Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Deep deep trouble (BART)

My parents are visiting this week and without them we'd be LITERALLY stranded! Our car was wise enough to pick this week to fall completely to pieces and if my dad hadn't been here to help diagnose the problem, we'd be hurting.

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to inform you that if you own a GM vehicle made in 1995 or later, you may soon have car trouble, too. Or you may have already had it. Here is the story. For those of you who aren't clicking, (you're so stubborn!) basically GM recommends a certain kind of coolant for their vehicles, Dex-Cool. No problem, right? Sure, unless you mind the fact that the coolant acts as some weird kind of acid and eats holes in your water pump and hoses. It can even cause leaky engine gaskets. Do I really know what I'm talking about? Not especially, though I know that we're now looking at some pretty costly repairs.

Before you take your car in and shell out obscene amounts of cash, check out what you can do if you're affected here.

This concludes the Public Service Announcement for July 9, 2008. You have been warned.


Janet said...

We have a 95 Jeep, a 97 Ford, and an 87 Ford 150. The last GM car I had was a Geo. 1994. It was a good car. I traded it for the Jeep because I needed a 4WD to get up our driveway. I'm not surprised to hear this though, so when the Jeep collapses (as I know it will because it has 261,000 miles and generally they die at about 150), we'll make sure not to buy a GM vechicle. Hope you can get yours fixed soon.

Suldog said...

I have a '97 Pontiac Grand Am, which I bought used in 2002, I believe. Never had a real serious problem of any sort, but thanks for the heads-up!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Thanks for that tire-changing cartoon - I needed to see that today, as I just wrecked my right front tire.

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Oh, and thanks for blog-listing me!