This has been a monumentally bad car week.
I had the tires rotated before my vacation with my sister. Five kids and two adults in one minivan for a week requires a fully working vehicle.
Once we hit the road, it was obvious the balancing job was not complete - the steering shimmied at high speeds...worse when braking (suggesting rotors and new pads are needed).
Then, the engine light came on. One day of vacation down to sit in a Honda dealership - $100 for diagnostics, $200 for a new valve, and $200 for service charges equals $500 lost plus one precious vacation day.
On the way home,with my three in the car and in the middle of the night, I blew a tire on the highway. Yes, I suppose that I could have changed it (I haven't done that for years, though).
I called AAA and lost about 45 minutes and a $15 tip. Drove home on the nickel spare.
This morning - one hour and $472 for four new tires (ya couldn't have mentioned my bald tires a week ago?).
Bad car, bad.