel bearing.
    Christmas Eve, 2014. My mother lay dying in a palliative care hospital in Springwood, about 70 miles west of Sydney. The trip from Adelaide is a little over 1000 miles.  Just past halfway, the car felt a little "off", but there was no possibility of stopping, the likelihood of any accommodation being vacant, or repairs being possible, in any of the country towns along the way was next to nothing at that time of year and I couldn't risk any delay before I'd told her goodbye. By the time I got to the hospital the car was shaking violently every time I turned left.
    After hours on Christmas Eve (a Wednesday). No mechanic services open, no hire car services open, after seeing Mum (unable to speak and heavily sedated, but she did press my hand faintly - a herculean effort) I called the NRMA. They told me I had to leave the car where it was, they'd tow it to a mechanic on the following Monday - the family and I had to catch a train to St Clair (a rough area in Sydney's outer west), in which was the nearest motel with a 3 day vacancy, until a hire car would become available on Saturday.
    The accommodation and temporary car hire was covered (it pays to have premium membership in my state's auto association, I only had to pay for fuel), the repairs weren't. Neither was a new bearing available before New Year, I couldn't wait that long so I had to settle for a used one. Over $1000, mostly labour.
      July 14, 2021 8:15 PM MDT
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  • 44066

     

      Thank you. 

      (What does NRMA stand for, please?)
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      July 14, 2021 10:24 PM MDT
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  • 12862
    National Roads and Motorists Association - a misnomer, they're not even close to "national" as they only operate in the state of New South Wales, but premium membership in South Australia's Royal Automobile Association gives reciprocal priveileges. Roadside assistance with minor repairs, and temporary accommodation/car hire if your car breaks down more than 200km from home, among other things.
      July 16, 2021 8:40 PM MDT
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  • 37747
    1. Interstate 10, FL. The ignition points in the distributor closed, thus no spark was created for the plugs. Loose screws. I fixed it with a screwdriver.
    2. Alternator failure in a thunderstorm on a Sunday. I found an auto parts store just closing up. He gave me a break and sold me one. Replaced it in the rain.
      July 14, 2021 8:21 PM MDT
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  • 12862
    I had the points fuse in my VW Beetle - and in replacing them, discovered a need for a gadget I didn't own, ie feeler gauges. Luckily my debit card was the right thickness.
      July 16, 2021 8:43 PM MDT
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  • 37747
    I always carried a tool box in the trunk (boot) I could fix nearly everything.
      July 17, 2021 7:56 AM MDT
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  • 8377
    I left it home.  Poor thing "cried" oil for months, and the battery just... died.
      July 14, 2021 9:13 PM MDT
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  • 630
    The Chauffeur had to keep stopping  to get more booze. This post was edited by ONeg-84 at July 15, 2021 7:10 AM MDT
      July 14, 2021 9:32 PM MDT
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  • 44066

     

      No Grey Poupon?





    ~

      July 14, 2021 9:35 PM MDT
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  • 630
    Thanks for a lot for making me feel old, I remember that commercial.  ???? This post was edited by ONeg-84 at July 15, 2021 7:10 AM MDT
      July 14, 2021 9:39 PM MDT
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  • 44066

     

      Oh, sorry. I should’ve used a more recent commercial:



    ~

      July 14, 2021 10:35 PM MDT
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  • 630
    Yeah, that one too. Where has time gone?
      July 14, 2021 10:42 PM MDT
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  • 44066

     

      Wait, I’m not finished yet:


    ~

      July 14, 2021 10:44 PM MDT
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  • 630
    Wow, am not that old.  At least I was born after the black n white tv era.  
      July 14, 2021 10:47 PM MDT
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  • 2449
    The only time I had a problem on a road trip when I had to stop at a motorcycle shop in South Dakota to have the front tire of my motorcycle changed. My friend and I were on our way to the Sturgis motorcycle rally. It took only a couple of hours so it wasn't much of an inconvenience. We covered a lot of miles and saw some beautiful scenery. :)
      July 14, 2021 10:21 PM MDT
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  • 14961
    Fuel pump...Grand Canyon. 

    This post was edited by Thriftymaid at July 22, 2021 2:20 PM MDT
      July 15, 2021 6:22 AM MDT
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  • BB

    357
    The generator stopped working while I was driving on a foggy night over a mountain pass.  The lights quit working so I drove with the drivers side door open enough to see the line down the middle of the road.  It was the only way not to go over a cliff.  The fog was so dense I could not see the side of the road for a safe place to pull over. 
      July 16, 2021 1:12 PM MDT
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  • 27173
    I had an engine throw a rod on a trip. We sold the entire car to the junk yard for $10


    This post was edited by my2cents at July 22, 2021 2:20 PM MDT
      July 22, 2021 2:09 PM MDT
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