Wednesday, July 22, 2009

check engine bamboozle

I've been freaking out lately because my "check engine" light has come on for the first time since I bought my Mazda. My Mazda is a great car, so it surprised me to see that light come on. I wasn't really sure what I was looking at to begin with because I was used to the actual words "CHECK ENGINE" glaring me in the face with my old car, instead of the symbol that's on my Mazda's dashboard. So I said to myself, "What's the dizzle fo'shizzle?," and pulled out my Owner's Manual. Among the many things that could be the problem I read that I need to make sure my gas cap was on tight enough, make sure my oil had been changed, see if there was anything leaking, yada, yada, yada- stuff that I really don't care about and just want it fixed. So, we leave it at the Mazda place for them to check it out and I'm really thinking that we are going to have to replace some huge part and it's going to cost everything that we have in our savings account because we know for them just to check out the car it's going to cost us $65 plus everything else that has to be done.
Then, we get a call from the Mazda place to let us know that there was nothing wrong with the car, I just hadn't gotten the gas cap on tight enough. Evidently you have to make sure it clicks 3 times, and I only had done it 2 times. I payed $65 for them to tell me my gas cap wasn't on tight!~ Have mercy!
I guess that's what I get for ignoring what the owner's manual told me to begin with. Ugh.