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Jeep woes

October 2, 2008 - Cindy Votruba
Last week I went to visit my family for the first time since Easter weekend. Yeah, I know...I should see my parents a little more often, but with gas prices the way they are and driving a vehicle that gets only 16 miles to the gallon, it can get a little costly. (and of course, a trip to Half Price Books in Maplewood can be a little costly as well).

But anyways, my trusty Jeep Cherokee needed an oil change and a new serpentine belt. I decided to get both done at the Express Lube in New Richmond, Wis. (where the folks live). My mom, and of course, my dad, felt I shouldn’t have gotten the belt done at the same place. Changing a belt is basically regular maintenance, so I figured you can’t screw it up too much.

I came back to Marshall Friday afternoon. I was doing an errand and had turned on the air conditioner and started to drive out of a parking lot when I heard a squeal. Realizing the squeal came from my vehicle, I could just hear my parents saying “I told you so,” thinking it was the belt.

So I go to Lockwood’s to get the belt looked at. I had shut off the Jeep, went into the service area and we were all going to check it out. Go to restart the Jeep and it wouldn’t start. The battery finally decided to conk out. Fortunately I was at Lockwood’s and not on the road between New Richmond and Marshall. (I had stopped three times along the way). I got a new battery, but the squeal turned out to be a failing water pump. Yea. I was told not to “drive out of town” (well essentially don’t go to Mankato). That was taken care of on Tuesday.

And hopefully, I won’t have to do any more repairs for a while.


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