JWG (jwg) wrote,

Engine Check light

On Monday when driving to Wellington to catch the Orange line to the Red Sox game I noticed the Engine Check light was on - also the Cruise Control button was blinking. Later I read the manual in the dark (no, I wasn't driving at the time) and saw that sometimes it is caused by the gas tank cap being loose. We stopped to check that; it seemed OK and but I tightened it anyway but this made no difference. Yesterday I scored a while-you-wait appointment at the Subaru dealer and we stopped there on the way to the English Country Dance. They said it was the catalytic converter and it was in stock so they replaced it - the warantee still covered it - the car is a bit over 4 1/2 years old. When they were done they said it would have cost $3,000 - the catalytic converter has platinum in it! Just for a spare part.

My first used car - a '40 chevy in '54 cost $45. My first new car cost $2,100 - an MG-A bought on the way home from a job interview where I got a verbal offer. Yes, a .05 cent cup of coffee costs $2.50 or more these days - so that is even higher inflation, and the paper cup it is served in might cost a nickel, and a coffee filter (the equivalent of the catalytic converter is 5-10 cents.

  • Baseball

    When I was a kid I was a Yankees fan - I lived in NYC. My father was a NY Giants fan. We occasionally listened to games on the radio and I went with…

  • ROTC - 1957

    Yesterday was National Armed Forces Day. The closest I ever came to being a member of the Armed Forces was freshman year at MIT where taking ROTC…

  • Operas we've watched since January 9

    Since January 9th we have watched 31 MetOpera streams. Coupled with 52 earlier in the series we've watched 82. One of the few good features of the…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded