Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Talk About Luck!

I went out to the garage to go to a doctor appointment, I started the car and tried to put the van in gear. The gear shift was free floating. No reverse. No drive. No nothing.

Called Triple A. Called to cancel Dr. appt.  Called Ford garage.

The tow truck was to be here in about an hour.

Came back in the house and the tow truck appeared. He wondered how he would get it out. He would be dragging the tires.

He got underneath and found a plastic connector had slipped off the cable to the gear shift. Put it back on. It worked!

Then he followed me to the garage, came in and explained it to the service guy better than I could. I can't praise AAA enough right now.

I got a ride home in their complimentary car. We got a call an hour later. No parts till tomorrow and that will be $500 please.

We were lucky we weren't in traffic somewhere. Also lucky that we can afford it - although there go the big bucks we were going to put in the savings this month.


  1. Oh my! I'm so glad you were home when it happened and not stranded somewhere. That's a lot of money for probably a small part. Probably mostly labor? I'm sorry my friend. Vehicles cause me a lot of anxiety that I try to contain. I'm always afraid of a breakdown in the middle of nowhere...even though it's never happened to me yet.
    I'm glad you had such a great AAA guy to help you. What a blessing for you.

    1. Yes, it was amazing. We are very thankful that it happened the way it did. The part did not come in on Thursday so we hope to get the van back on Friday

  2. I suppose it could have been much worse. Glad you were not in traffic when the part came off:(