Well Ma'am.....only 72, you are still a young lady and seem to be doing just fine....taking care of your aunt, emailing us, the car. It gets squirrely for all of us at times.
I don't' know where you are taking it, the name of the place so I can not say if they are doing you okay or not. However, from what you say, it sure makes me uncomfortable for the things going on.
I suggest talking to the Better Business Bureau and getting a few names of some very reputable auto repair places. Then, I would talk to a couple of the local churches to find out a few names of some auto mechanic shops from people that attend the church and check some references. Then use them if you have too. Again, the shop you take it to may be okay, but it sure sounds funny. I suggest going somewhere else.
You are right, oil, belts all normal. The other things, wow, just seem like a lot all of a sudden. Do you have any children that live near?
When they said the scream was the belt from coolant squirting on it, where was it squirting from?
Now just a couple of things. Is it still hard to start when you take a short trip like to the post office?
Does it still get hot with or without the AC running?
Do you have an Auto Zone or an O'Reilly's in the town you are? If you are not sure, if you provide me with your City, State and Zip I can locate one for you and some of these checks you may have to do are free.
Please put all other answers to my questions on the normal post. Your City, State and Zip please look under my name, I have attached the pic for you to refer to, if you click on the PM where the arrow is pointing you can provide the City, State and Zip to me there. The reason for this is our posts are open to everyone to read, learn from and possible help repair their cars. When we ask for more private information to keep your identity protected, we ask you to use the PM. That is a private message that only goes to me and is not posted for others to see.
Provide the above information and we can see from there.
Thursday, November 13th, 2008 AT 8:09 PM