Driving back to Houston from Galveston without remembering to take the car out of first gear was in retrospect a really stupid thing to do, but I did it anyway. “Your car is on fire” not words we ever want to hear. I pulled over to the side of the 610 loop and jumped out. The car immediately gasped its last breath and spilled it’s oil all over the ground. I put an engine rod through the oil pan, destroying the engine.
Sabino from the Shell station on the West Road exit off I-45 agreed to put in a new engine for $1,750 and get me going. BTW, that is after Shalom Car Service, the shop AAA towed me to, quoted $3,959 and said the tranny was blown, it was not.
While the car was being repaired, we decided to take the RV to Dallas. The RV backfired and stopped in the middle of 7 lanes of traffic on the 610 loop. When the Houston motorcycle officer pulled up next to my window, I immediately started blabbering incoherently, he looked horrified, and asked me if I could back the RV to the side of the road if he stopped traffic. After stopping 7 lanes of Houston traffic I backed the rv to the side of the road without power steering, glad I wasn’t towing the car. A battery cable had shaken loose, we were on our way in minutes after David made the repair.