I guess I’ll start off with the good news…
My mechanic removed the oil pump screen and it was full of gunk. He soaked it and cleaned it so it was almost like brand new. I’m glad he was able to clean it because a new one would be a special order from his supplier and it would have taken a week to get to him.
Cleaning that screen did the trick. Our car now has a normal oil pressure psi (it was VERY low before) and all is well. Thank goodness! Total cost was a little over $100, but I’ll take that over a total engine replacement anyday.
Now, for the bad news…
My mechanic is moving far away at the end of this month. Part of me feels like going up to him and pleading for him to stay. It is so hard to find a mechanic that you can trust and we had a real gem with him. He would explain things to me so I could understand and he would even take the time to show me things. I am so very sad that he is leaving.
All things considered, I am very happy our car was fixed for relatively low cost. But I will miss my mechanic!