Comments on: Zen and the Art of Single Lady Car Maintenance The Party of Ones Sat, 18 Aug 2012 16:55:32 +0000 hourly 1 By: Molly Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:52:00 +0000 “It’s all fun and games until the check engine light comes on” hahahaha. I am totally in your shoes – I have horrible car luck AND I am horrible at knowing what to do. I always call my parents in a panic (even before AAA) even though I should know what to do by now because I’m in my late 20s. Well, maybe one day. I just traded in my last car because it had it’s check engine light on for a year and after a tough six years was just ready to go. If my car were a person, it would have been an 86 year old lady who had a good life but was so ready to sleep. Forever. Best of luck with all future car woes, and congrats on being FP! ]]> By: Fathead Follies Thu, 16 Aug 2012 16:35:59 +0000 I feel your pain. My check engine light has been on for 4 years. Most of the time my car runs anyway. I’ve gotten a little attached to that light. I take it as my car’s way of saying “hello!” every morning, but one day that light will signal the true demise of my vehicle and I’ll have to move on to a new one. ]]> By: teresafranklin Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:57:43 +0000 I didn’t start driving until I was 33. That was the age that I could finally afford to buy a car. I have had my car for 4 years and only have 27,000 miles on it and am at a point where here in the near future I am going to have to buy new tires and I am freaking out. Cars are great but the maintenance side of them sucks. ]]> By: topiclessbar Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:56:06 +0000 Great post – very easy to relate to. I personally disintegrated the breaks in one car fully…didn’t think the horrible grinding noise they were making for two months was that big of a deal. Go figure. Anyways, I recommend finding a place to live that has good public transportation. If the bus has no breaks, hey, at least it ain’t my fault.

Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed! Stay happy, and single I guess!

By: cartoonmick Thu, 16 Aug 2012 08:09:03 +0000 In my younger days, I had enough knowledge to fix most basic problems which cropped up in those less complex cars.

But, with our current hi-tech cars, those days are gone, and I have to rely on the fix-it man/woman.

To me, cars are just like women, a total mystery. Best left to steer their own course and not to be messed with.

Now I’ll slip back into my cave and draw some more cartoons for my blog.

By: cmsaunders Thu, 16 Aug 2012 04:07:52 +0000 Haha! Sounds like an account of my early driving exploits. Except the car I rear-ended was a Police car. yep, and I’m not even joking. What i learned through driving is that its all down to experience. And driving is expensive. ]]> By: jpcmc Thu, 16 Aug 2012 03:37:33 +0000 My first car I called Gideon. It runs on faith alone. You’ll never know what trouble you’ll get into the moment you close the door and drive. I’m happy though, I haven’t been in a huge accident with the very old car.

It pays to know a few tricks with your car – apart from driving it. Or find someone whom you can trust to work on your car. Put that person on speed dial!

Keep safe!

By: earwaxdissertation Thu, 16 Aug 2012 03:09:09 +0000 This story reminds me of my very first car: a silver (well, more like rust colored) 1966 Ford Mustang. I had the habit in high school of filling the rust holes in the rear window seal with left over chewing gum. As gross as it sounds, it worked on rainy days when I didnt want the water to leak into the backseat. Great memories. Thnx for sharing. ]]> By: srucara Thu, 16 Aug 2012 02:13:31 +0000 “At this point, I will know more about my car than I do about relationships. Or maybe my car trouble is a huge metaphor for my relationships & tending to them and learning about them” – Loved this! Thanks for writing this ]]> By: vincentborgese Thu, 16 Aug 2012 02:08:02 +0000 Cars ARE a lot like relationships, the more time and money invested, the harder it is to let go. And once you’re a “car” person, see how easy it is to get back into the flow of mass transit …………….. not. My only bit of advice to a vehicularly-challenged individual like yourself would be to either lease every three years, or find yourself a damn good mechanic you can trust. Actually, you have a better chance of finding the perfect mate than a mechanic you can trust. Happy motoring! ]]>