Warning: Blonde Moment ahead.
I drive an older Honda Civic called Sophie. (Well, her name is Sophie when the car is tidy on the inside and sparkling blue on the outside. When all is not well, I just pat the dashboard and tell Sophie I'll make it all better soon.)
Meanwhile, aren't these images by Julian Wass gorgeous?!
Anyhoo...Sophie is not doing well and has three oil leaks ....because she's old. She's 13 years in car years this year ...which is the human equivalent of...86?!
I have to diligently keep up with the oil levels in the car because of the three oil leaks.
A couple weeks ago, my car began making this very loud noise - which a car friend supposed was an exhaust manifold problem. Then a coworker saw oil on the front of Sophie's hood and gasped, warning me that my car COULD START ON FIRE. I shrugged and said I'd check with my car guy.
When Philip, the car guy, finally had time to look at my car, we both laughed at what he found. The oil cap was missing - which is what caused the oil to spill all over the engine (very bad, I know, I'm hanging my head in shame) and also the loud noise. The fix was $10 for a new oil cap and a car wash.
Philip then checked the oil. After three weeks of the car spilling oil, the oil levels remained above normal. Another not good thing. I was gently scolded about the importance of checking the oil levels before putting more oil in the car.
I bet if I were driving my dream car of a cherry red toyota rav4, I wouldn't have these stories about sophie!