Jeep Woes

Remember a couple of weeks ago when my Honda Civic broke down? ย Well, it was finally fixed yesterday (Thank you school shop!) – however, another vehicle issue arose as soon as I got home:

 

The jeep is currently unsafe to drive

 

Huh?

That is right – the jeep is currently sitting its sorry ass in the driveway as there is a broken leaf spring – a leaf spring is used in the suspension of the jeep and this particular leaf spring is part of a lift kit that was put on the jeep last year. There are three large pieces of metal that make up the leaf spring system and the bottom piece snapped right off. So when did this happen? When I was backing out of my driveway, I heard a clang clang on the road, and saw the piece of metal on the ground. The cut point of the piece that feel was all rusted, so who knows how long I’ve been driving with it on the verge of failing. It appears that more of it broke off yesterday and now the broken part is right over the axel. The dangerous part is that the rest of the springs could fail and I could really damage the car – damage enough of it to basically destroy the jeep.

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Broken leaf spring

what it is supposed to look like - ew rust

what it is supposed to look like – ew rust

 

So – no jeep for the time being. P is supposed to phone the company who we purchased the lift kit from today to see what can be done. There is no big reason why a very clean break should have happened – we haven’t been off roading, and I drive like a Grandma.

I am pretty annoyed as this is another car concern. We were planning on buying a new car in the summer using my summer school income, so after yesterday’s events I really took a look at some new cars and the financing packages available. We will not be leasing (P drives 100Km back and forth to work every day). If I get another job contract for the fall, we will really start car shopping. P says no – but we do kind of want a more reliable car.

So there goes another car that needs to be fixed. But I guess this is what happens when you own cars that are 10+ years old……

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4 Comments

  1. Julie @ Sweetly Balanced

    Ughh that is annoying, but I guess it beats my situation of not having a car. Gotta love the subway ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      gotta love the NYC subway system! I cannot get around easily with public transit in my Ottawa suburb (we only have buses and a stupid train that just goes one way)

      Reply
  2. Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom

    Ugh! That seems to be a common theme..my parents’ car broke down recently too! I hope everything gets sorted out for you!

    Reply
    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      boo!!! Stupid cars ๐Ÿ™

      Reply

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