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We have a relatively new car (less than 6 months old), so when it was eventually diagnosed with a faulty fuel pump (a one in a million occurrence, resulting in the car being at the mechanics for three days) we hoped that would be the end of it (one of the many reasons we purchased this particular vehicle was due to its excellent reliability). So after every loading our three children (aged 3.5, almost 2, and 5 months), hubby, myself and our luggage into the car (we were spending Christmas at Nannys place) I was somewhat put out to find my seatbelt wouldn’t fasten… Late afternoon on Christmas Eve…

We luckily managed to eventually fasten my seatbelt and trundle the short drive to Mums place where we unloaded the car and I called roadside assist, praying that they would be able to fix the seatbelt and I wouldn’t have to take the car back to the mechanics (who were closed for the Christmas break).

Roadside assist came in short order, had a play with the buckle (back to not fastening again) and pulled out the WD40. When that didn’t work (which is telling in itself, because that stuff is magic!) out came a hooky probe things and after a bit of wriggling he pulled out the culprit.

One of the kids had stuffed a googly eye into the seatbelt clasp


Posted by Sylverflame, 30th December 2014


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  • Until I got towards the end of the story I was thinking, oh no, not another problem. It’s good you finally had a happy Christmas.
    My parents had a few problems with a new car they bought. Something under the bonnet kept coming off the mechanism of the windscreen wipers, we would be out and suddenly they would stop working. They avoided taking out in wet weather. One day it was bright sunshine in the morning but heavy rain set in when we were part way home, on a narrow winding road and it stopped working again. It was something you simply pushed back on. Dad wanted to glue it on, but the car was still under warranty and he didn’t want to void it. They ended up having an argument with the car dealership and told them to fix it or they were going to lodge a complaint with the appropriate Govt Dept. They glued it on and it never came off again. A few months later during the school holidays we went interstate and a nut and washer came off one of the front shock absorbers. Somebody who was going past stopped, took our details and sent the RACV out. The guy put new parts on it, then spotted the old one in the ridge that the bonnet sits down on. Dad, Mum, the people who stopped looked around on the road couldn’t find it. Just as the mechanic was about to close the bonnet he spotted the old one. It had sprung up and was sitting part way into the “material” that fits on the underneath of the bonnet. The car still had 2 months of its warranty left. The RACV gave Dad an official report to hand to the Dealer was it appeared to be a faulty part and we were lucky it hadn’t come off sooner. There was no phone reception in the area. The car started shaking and was a bit hard to steer. We were so fortunate the people came past when they did.

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  • Trust kids to do something liked that! but this story brought smile to my face.

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  • great story to read

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  • I am sure the roadside assist had seen this or something similar before – kids are kids.

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  • You know, this is something I could easily see happening to me!

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  • Oh dear not what you need right on Christmas at least it was a easy fix

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  • Oh hahah! This made my night and put a smile on my faceb kids are just so cheeky!!! Glad it got fixed!!

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  • oh lord its almost as if they know how to push your stress out button

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  • wow at least you found out what happened pretty quickly! gotta love how kids do that


    • also it is good that you have roadside assist

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  • Thank goodness that’s all it was. Don’t you just love them. Good luck with your new car, hope that’s the last of your problems with it.

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  • Ha ha. Sorry! But at least it’s fixed…

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  • OH I should not be laughing, but I am sooo pleased the seat belt managed to do up for the trip to Nanny’s and the end result was a good one. Happy New Year and wishing you and your family wonderful and happy travels. :-)

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  • Kids! The things they put in places! :)

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  • I wasn’t able to submit a picture with the story, so here is the offending googly eye!


    • Needless to say, the mechanic was very amused, happily telling me that it was a new one for him!

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