What do I know?

December 5, 2009

Not much.

About cars, at least. I work for a car sharing organization and know a decent amount about Priuses, and I can solve minor problems. The problem, however, is that our cars are all new. Nothing goes wrong with them. Never has anyone called our office and said their car had smoke pouring out from under the hood.

My car, the 1998 Corolla, is slightly older. Things go wrong. And I don’t really have a clue what to do. It’s that I’m a mechanical dimwit, but I just don’t have much experience. I can handle a wrench and a hammer, I’ve taken apart and put back together a computer, but I’ve not done much with cars. The two things I can do “under a hood” rather well are jump a car (I do this for work dozens of times a winter) and change a tire. But that’s easy stuff—I’ve never replaced a part, or wired a radio, or replaced a master cylinder. It’s not because I can’t (well, except maybe the master cylinder), it’s because I’ve not had the chance. Now, perhaps, I will.

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