So I only spent about an hour and a half at the service department. They diagnosed the problem as – ready for it? – two sensors. So I’m taking the car back in next Tuesday to get them installed.
That’ll be five-hundred bucks. And if that doesn’t work, it might mean my catalytic converter needs fixin’ — that’ll be thirteen hundred bucks. Oh, and did you know you needed new tires? Four Michelin for eight hundred. How much of a rube do I look like?*
I had those sensors replaced over the summer, unfortunatly, what I didn’t know was that if I had them replaced more than thirty days before I got my emissions test, I wouldn’t qualify for the waiver. So, while I’m kicking myself for being stupid last summer, I also know that if I replace these sensors (again) and get the car tested, I’ve probably got a pretty good chance at getting an MVA emissions repair waiver. I hope so, anyway.
As for the catalytic converter — fuck it. If I can get my car through emissions without fixing it, that’s what I’ll do. As best as I can tell, the only thing fixing the converter is going to do will be to turn off the stupid ‘check engine light.’ I’ve been driving with that light on for most of the time I’ve had the car – I think I’ll live, particularly if it’s going to cost thirteen hundred bucks to turn off.
(More and more, I kind of wish my insurance company had totalled my car last October. Then I wouldn’t be worrying about this right now, y’know?)
And as for the tires? One thing I expect about doing what I do is that I go through stuff rather quick — I’ll run through a set of tires in about a year, and I think it’s been a little over that (maybe by as much as three or four months) since I last outfitted my car with new “shoes”, so it isn’t an expense I wasn’t expecting. But I spent $600 on tires in my Jeep. For 30″ off-road tires. I’m not spending $800 for 14″. I already stopped by the Padonia Road Goodyear and they’re going to call me when the non-name-brand stuff gets in.
*Rhetorical question, I’m a huge rube, but I’m still not spending eight-hundred bucks on tiny ass tires.