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It's Always Something

August 14, 2022 07:32AM
I have a 2015 Toyota Camry that I bought used in 2018. It only had 32,000 miles on it, one owner... car is in great shape. I bought my son's car at a Toyota dealership and I noticed yesterday people were looking at my car in the dealership parking lot. It was tagged and with a car seat in the back, so surely they didn't think it was for sale. Anyhow, my car has just under 45,000 miles on it. Being retired I only drive it about 4,000 miles a year. It's had 4 oil changes in the last 4 years and has not given me any problems whatsoever.... until today.

I needed to go to the grocery store this morning so I got in my car which was parked in the garage. Put the key in the ignition and the engine wouldn't turn over. It just made this loud, ratchety noise which makes me think the alternator is shot. The steering wheel locked and the "check charging system" light came on. We have jumper cables, but decided not to try and jump it because the source of the problem could be the alternator or something else and all I need is to make the problem worse or get where I'm going and then I can't get home because it happens again in some store parking lot. So, I'm dead in the water. But, there's good news:

1) I bought the Toyota Certified Platinum extended warranty (7 years or 84,000 mi) when I bought my car and it's still in effect so I'll call the dealership tomorrow to find out how I'm gonna get the car to them. I also have AAA Plus and they will tow up to 100 miles if needed. The dealership is only 10 miles from me so hopefully I can get it there by Tuesday so we can get this taken care of.
2. Frank has a car so I won't be totally house bound till my car is fixed. Plus my daughter and son-in-law have cars and they are only 5 minutes away.
3) My car waited to die on me after our theft and new car purchase ordeal . It didn't die on me when we were at the city towing yard yesterday which is 27 miles from home and in a sketchy part of the city. That would have been a mess. It didn't die on me at the dealership. It made it through all that without even a hint of a problem. It's parked in my garage and will be safe and secure there till I can get it to the dealership service department.

Just when I think I can catch my breath, something else comes along. Like Roseann Rosannadanna used to say, "It's always something".


  Kia, Hyundai, and Thieves

MamaRAMa318August 08, 2022 07:14AM

  You couldn't be more right...

JamesJM118August 08, 2022 07:19AM

  I just saw a story about that..

sstrams212August 08, 2022 07:42AM

  I hate a thief! I never REALLY understood till my house got cleaned out back in 1993

Ramgator127August 08, 2022 10:04AM

  How to treat a Thief... Remember the movie "Casino"???

Ramgator141August 08, 2022 10:07AM

  Now that's how you stop a thief..

sstrams115August 08, 2022 10:17AM

  Re: Kia, Hyundai, and Thieves

canadaram149August 09, 2022 06:07AM

  Tried buying a vehicle lately?

MamaRAMa155August 09, 2022 09:29AM

  Not sure about Missouri... but here in Calif....

JamesJM143August 09, 2022 09:41AM

  Same in Texas..

sstrams188August 09, 2022 09:49AM

  A few years ago....

JamesJM212August 09, 2022 09:52AM

  Yeah, I get that..

sstrams131August 09, 2022 10:38AM

  If ANY car maker, like GM or any of them sink again, I hope there is NO bail out.

Ramgator94August 09, 2022 12:33PM

  Same story up here.

canadaram259August 09, 2022 07:05PM

  I found a car! Attachments

MamaRAMa125August 10, 2022 10:12AM


sstrams198August 10, 2022 10:43AM

  Wonderful! That is a dream scenario for buying pre-owned

canadaram280August 10, 2022 01:12PM


canadaram123August 10, 2022 02:54PM

  that's great......happy for you guys nm

21Dog155August 10, 2022 03:51PM

  Most used cars have lower mileage than expected

waterfield129August 15, 2022 10:01AM

  Re: Most used cars have lower mileage than expected

MamaRAMa200August 15, 2022 10:13AM

  I'll buy it Tony!!!

ferragamo7975September 03, 2022 02:10PM

  An amazing coincidence...

JamesJM133August 09, 2022 09:17AM

  Re: An amazing coincidence...

MamaRAMa143August 09, 2022 09:34AM

  I think you're right...

JamesJM151August 09, 2022 09:43AM

  Stolen car has been found

MamaRAMa154August 12, 2022 09:27AM

  I saw a story last night..

sstrams108August 12, 2022 10:57AM

  Re: I saw a story last night..

MamaRAMa153August 12, 2022 11:11AM


sstrams259August 12, 2022 12:08PM

  Re: Stolen car has been found

canadaram102August 12, 2022 04:06PM

  my stolen vehicle story

21Dog114August 13, 2022 05:33AM

  Ok, here's mine:

sstrams112August 13, 2022 06:06AM

  Re: Stolen car has been found

MamaRAMa236August 13, 2022 11:38AM

  Re: Stolen car has been found

canadaram175August 13, 2022 01:33PM

  Pics at towing yard Attachments

MamaRAMa147August 15, 2022 07:48AM

  I would sit and stare at that..

sstrams121August 15, 2022 09:29AM

  Re: Pics at towing yard

canadaram142August 16, 2022 04:37AM


MamaRAMa79August 30, 2022 06:08AM

  Glad you're wrapping it up..

sstrams75August 30, 2022 06:45AM

  That’s some good news..

canadaram79September 02, 2022 02:23AM

  It's Always Something

MamaRAMa191August 14, 2022 07:32AM

  someone can correct me, but......

21Dog203August 14, 2022 07:42AM

  Re: someone can correct me, but......

MamaRAMa104August 14, 2022 08:59AM

  Sure sounds like a starter to me (nm)

JamesJM143August 14, 2022 09:57AM

  If she can find the the starter..

sstrams152August 14, 2022 09:58AM

  Re: If she can find the the starter..

21Dog114August 14, 2022 10:24AM

  Yup, good advice... BUT...

JamesJM101August 14, 2022 10:27AM

  Re: Yup, good advice... BUT...

MamaRAMa102August 14, 2022 10:37AM

  Well, just keep in mind..

sstrams87August 14, 2022 11:23AM

  I'm in like Flint

MamaRAMa110August 15, 2022 12:58PM

  Yeah, the red..

sstrams83August 15, 2022 01:34PM

  Re: Yeah, the red..

MamaRAMa87August 15, 2022 01:55PM

  I need to read your posts better haha..

sstrams188August 15, 2022 02:37PM

  Actually it's the solenoid that can get stuck up......

roman18165August 15, 2022 06:48AM

  Can't remember when the changeover occurred...

JamesJM107August 15, 2022 12:27PM

  You need so much more torque now.....

roman18202August 15, 2022 01:55PM

  Re: You need so much more torque now.....

MamaRAMa101August 15, 2022 01:58PM

  Yeah, Jet ski batteries BLOW these days, as well..

sstrams95August 15, 2022 02:39PM

  Never had any watercraft.....

roman18100August 15, 2022 03:14PM

  Not 100% sure..

sstrams98August 15, 2022 03:34PM

  Is it just fast clicking sounds? Like a ratchet spinning?

sstrams105August 14, 2022 07:58AM


canadaram131August 14, 2022 03:18PM

  As I type this, our Morning News show is doing a story on this.

Ramgator89August 17, 2022 02:38AM

  Re: As I type this, our Morning News show is doing a story on this.

MamaRAMa101August 17, 2022 05:48AM

  You left out one big one.

Ramgator91August 17, 2022 08:46AM

  Re: You left out one big one.

MamaRAMa94August 17, 2022 09:00AM

  Doh! Looked right past that! EXACTLY....

Ramgator87August 17, 2022 10:33AM

  I don't feel violated... I get pissed...

JamesJM98August 17, 2022 01:55PM

  Yeah, they always ask that..

sstrams90August 17, 2022 10:13AM

  Clint asked THE question, IMO..

Ramgator148August 17, 2022 10:38AM