First, some minor car trouble. A worrisome “bup, bup” in the right rear wheel area when going slowly over small bumps. The kind of noise a wheel makes when the lug nuts are not tight, or something else is just starting to get loose.
Yes I took the wheel off, tightened everything I could get a wrench on, and put it all back together plenty snug. No there was no change in symptoms.
And the cruise control just quit working one day. I found one associated part (a vacuum pump) that was making a noise it hadn’t made before and figured that was the problem. It’s a dealer-only part, so I ordered one and installed it. No, that didn’t fix it.
So this afternoon I took my commute-to-work Mazda Protégé (9 years old with only 163,000 miles on it) to the dealer’s service department. I’m betting on at least $600 to fix both problems. Any takers?
THEN, (I hope you’re ready for this), Carol called me today while trying to print out some wedding invitations she has created for our friend Ruth. They’re gorgeous, with a golfing motif and a picture of Ruth and her fiancé standing together on the golf course.
The problem? Our nearly-brand-new photo printer (an Epson, NOT the HP all-in-one that was giving me problems a month or two ago) had printed about half the invitations when it suddenly started refusing to feed paper.
It’s like the paper just got a little too slick for the pick-up rollers to grab. The printer would try twice to grab the paper, and then an error message would pop up telling me there was a paper jam. We kept clearing the error and trying again; over and over.
We managed to get 5 more printed before it just refused to allow any more paper to feed in.
We had been using heavy matte paper, so I cancelled that print job and tried printing a little text on a sheet of plain old copy paper. No problem – that worked like a champ.
Back to the matte paper. No go. This printer is supposed to be able to handle light and heavy stock, including matte, glossy, semi-gloss, one-sided, two-sided, and more.
I told Carol the paper may be too dry. She used her steam iron to heat up the leading edge just slightly. It worked!!
So now I’m sitting here watching as each sheet finishes printing and Carol rushes in with the next one, fresh from the ironing board. It’s all I can do not to make some snide comments, but she DOES have a hot iron in the other room and I don’t want to press my luck.
But somewhere, I fear, the “C” is laughing its a** off at the two of us right now.