When it comes to cars and car maintenance I am completely clueless. Even getting my oil changed is intimidating to me. Usually I try to drag one of my male friends to the car mechanic with me so that it at least looks like there is someone with me who might know what they are talking about. Every time that I take my car in for an oil change or some other maintenance I always feel like I am getting the run around and being taken advantage of because I obviously don’t know anything about cars. This is the worst when I am met with some major car repairs, such as transmission repair. What is a transmission? Why is it broken? Why does it cost so much for me to fix it? Can’t you just put some duct tape on it? There are so many questions that I might never find the answers for. The interesting thing is that even when I have asked around to my friends, no one seems to know anything about a transmission. The most I have gotten from my friends is that the transmission is part of the engine. Well, duh. But, what? And, why? And, how much? Who knows?
Recently I got a flat tire and like any American female I called my insurance company to send out road side assistance. While I was waiting for them to call me back my friend showed up with some beer at my place. I told him about my debacle with the tire and he was appalled that I was making roadside assistance come to me to put on my spare tire when it was something that could be done so easily by him. He said that he would teach me how to change my tire, which I thought meant that I would drink beer while I watched him change my tire. I was wrong. He made me do everything! In the end it was actually kind of fun and I learned a new skill too. I can now say that I know nothing about cars other than how to drive one and how to change a tire. It’s too bad that a transmission repair couldn’t be so easy.
When I first was told that I needed to have a full transmission rebuild I was shocked and confused because I had no idea what that meant. To be honest, I still have no idea what it means. The transmission rebuild was going to be really expensive and I wanted to get a second opinion before I shelled out a bunch of money. I took my car to another mechanic and was given the same answer. I was very frustrated that I was going to have to spend so much money on something that I wasn’t going to be able to wear. Transmission repair isn’t cute or something that I can show off in my closet. Such a bummer. In the end my mom helped me to pay for the transmission repair in order to avoid me becoming homeless because I couldn’t afford a new transmission and my rent.