Thursday, 25 January 2007

damnda

Yesterday I had to run into town to pick up a package.
Tossed the kids in the back, and was having a spirited discussion with Cass about which dinosaur could jump farther and how Spiderman could probably whip a T. Rex's hind end into submission (all those webs, you see)when the car began making a thudding noise. After hopping out and discovering that no, we didn't have a flat tire, (but it sure sounded like we did) I gave up and called for help.

My father in law put the kids in his car and I followed him (slooowly) to the closest garage in town, where after awhile I was told (with wide eyes) that the thumping noise I heard? Was my rear tire trying to fall off. Three of the five tire bolts had broken ("Probably over-torqued last time someone put tires on the car", the nice lady behind the counter said worriedly) and I was lucky the last two stems had held on as long as they did.

Bear had noticed a bit of vibration and a funny noise the last time he had driven my car (that was probably the first stem) and we had an appointment to have it given a physical, but this was completely unexpected.

And scary.

We're all okay. The car's okay. But the next funny noise the car makes? There will be more of a sense of urgency to get it in to the shop.

10 comments:

Wisconsin Crunchy Mama said...

That sounds quite scarey! Glad your FIL is close and could help you out. Glad everyone is ok!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Glad you and your kids are alright. someone was watching over you.

velcro said...

Oh boy. I am glad that the last two bolts held until you made it to a garage.

M&Co. said...

Oh that is scary. I had a case once where my client was severely injured when the lugnuts hadn't been tightened and they all came off, as well as the tire, about the time he was trying to hit highway speeds getting on the highway. Glad everyone was o.k.

Spanglish said...

That is crazy frightening, isn' it?! It certainly pays off when the car starts "talking."

MsCellania said...

YIKES glad you're all okay.
We have something weird going on w/dh's old Pathfinder. Seems bad enough that he won't let me drive it!
We should have it fixed while we're gone, but we've been too ill to get it in. *sigh*
Maybe I'll call the garage now and see if the owner can pick it up on his way to work in the morning?! I know he does this for other neighbors...

Molly said...

Scary stuff; makes me want to run out and sign up for an automotive class--we have so much trust [sometimes misplaced?] in the people who fix our cars....it would be good to have a clue ourselves,what's going on when the vehicle starts howling for help.

Sarah Louise said...

car noises are the worst!! Glad you are safe & sound!!

stay-at-home mommy said...

That's scary. :( I'm so glad that everything worked out and the tire held on long enough to get you safely to the shop.

My float said...

How lucky are you? I'm so glad it ended up well.

(Oh, the consensus here is that Spiderman could whip anyone into submission. Except Shrek of course. Shrek rules!)