lolitasir did put things in perspective for me... the car is 6 years old, and this is the first thing to go wrong with it. So, all things considered, this isn't that bad.
But still. Grump grump grump grump.
I think the trees are out to get me. They missed with their flung branch. So now they are resorting to sabotage. I fear what may come next.
Can't sleep. The trees will eat me.