I am reallydepressed. Last Friday I left my home near Ft. Bragg NC to drive to Delaware. I was on my way to New Jersey for my Aunts Funeral. I was stopping in my hometown of Newark to see my cousin and a few friends and sleep. The funeral was on Saturday. Incidentally, Saturday was my Birthday and its the 2nd time I had to go a funeral on it, so my birthdays usuakky suck. (the first was my mothers)
I stopped in philadelphia early saturday morning to pick up 2 relatives that needed a ride. I have a 2007 Jeep Wrangler. I bought it new and it only has 23k miles on it. Actually 23137. Why because I have a short commute to work and I doin’t drive to places I don’t need to go to. I don’t go off roading in it. Honestly, even the local dealership in NC told me it was like new last time it was serviced.
But on the way back to Philly every time I hit an uneven patch if road on the highway it shook and rattled violently. I told my cousin I’d have it looked at before I went back to NC. On my way back to my motel in Newark, DE it happened again. I had to pull over and the shaking stopped. Started dribving again… steering felt funny…hit a bump, it started shaking and rocking again. Ok, now I’m thinking I’m only a few miles from Wilmington. I can get off of the highway and find a garage, or try to take an alternate non-interstate highway route to Newark. But just when I’m almost to Exit 5 it happens again. A guy in another jeep signals for me to pull over and he “blocked” the 70 MPH traffic enough for me to do so.
He says he saw my wheels shaking and we took a look…the “arm” that holds the suspension onto the front axles (I’m no mechanic) had snapped. A clean break, too. So here I am, in Dress Blues, stranded on 495. I call Daimler Chyslers 800 roadside assistance number. Hey, its free if the vehicle has less than 36000 miles on it and I had at that moment only 23,137 miles. But its also 36 months and I’ve owned it for about 38 months. So I gotta pay 87 bucks to get towed. I called my good friend Scotty who dropped everything he was doing with his two sons and came to get me.
Had Jeep towed to dealership in Newark. They said the repairs would cost around 3400 bucks! (this was yesterday…by the time we got back to Newark it was 7pm on a saturday and obviously the service dept. doesn’t work on sunday). But (and God Bless him) Scotty pointed out to the mechanics theres not even a scratch on the brush guard or any other part underneath the car so its not like I off roaded it, or abused the vehicle in anyway. The suspension arm or whatever its called was defective…it just BROKE. I had the car inspected less than a month ago for registration and it only has 23,137 miles on it AFTER FOUR YEARS. And I hated to play the military card on them, but becaiuse of the crap going on right now and the fact that I’m the NCOIC of my shop I have to get back tro Bragg as soon as possible,
The mechanic talked to his boss and they agreed to fix it (which involves replacing the axle I’m told) for 600 bucks. Thats not chump change and I’m a bit hurt for money currently, but its better than 3400. Still it will be the end of the week before its done. So now I’m stuck in this mean ol’ town…so far away from you…I mean my wife and home and cats. Sorry startled channeling Dire Straits.
I want to go home. Yes, Newark is my hometown, but I haven’t lived here for 20 years. My friends that still live in the area have families and jobs of their own so I have nothing to do and nowhere to go (or a way to get there) all day in this cheap motel. Not to mention I don’t have a lot of money since I need to pay the dealewrship and for gas/tolls to get home.
So Im kinda sad and depressed, lonely and frustrated. This was the shittiest birthday ever.