Thanks to the Facebook connection with Barry, a mechanic who works at Thoroughbred Nissan, the Ken Carr has been repaired.
My worries about extensive and expensive damage due to pack rats wasn't the problem. There was a pack rat that ate some of the firewall insulation under the hood, but the rat didn't do any damage to the electrical systems. It turned out that the car needed a new set of spark plug wires and spark plugs, and an ignition coil replaced. $138.30 in parts and the car is running fine again. He was so kind to not charge me anything for labor even though I tried to give him money and even beer.
I just need to go get the car a smog check tomorrow and the registration paid for and I'm all set for a while (hopefully). I hadn't had a chance to go get the smog check before the car broke down. The registration is only a few days late so the late fee won't be that much extra.
I fully expected $1,000 or more in repairs. I don't know why I'm so fortunate that it worked out the way I did, but I'm really really grateful.
Barry, you are nominated for sainthood. At least on the Kentastic world!
|Here's Barry the saint fixing the Ken Carr car|
I'm back in business!