- I get things done
- September 18th, 2011
On my way to school and back, I kept seeing a few warning lights on my dashboard. Oil and coolant. No problem, just pop the hood and top off the tanks.
While doing this, I noticed something odd. It looked a lot like a the fluid reservoirs I had just filled up, only with no cap on top. I got out my car's user manual, and found out that it was for power steering fluid, and yes, there should be a cap on it. Looking closely, I see that it's nearly empty.
How did this happen? I had a brief vision of hoodlums siphoning my precious steering fluid with a straw.
Hunting for a clue, I found the missing cap, resting lightly in a crevice of the engine. I guess I dodged a bullet there. Who knows how many weeks it was sitting there. It could have bounced into the street and I never would have noticed.
Time to get a lift to Autozone and get a bottle of power steering fluid. Also another pint of oil, and a funnel, since there wasn't one in the garage.
About then I start to wonder why the guys at Firestone didn't see this when I had to get my ignition replaced. They're supposed to do a courtesy check, to see if there's anything else you need done. (And need to pay for.) That cap being missing seems to qualify. On further reflection, the cap was probably only missing due to their goof. Some dimbulb mechanic checked the fluid level, and forgot to put the damn cap back.
Oh well. I solved all my car problems today, even the one I didn't know about this morning. Today counts as a win.