I have a 2009 Honda Fit and that car is, quite literally, my ride or die. We’ve been through a lot together but, guys, I am a horrible car owner. I’m bad at getting routine maintenance, I’m constantly running over nails, and I’ve got shitty depth perception so there have been bumps and bruises along the way.
But by far the dumbest thing I’ve ever done as a car owner happened earlier this week.
My left front tire was looking a little low (but I’m not good at eyeballing that kind of stuff) and, sure enough, my low tire pressure light came on. “No problem,” I thought, “I’ll just top it off with the air machine at the gas station.” So I filled it up at the gas station, and it was a bit of a struggle. The gauge was hard to read and the hose didn’t really fit so I had to hold it in place the whole time. When I got back in the car, the TPMS light came on (Tire Pressure Monitoring System), which basically means “lol you made it worse, way to go.”
Cursing my luck, I took it to the dealership after work, thinking that maybe I had just knocked the TPMS out of whack. The next day, the dealership calls me.
“Yes, your TPMS sensors were out so we did blah blah blah and now it should be fine. Your battery was also low, so that might be contributing to it as well. Oh, and Ms. Burnernator...the left front tire had 90 lbs of air in it.”
90 LBS OF AIR.
NINETY FUCKING POUNDS OF AIR
I PUT 60 POUNDS OF AIR INTO THAT CAR IN 4 MINUTES
I DROVE TO WORK ON THAT SHIT
The dealership guy was STUNNINGLY nice to me about it and told me how those gas station air machines have really inaccurate gauges (as I stifled that nervous, aghast “how am I a person” laughter) and now my poor car is doing just fine, albeit with an idiot for an owner.
What about you, GT? What are your best car-related fails?