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Slightly Better

weather: blazing sunny
outside: 24°C
mood: better than yesterday

I'm feeling somewhat better than yesterday. Thanks for all the encouragement and kind comments =)

Well, we got home before dark last night, so we went straight to washing my car before dinner. It was nasty. And it still has residue on it, but it's presentable.

This morning at the Honda shop went okay. Husband Guy did as well as I've seen him at being an upset but reasonable customer. They won't give us our money back on the work they did. They took the car in to give it another look and make recommendations on what else can be fixed. I really don't know what that will do.

The car has a Conditional Pass, which means that we can get insurance, but it has to go back in for AirCare testing next year. It also needs a major service tune-up. Because of the low mileage on the car, it was never presented to us as critical to get any of the major mileage services done. So, some of the parts could be well worn by now, but haven't been changed because of that. Or that's Honda's excuse anyway ("we don't have the service history, so it could be any of a number of things...").

We'll probably also start using a higher octane gas. Husband Guy insists that he only needs 87. I've always used 94 in my car. I told him to use either 89 or 92 and once in a while get 94. I'm not sure that it makes that big a difference in a new-ish car.

The question now is, would I feel too stupid bringing this car to the Honda shop to do the major inspection/tune-up, so they can't blame not knowing the service history? I do feel like they dicked us around and just made lame excuses. Do I really want to give them the benefit of further business? And what's the say they won't make up some other lame excuse like "oh, Acuras are totally different and it's not our expertise..."?

*sigh* I dunno.


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Jul. 23rd, 2002 01:34 pm (UTC)
Heh, neat huh? I do it manually =)

I "designed" my mood, weather and music box to fit my journal layout and I paste the table manually into every journal entry. And if I use a different journal style, I'll be stuck with the wrong layout for the mood/weather/music. =P
Jul. 23rd, 2002 03:15 pm (UTC)
Man, that's really crappy! The Honda people are being totally neglagent and stupid and you and Husband Guy really shouldn't be blamed for any of it. I hope it all works out, and, even if it's only for a year, at least you finall passed AirCare.
Jul. 23rd, 2002 03:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah... it just sucks that what this car has saved in gas, it's wasted in something stupid like this. You just can't win.
Jul. 23rd, 2002 06:06 pm (UTC)
I heard that some cars (like mine) could be damaged if you use too high an octane. My hubby's car uses premium but mine is made for the 87 octane. According to the user's manual anyway.
Jul. 23rd, 2002 07:15 pm (UTC)
husband guy's car
Hi Bride,

I've been reading your journal for a while now after reading one of your comments in some thread many weeks ago. I really enjoy reading what you have to say. I learn a lot from reading your journal. Those are great wedding photos too!

Regarding Husband Guy's car, I was told a while ago by my GM Goodwrench mechanic that using a higher octane fuel offers absolutely no benefit and that you should always use the octane level that's recommended in the owner's manual.

The only time when you may want to switch to a higher octane is if your car's engine "knocks" (it rattles or makes a funny sound). A very small percentage of cars suffer from this problem. Severe knocking can cause engine damage.

That knocking noise comes from something to do with the fuel-air mixture in the engine. Higher octane fuel will get rid of the knocking but does not impact the car's emissions levels in any way.

The only thing I know that will help the car pass emissions testing is regular maintenance (usually the lube, oil, filter) done at every 5,000 km. I recently took my car in for maintenance and my mechanic recommended emission service done at 30,000 km.

Also, it may be a bunch of malarkey but they say that not giving a car a name is supposed to be bad luck. Husband Guy did name his car yes? ;)

Hope this helps and I'm glad you're feeling better.
Jul. 24th, 2002 09:06 am (UTC)
Re: husband guy's car
Hi there =)

Re: Car

Yeah, a lot of the Honda shop's excuses sounded lame to me. But, not knowing much about cars, I could make an intelligent statement. Thanks for your input =)

Husband Guy did name his car yes?

He calls it The Knight Ridah. =)
Jul. 24th, 2002 08:07 pm (UTC)
Re: husband guy's car
The Knight Ridah? XD I can see why you married him. He must be a lot of fun to be around.
Jul. 24th, 2002 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: husband guy's car
He must be a lot of fun to be around.

He is. =D He taught me to laugh. At myself and at other things. =)
Jul. 26th, 2002 08:15 am (UTC)
You know...I just don't trust dealerships. Unless you're under a warranty and they fix everything...I wouldn't go to one.

My advice (actually, what my parents taught me, I haven't been driving for long) would be to find an independent mechanic, like, referred through a friend or something. If you know your shit about cars (hey, I know I DON'T) and have a VERY strong attitude about not wanting to be fucked with (I have a feeling you don't let people push you around :P), go by yourself, but if you aren't sure about something, I'd bring Husband Guy or another male just because that's the way *some* mechanics are. Pray on women who don't know their stuff and try to send them "turn signal fluid" or something.

Hopefully you'll find a good one who won't mess around with you, and can give you the straight deal about whatever you need to know.

Cars are just such a pain in the arse sometimes...
Jul. 26th, 2002 09:01 am (UTC)
Re: Independent Mechanic

Yeah, my husband's family _always_ goes to the dealerships.

I take my car to my uncle who is a mechanic. I suggested to Husband Guy to take his car to my uncle from now on. Screw what his family thinks because they're not paying $500 for an oxygen sensor that they didn't need. >={
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