“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
The smoke that rose from around the edge of the hood confirmed my wife’s suspicion. I needed to get us off the road. My initial attempt to move our minivan into the turning lane was met with unanticipated resistance.
Ugh. I immediately knew what was going on. We had just got the power steering leak “fixed” a few weeks back in preparation for this Christmas trip to Cincinnati. Something had clearly done come unfixed.
I managed to get the Town and Country into the parking lot of a nearby United Dairy Farmers. There are at least two good things about UDF. First, they are open on Christmas Eve. Second, they stock a lot of power steering fluid.
Sadly, it didn’t matter. The fluid splattered onto the concrete seconds after I poured it into the reservoir. This wasn’t a small leak. It was a waterfall that sucked its source dry in moments. I needed the advice of a professional.
My Bloomington mechanic told me that he was very sorry that I was stranded 3 hours away from home on Christmas Eve. He said he would be happy to look it over when we got back in town. He said not to drive it without fluid in the reservoir or it would ruin the pump. He said to get it fixed if I had to and he’d make it right. I said, “Okay.” What else could I say?
I called around town but apparently most mechanics in Cincinnati have families… Continue reading