New Years Resolutions?
New Years Resolutions. How quickly do you break yours? My resolution (the only one I truly intend to stick to anyway) is to get more use out of the van. Like everyone else though, this is destined to be broken early on. I receive the news I’ve been dreading for some time: next month I require substantial surgery. Not only is Rita heading into the garage (MOT is pending), but I am too! As I’m the only one who takes her out, this news means parking up for at least 2 months. Since we’ve been together, as a bare minimum, Rita has enjoyed a once weekly commute to work. Putting her into hibernation is the opposite of 2016’s plan.
Sometimes circumstances dictate, I’ll just have to make the best of a bad situation. We go out on a few short trips together, then I decide to book her in for the dreaded MOT before I’m out of action.
I have every confidence in Rita’s ability to pass, after all, it doesn’t seem all that long since she was checked over in the workshop. I’ve chosen a local test centre just up the road from ‘Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce’ factory. A colleague of mine used them recently and he was complimentary. They’ve quoted me £30 for the test, so I book her in. She drives lovely on the short journey there, even starting at the first time of asking, surely a good omen!
Hmm, we have a fail. Rear wheel bearings, both sides. The plus side is that there are no other advisories at all, just the bearings require replacement. Rita had given no indication of a problem, no noises, no rumblings, nothing at all. I’ve no choice but to trust the professionals, if I get them to carry out the work I’ll be able to pick her up tomorrow. I want that certificate, so reluctantly, I agree.
Once Rita’s done, we have a clear ticket for another year. Time to park her up for our enforced break. Sleep well Rita…