Sometime last week, a light and message appeared on the screen (cars now have screens) on my dashboard saying, “Brake fluid low. Get service NOW!!!” Maybe only one ! but the message seemed urgent. I pushed “OK”. The light and message vanished, I bought my groceries and came home. Maybe it was because of the cold?
But I knew it wasn’t.
Tuesday I took a short trip (1 mile) to the Post Office, but I had to drive because of a package I was mailing. “Brake fluid low. Get service NOW!!!!!!!!”
I called the dealership, which is 18 miles away, with whom my car has an extended warranty. “You’d better bring it in and leave it a couple of days.”
“I can’t leave it. I live far!”
“Bring it in and let us look at it.”
“Bring it in around 3.”
Hmmmm. I took a walk and came home and called my neighbor and asked for a ride. I am not good at asking for favors or help, but I managed it. “Call us when you’re about to leave,” my neighbor said.
I called about 2:30 and my neighbor said, “Don’t get distracted when you see B. behind you.”
So… I pulled out of the alley, parked by their house, chatted with my neighbor in the cold shade of a December afternoon, then got back in my car. I pulled forward and here came B in one of his three vintage T-Birds.
I have not been in one of these since my grandfather bought one in 1955. I was THRILLED. My neighbor has owned this car since he was 21 and he’s 70 something now. I said, “You must love this car.”
“I do love it,” he said.
It’s beautiful inside and out and riding in it had me grinning for 18 miles. I love it, too. I patted its dashboard with affection I haven’t felt for a vehicle since I had to trade my 1988 Ranger. 😦
Turned out the brake master cylinder on my car had gone to the dark side. The parts had to come from Denver 5 hours away. It might be done today; it might not. Depends when the parts get here.
My ride back will be another T-Bird, a ’55. Meanwhile, I am not suffering or missing my car. The store is 2 blocks away if I need anything. Clear weather is promised for the next few days. In a way, I feel liberated, especially as the extended warranty will cover the work on my car.