Our 08 Toyota Rav 4 has been making some scraping sounds when the brakes are applied. I have driven very little since our arrival in Kentucky, but noticed the grinding rear brake when I drove the two miles to the Post Office and back about 10 days ago.
J. is more than capable of doing a 'brake job", but given that Toyota has had numerous recalls and problems with different models, he decided one of their service centers should do the work. The car has only 12,000 miles on it and is still under warranty.
He learned that the nearest Toyota dealership is about an hour away in Bowling Green, KY. With a 10 o'clock appointment, we decided to leave home about 7 a.m. which would put us in Bowling Green with plenty of time to order breakfast at a favorite restaurant, [Cracker Barrel] eat in a leisurely way, [Actually J. always eats very slowly] and locate the dealership in good time.
We were checked into the service department shortly before 10. The dealership also handles Honda cars. We decided to troll around the lot looking at new models and also seeing what might be available in used cars. NOT that we intend trading cars---we've just always had an interest in such things.
By the time the 3rd or 4th salesman had popped out to ask if he could help us, by the time J. had repeated the tale of our vehicle being in for service, the fact that we had bought it in Wyoming, recently moved to Kentucky, etc, etc, etc, I was over it. We had passed a mall about a block away and while I'm not excited at thought of doing a mall crawl, it seemed like something to pass the time.
We didn't make it to the mall. Across the side street we found a bookstore and I headed determinedly in, leaving J. little choice but to follow.
A quick glance at the display tables and shelves reminded me again that we have moved to the "Bible Belt" south. There was a huge inventory of "Christian fiction," devotional books, self-help books with a spiritual slant, as well as the usual aisles of young adults' books, childrens' books, mysteries and such. There was also a large sale table with books on crafting, building, decorating, gardening.
I was on a mission for a new bird book. Surprisingly I didn't find one.