Subject: Re: Sunday 8th broken car (LONG)
Date: Monday, October 08, 2007 10:42 PM
This afternoon, Sunday, was General Conference.
I went to the noon broadcast. At 2 PM the broadcast
let out, and I went out to the truck. Called my
parents, and see what they are doing. We decided
to go to dinner after the 6 pm broadcast, so we
would have plenty of time to sit and eat.
I felt a very gentle prompting to go to the Scott
and Judy's house. I drove over there, and knocked
on the door. No one answered, so I pulled out the
cell and called. Bethany called up to Scott, who
came down to open the door. We then went upstairs
where he was watching TV. He, and Seanie (4) were
watching the LDS television on the set, there was
a show on the church's expansion in Africa and India,
and also the humanitarian aid program.
Telephone rang again. Bethany called up the stairs,
the phone was for Scott. he asnswered, and finds out
that Judy's car had broken down, and that they (Judy
and Gwen) need mechanical help. He asked some questions,
aparently three of the lugs had come off, and he
suspects broken studs.
We got coats, and such. Decided to take my Blazer
to my place to pick up the needed tools.
We went first to an auto parts store, and bought
five studs, and five lugs. On the way, I was told
that he'd had a prompting that they should not go.
Told them, but they went anyway.
We got to my house, and loaded two jacks, and the
impact wrench and generator. And some other small
tools. A blanket for seanie, figuring he
would get cold later. Unload some stuff out of the
Blazer. Unload the vacuum cleaner, and the propane
I looked at the map, and found the best route.
We talked food, and I thought there was a McD
along there some where. We did see the golden
arches in the distance. We stopped for dinner at
McD in a town beore Interlaken. Scott and I had
quarter combos, and Seanie got a burger happy
meal. He ate less than half his burger. Scott
says sometimes Seanie gets ketchup only.
We got there. They said the front
end was shaking around. They stopped at a garage
to ask about it, and the guy would not let them
go on. They used cell phone to call Scott
at the house. Right on the north edge of
Interlaken. The gas station was closed. We jacked
up the front, and pulled the two remaining lugs.
Three studs had sheared off. We realized that we
needed an allen wrench to get the caliper apart,
and didn't have one with me. I had two in my red
tool box that was back home, in the van. Since
we had Seanie, I drove the Blazer, which has more
seats. The van would not have had a safety seat
for Seanie. Though, the van would have had the
Lesson is to bring the red auto repair tool box
when going to fix autos.
I looked through my tools which I had in the
Blazer. I had a few combination wrenches, wire
brush, and some other odd tools. No 3/8 allen
wrench. I did have an allen wrench set that folds
out like a pocket knife. Didn't think any of them
was the right size, so I didn't try them.
Fortuantely, I had seen the sign for an atuto
parts store in the town just north of us, less than
five miles away. I went and didn't find them. I
stopped at the ambulance base, there was a fellow
there mopping out the ambulance floor. He says the
parts store had moved. The store closed at 3, the
Napa Auto Parts closed at noon on Sunday.
Went back to the car, and we tried to get the bolts
out with vise grips. Got one out, but the other was
rusted in. I got the propane torch out of the Blazer.
That wasn't enough heat to loosen the threads.
Finally I had to go buy tools. Ithaca was closer
than Geneva. There was a detour, and it took a
long time to get there. I found a Lowe's, and
decided to stop in there. The store hours were
white paint, on clear glass. It was impossible to
read the store hours from more than about four
feet away. Closed.
Went then to the Walmart, and went to the tools
section. I threw a Mapp torch in my basket, and
then went to look for allen keys. I got two sets,
one was L shaped allen wernches, and the othe one
was tips for socket wrench. I also got a cheap
socket set, and two extra socket ratchet handles.
And a deep socket set in half inch drive. I
called Gwen on the cell, and asked if there was
anything else needed. She asked Scott, who said
no. I asked if the gals or Seanie needed a Pepsi
or anything. Gwen came back to the phone and said
"Just get us home." The tools came to about $105
with the tax.
The return trip, I took the truck detour, which
went way out. route 79 west, and then 120 north,
and finally got back to 96. passed the sign for a
small town, and wasn't sure if I'd gone too far.
I got out the map, and I was between Trumansburg,
and Interlaken. I couldn't rememer which town was
it. the sprit said to keep going north, and so I
did. And finally found them on the edge of
Back to the broken car, the allen wench tip did
the job, the other bolt came out. The caliper came
off with minimal problems. The studs pounded out.
we pushed in the new studs as best possible, beat
them in with the hammer. I needed a pin punch. I'd
brought a cold chisel which did the job. Put the
wheel on, and Scott tightened them down with the
breaker bar, I sensed he over torqued, not knowing
that it's really easy to over torque with a two
foot breaker bar. Oh, well.
Judy had them all load into the station wagon, she
was driving. I ased if Scott might ride with me, as
it would be nice to have company. We were able
to discuss the car repair, and sure did help forge
We had decided to go a while, and then check lug
tightness, in case the studs han't bottomed out. We
stopped at a gas station, checked lug tightness. They
were all tight.
Judy walked over to me, and asked if I wanted to
go through Waterloo or Geneva. Since Geneva was
closer to home, I chose that. Figured it was less
distance. We took 96A into Geneva, which went right
past the road to the Seneca Lake camp turn off.
At that gas station, there was a McD, and we stopped
to wash our hands. They had a bit to eat, and Seanie
wanted a small chocoalte shake, which he started to
sip through a straw. I had food and drink in the
We got back into the cars, and headed back Scott
and I decided to retorque the lugs some other date,
the girls wanted to get home. We stopped at the
Coastal gas station near my home. Scott got went
into their family car. I headed home.
Christopher A. Young