Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Minor Car Repair - Win!

Yesterday I had a winning moment in my quest to be more self-reliant.  I taught myself how to change out a burnt bulb in my car's tail lights!

Not my car, but same make and model, and even the same tail light!
photo from here

Now, if you're a "car person" you're probably chuckling to yourself over something so simple.  Now that I know how simple it is, I'm chuckling myself....but after reading my car owners manual, searching for tutorials online, and struggling for an hour and a half on the task itself, I was about ready to throw in the towel and take the darn thing to the repair shop.  I don't have much mechanical aptitude and the instructions were written with the assumption (to my mind, anyway) that the user understood certain terminology.

After much gnashing of teeth, I figured it out.  The bulb cost $5.49 at the auto parts shop, which is considerably less than what the labor charge would have been at a repair shop.  Yay!

Next on the to-learn list for cars:  jumper cables and changing tires.  Oi.


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