Three Things Thursday – Car issues edition

Happy Thursday!


This week’s edition of Three Things Thursday: Car Issues


1. Stupid Car


Meet Mr. Blue, the Honda Civic. This is our crap car that P uses to drive 100Km every day in. It is a crap car, but a fairly reliable car in the past two years, until recently. This evening while I was driving Mr. Blue to my track meeting (which I missed – crap…) the car decided to die on me in the middle of a busy intersection. I was stopped and it just went kapoot – I didn’t stall it (this is the manual transmission car) – it just died. P came and tried to get it going, but it just kept dying (and it sounded awful!). So we had a tow truck take it home and we are charging the battery (which is new by the way) to see if that is the problem (I don’t think it is…but anyways). So yes – that is round two of “rebecca’s car dies in traffic”.


2. Interesting

While waiting for P – a number of people stopped to help me. Thanks to the Young Driver’s instructor who helped me get the car to a much safer location at the side of the road. After he left (he had to go), about 8 or so other drivers asked if I needed help. Funny – they were all male. Not a single female drive asked if I needed help. A bunch of kids stared at me too…..

3. Check Engine Light

In other car news – the check engine light came on in the jeep – I’ve never seen that come on before, ever! Apparently it is the catalytic converter – wooooo???

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  1. Amy @ Writing While Running

    Oh my. I have to admit, this is a little bit funny. When it rains with bad car news, it pours. Very interesting about the gender ratio of those who stopped to ask if you needed help. I don’t think I have ever stopped to ask if anyone needs help because 1) I know nothing about cars and could probably only help by calling someone they have already called, 2) I would be afraid to talk to random men if we were in the middle of nowhere, and 3) I would not want to have to stop traffic if others were behind me. Maybe we have been programmed by fear not to talk to strangers?


      For me it is totally a fear thing. I’ll let dogs into my car that are stinky and huge off the street but I won’t even stop for a woman in distress? That seems like a problem to me. On the other hand, I’ve got a bad case of the “don’t talk to strangers” that really exerts itself on the road!


    I totally agree with Amy about the “stranger-danger” concept. I don’t know why, but I always think about being safe before I think about being helpful. That can’t be good in all situations!
    I am so sorry about your car 🙁

  3. beka @ rebecca roams

    Oh man! that stinks – catalytic converter is any easy-ish/not too expensive fix though 🙂 I’m pretty surprised that it caused the car to complete stall out!

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      The catalytic converter issue is with the jeep – not the Civic. The civic’s alternator died on me, which does = total breakdown. It will be fixed on Monday. Benefit to working at a high school is I do get a really good deal on repairs/have my car serviced by someone I trust 🙂

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