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Posted on July 28, 2012 by under Babies, Things to Do.    

I should be mayor of Tracy’s by now. Seriously. We were there a couple of times this week and it sounds like we will need to go back. Ugh.

On our way home from dinner on Tuesday night (National Tequila Day) we kept hearing a weird noise. Well, we had just driven by the potential new house to see if the satellite dish was still on the roof (and it was) so we figured we could just park in the pool parking lot down the street, hop out of the car and check out what’s going on. As (bad) luck would have it, a bolt (Brian says it’s actually a sheet metal screw) had pierced Bebot’s rear tire on the passenger’s side and that was making the weird sound that we were hearing.

I was like, “What is that? Is that a bolt?” As I start trying to pull it off with my fingers. I’m brilliant after a couple of margaritas. Thankfully, Brian managed to stop me. We agreed to take Bebot to Tracy’s over lunch the next day so they could pull out the bolt or screw or whatever and plug the hole.

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We ended up spending our entire lunch break on Wednesday at Tracy’s, but it wasn’t too bad. We just sat in the comfy couch and watched TV while they worked on Bebot. I event joked that we should bring our sack lunches there everyday (since it’s just down the street from our work places).

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It was my first time at their new tire center so I had to take a picture of the lobby. It used to be a marine/boat shop before Tracy’s took it over. It’s actually pretty convenient because it’s pretty much right next to the automotive shop.

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Anyway, Bebot was about due for an oil change so we told Rob that we would be back on Saturday. So this morning we were back there again. This time at the automotive shop for the oil change.

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You can actually see the tire shop next door in this photo.

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The good news is that Bebot’s oil change was quick and painless. The bad news is that per Rob, Bebot’s serpentine belt is starting to crack and needs to be replaced. I trust Tracy’s and everything, but it’s still an auto repair shop. They’re about as bad as lawyers as their reputations go, so I can’t help but wonder. Does the serpentine belt truly need to be replaced or is this just a way for them to get more money out of me?

The first thought that came to mind was, “What would Gil do (WWGD)?” Gil is the father of Isaac, one of my coworkers. Isaac always tells me about how knowledgeable and skilled his dad is at auto repair and mechanical stuff. So I immediately sent him (Isaac, not Gil) a picture of Bebot’s serpentine belt (shown above), told him what Rob said, and asked, “WWGD?” Without missing a beat, he replied that if the belt is old and cracked then he would replace it, and that’s what Gil would say too. LOL.

Brian’s coworker Chad (Molen) said that serpentine belts typically last 100,000 miles, but I don’t really want to chance it. I don’t know that the guys at Tracy’s would have recommended that it be replaced, had it not shown signs of wear. I’d been reading online that belts are typically replaced after 6 years or 60,000 miles. We bought Bebot new in June 2006, right after my Bachelor’s Degree, so he’s officially 6 years old this year. As far as I know, I’ve never replaced the belt. Although, I did call Toyota this morning just to be sure. They confirmed that there is no record of the serpentine belt being replaced on my car, so I guess it’s time to do it.

Belt is scheduled to be replaced in a couple of weeks unless I get some really good arguments for waiting. If you have any advice, feel free to comment down below.

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