Tuesday, March 04, 2014
The $125 Mistake
I was headed off to work and decided to add some oil to my car engine since I hadn't done that all winter (I'm not very good with mechanical things.) I accidentally dropped the oil cap behind the engine to a place I couldn't reach it. I tried knocking it to the ground with a stick but ended up knocking further behind the engine to a place where I could no longer even see it. There's a repair shop across the street and a mechanic was nice enough to walk over to my house to see if he could do anything. He hit the bottom of the car with his hand and we could hear the oil cap but he determined short of getting it onto a lift there wasn't anything further he could do. To get it onto the lift would have required a tow (or maybe duct tape) so oil didn't spurt all over the engine. The mechanic suggested calling auto part stores to buy a new oil cap. I called around but none of them had the right cap for my car.
I ended up taking an $80 cab ride to the dealer and back home with my new $42 oil cap. I was in and out of the house several times during this whole process and the boyz were somewhat alarmed at the change to their normal serene mornings. Theo thought this somehow meant extra food for him. Diego-san kept his distance probably figuring a trip to the vet for somebody might be in the cards. Thompson came over for some spontaneous loving. I think all involved, including myself prefer less exciting mornings.