BINGO... it was the water pump. $180 for that little issue. 2 cheap tie rods will be $130, $40 for an oil change we requested and some fancy little taxes brings us up to $405 ~ better than it could have been I guess. Wish I was set up for DIY but no place to even try.
Thank you for your evaluation of the situation, super appreciated!
The brakes run down seemingly quick after a 75/25 city/highway ratio. Partner brakes too hard IMHO, lol but I am kind to the brakes ; ) I'll have to get back to you on the km's...
Would it be silly of me to ask this question... how in the hell does a person get the darn interior light back up into the roof? That things been dangling for ages and no matter what I try to rig it doesn't work, lol
Perhaps an unanswerable question without seeing it.
Thank you again so much for your help Ssicarman... you rock!