It's not just about saving money, although that is part of it. I enjoy learning about, and tackling mechanical issues. I get satisfaction out of figuring out solutions to problems and putting them into action. I also get satisfaction from having tools that allow me to complete a task. For instance, when I needed a wrench to tighten that brake line, I had it, and it was an easy fix. Without that, I likely would have needed a tow to a shop, rented a car, lost half a day at work, and be inconvenienced for a day or two.I said it once, I'll say it again, I hate working on automobiles! I will now gladly pay a mechanic for auto repair and major maintenance, because I've done my fill of auto repair and maintenance. Poppy, I don't blame you for taking that car to a shop, I would have from the get go--no Rock Auto Parts order. But, I understand trying to save money, and having to do as much as you can on your own. My greasy fingerprints are on several Chilton manuals.
The auto repair shops around here are so backed up, one has a two week backlog, and another three days before they could even look at it.