There's a 10 a.m. in the morning

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on May 19, 2008

I've been awake for over an hour. I took my car into the dealer to get it checked out. A couple of times in the past few days the warning light for the electronic stability control system has gone on -- so I'm going to have them check it out. It only seems to have happened on the hottest of days -- it didn't happen this morning, maybe by noon things will be different.

I was also going to ask them to replace the brake lights -- both of which have gone out. Surprisingly, the warranty doesn't cover the brake lights after 12,000 miles, which is ridiculous. Thankfully, an older gentleman was bringing in his car at the same time, and when he heard they were going to charge me $32 to replace each light, he told me that it was easy to do and I should do it myself. Having spent far too much of my life working on an MGB roadster, I've always been wary of car repairs. When they designed those cars, it never occurred to the engineers that any part would ever actually need to be serviced or replaced -- that's why you have to pull the engine to get to the transmission.

Anyway, the total time it's going to take me to change both lights will be less than 5 minutes. I thought I would have to remove the taillight assembly, but it turns out that the engineers were a little smarter than that, there's an access panel in the trunk and it will be a piece of cake.

The downside, I'm going to have to walk the 3/4 of a mile back to the dealership from the Panera Bread I'm camped out at the hottest time of the day.

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