Nervous Today and Probably Tomorrow

I’m really nervous today. I drove the wife’s car into work; the same car that has been basically inoperable for a year now. I’m sure you’ve heard the story. My father in-law, cousin in-law and I have spent too many hours to count working on that engine. We’ve disassembled it probably 10 times all the way down to the block trying to stop the cylinders from filling with water during operation. The car has new heads, gaskets, upper and lower intake manifolds, and a new catalytic converter. After all that we are no closer to having fixed the problem than we were when we began. So, out of frustration and desperation we poured a couple bottles of Head Gasket Repair stuff into the car a few weeks ago. If you haven’t seen stuff like this before, let me tell you it’s nasty stuff. Basically it’s supposed to clog the leak by forming a ceramic bond, which will last “FOREVER.” If you are like me this probably raises several questions. I do not want to hear any of them though. I’m worried enough as it is.

In the couple weeks since we put that goup in the engine the car has been running. Granted, I haven’t driven it all that much. It sat in the driveway all last week while the wife was out of town. Now that she’s back, and I’m getting ready to leave town for a week, we have started driving it again. Thankfully most of the time, the wife and I can carpool to work, but next week I’m going to need a car for my business trip, and I’m not ready to push that car on a trip to Oxnard. That means the wife gets to drive it while I’m gone, which is unsettling to me. I really don’t want her to end up on the side of the road waiting for a tow-truck. That’s not a lot of fun; however, that is what I am afraid is going to happen. And, I’m going to be worrying about it the entire time I’m gone. They only thing I can do to help ease my mind is drive it as much as possible this week, which makes me nervous too. It’s pretty much a lose-lose situation. My options are: be nervous now and later, or be extremely nervous later. I’m opting for nervous now and nervous later, by driving it this week.

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