the cause of the squeaky, icky noise my van was making. (
(Alternate title: How Sara is an Idiot)
Well, I sorta knew. Back in March (yes, March) I got some work done on my van at a mechanic, not a dealer. Regular maintenance-new belts, etc. No big deal. In about May, it started making a squeaky noise. Kind of a squeal when you started the van, and every so often as you were driving, this awful, fingernails on a chalkboard squeak would happen for about 3 seconds, then stop.
So I took it to my dealer, because I have an extended warranty. They told me that it was from the belts my mechanic put in, they could change them for $180, but it was just an annoying sound, it wasn't anything wrong. I decided to keep my $180 and ignore the sound.
And ignore I did.
From May until October.
Around mid-July, I started getting concerned that my ignoring the sound was going to cause some real damage to my beloved Sienna.
Continued ignoring. Did not want to pay money. Was afraid now that real damage had occurred and would cost much more than $180
FINALLY took the van to the mechanic on Monday.
"Oh, we need to tighten the belt."
Took about 20 minutes.
I'm an idiot. I've been driving a sqeaky, rebbe-mobile for six months.
For no good reason.