When we did the oil change this fall in Bend were told the of the car just hit 35,000 miles, and needed a lot of work. We had to perform the 30,000 maintenance, for the 2010 CRV, that was only the transmission fluid. Because it is three years old, we also had to have new bake fluid. Honda of Bend Oregon gave us a seven mile long laundry list that came to $900.00, I was waiting to do it, because I did not have $900.00. Not having $900 was a great thing, as when the car was being bad this weekend I pulled the manual and the only required 30,ooo mile maintenance is to drain and fill the transmission fluid, and at three years replace the brake fluid. Hey Bend Honda, why are you doing trying to sell me all that unnecessary work? Honda in Bend Oregon will no longer get my business. With all this on hold, we head to Firestone in El Cajon, Ca.
I was expecting to drop a big bill, and for them to tell me world would end if I did not do this that and the other thing. What actually happened, we arrived with a coupon for a new starting battery for $89.00 normally mine is $125. A brake job coupon for $99.00 I told the service guy I wanted a transmission drain and fill, (NOT A FLUSH, a flush voids the Honda warranty), and I wanted the brake fluid replaced. This would bring me up to date on the car maintenance. I asked for High performance rotors, so that I would not have to worry about warpage a premature failure. We walked to the restaurant “Cocos” for breakfast while they dealt with the car.
While at the restaurant to power failed, just as they were setting the food on our table. So we had a nice quiet meal in the dark. After about an hour we paid for breakfast, and walked back to Firestone. There power was out there too, and our car was peacefully setting up on the air lift. The service adviser showed us that we had no linings left on the rear brakes. The rear rotors as I had suspected were destroyed from the lining being gone and carving out the metal on the rotor. He said the rotors on the rear don’t often warp, and talked me into buying less expensive rotors. We bought a mid grade for about $50, out of shop, that seemed fair. The down side was we would have to wait for the power to be restored. So we told him we would take a walk. He told us the area was a boring and not the very best part of town to walk in. So we took a walk.
We tried to cross the street, but the traffic lights were out, flashing red lights. The cars confused me so I just walked out there, thinking that since I was in the cross walk they would stop. They don’t like stop very much, they just go around you, going around is good I guess. The power company was working in the ground, it had filled with water, which caused the power to go out. They had a nice man with a stop sign caught up with us and walked with us across the street. He was wearing bright green vest and holding up the big sign, the cars mostly but reluctantly stopped for him. The cars were in a hurry to get some where, and where ever they were going, it must have been important too. I was trying to find a bathroom and go to harbor freight. The bathroom had some urgency for sure, but harbor freight, I just like going there, it is like a toy store to me.
We found the strangest thing. We found a grocery store, thought we could use the bathroom there, so we went in. Kind of remind me of the food coop our friend Paul goes to. (Paul, We miss you this Christmas. Come to LA so we can see you). The store is small, has a narrow and shallow inventory, clean, and very high prices. You have to have a heavily loaded bank card and not need much to buy here. When we found the bathrooms, they needed a quarter to open the door. Glad only Athena and Sarah needed to go, they could get in on one-quarter. We also needed a loaf of bread so we found one we could pay for and picked it up, when we went to the front, there were no registers, only self-serve scanning machines. What a weird unfriendly place, no one there to give me their customer service smile.
We found harbor freight, I needed a VOM meter. I had looked at Radio Shack in Palm Dessert and the meter I wanted was $80.00, Harbor Freight had the equivalent meter for $4.00. That made me happy, I con now measure AC/DC again. We walked back to Firestone via the inner streets, to get way from the noise on the bigger roads. There were a lot of apartments, fenced off mobile parks. Every thing had big fences and locks to prevent people from entering with out a key. Security was a big deal, but just old fashion padlocks and steel. There was a lot of graffiti around, and young people of every race on skate boards. Really reminded me of the area in Salem, Oregon of an area we call felony flats.
We finally got back to Firestone, the power was still out, and it was getting up on tree, what a long day. The lady in charge of the place seemed very stressed, she was trying so hard to do right by everyone. The Mechanic had determined they could do all the work I asked for without power. Since I demanded an oil drain rather than flush, and hand wrenched still exist, we were in great shape. They did the rear brakes, new pads and rotor for $200 and gave me a lifetime Firestone Nationwide Warranty for parts. No idea if the warranty means anything, but it made feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The replaced the fluids and the battery. The whole bill was $510.00 a fraction of what Bend Honda wanted, and we got new breaks. This Firestone was a pleasure to work with an honest. When you have service based business, a great memory for names, product, and personality is everything. Their service department head had all that dialed in.
We are no happily thing about getting groceries and Christmas tree thing of some sort today. Sure hope nothing more breaks for a while, it is getting old.
Have a Good Morning and a Good Day