January 6, 2010
The week before Christmas, I got into my 2002 Ford Taurus and heard a noise under my car that sounded like someone hit it with a sledge hammer. As I drove (slowly), I could hear a rubbing sound. I got out and looked and my passenger back tire was leaning in. I called road service (and waited seven hours in the cold) and the tow trick driver told me that I had a broken spring. It was towed to my regular repair shop. I had to replace both rear springs and both struts - $750.00. Well, two days ago, I went to back out of my daughter's garage and I heard an awful screeching noise from my front end. I drove back in and found I had a flat passenger front tire, and there was a piece of coil lying on the garage floor. It had broken and punctured a hole in the back side wall of the tire. It is currently in the shop and will need both front springs done, with struts, and front end allignment and a new tire. Probably another $750.00 or more. I am going to drive this car only until Spring and I will be trading it for, probably, a Toyota. I believe in buying American, but this is why The Big Three are tanking. They don't stand by you when there is an obvious problem. I just praise God that I was where I could get help both times and not on the highway at high speed.