"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of — throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself."
Imagine yourself as a living car. My friends and mechanics come in to fix the car. At first, perhaps you'll understand, you needed that transmission fluid and the oil change. It was obvious that those needed to be done so that's okay. But then they start to mess around with the air filter and cleaning out the whole system, causing you to cough and sputter for hours on end. They took away your lifelong battery friend and replaced it with a slighter shorter battery. Why on earth would they think this would make you better? The reason is that we aren't just fixing you up to run at a mediocre level, but we are making you into an efficient, top performing vehicle that we plan to drive for years to come.
Okay, maybe not quite the same.The mechanic called today. They were able to change the Serpentine belt, but the real problem lies in the crank position sensors. Turns out that there was a recall, when this recall was I have no clue...I hope it was recently so I don't seem like a moron.
So I call the Nissan Dealership and while I'm on the phone with them the mechanic calls back. Tires need replacing (only three though...I guess getting that new one a few years ago might save me a little money for the time being). So I called them back, they are going to put new tires on today and get back to me, I have an 8:15 a.m. appointment at the Nissan Dealership on Monday to drop of my car to get the Crank Position Sensors replaced...so hopefully I can pick up my car today (or at least pay for it and get it tomorrow) and drop it off Monday morning.
All in all, not bad. Surprisingly I'm not all that worried about it. Even though in the end the only problem might have been getting the crank position sensors replaced (for free) along the way I got the oil change, the transmission working properly, found out my battery was dying and got a new one, found out the serpentine belt was cracking and got a new one, got new tires, cleaned out the air filtration system (none of that stuff was free) but I learned a lot about my car. Once everything is done I can again drive it with confidence and not have that feeling that I am going to get stuck in some parking lot, or on the side of the road. Just in time for a nice long drive to Ohio.