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Owning Your Mistakes and the Zen of Car Maintenance

One of my favorite songs that I save for when I need it is You’re Only Human (Second Wind).

I’ve always been a fan of Billy Joel’s music. Never been to one of his concerts, but we did a lot of his music in high school chorus, and it was the 80s after all.

There’s one line in it that sticks with me till this day:

You’re not the only one who’s made mistakes but there the only thing that you can truly call your own.

B. Joel

There’s a lot of truth in that line.

A man can do most anything and fail or make a mistake. As long as he acknowledges those mistakes, he can come back from them. It’s part of being a man.

Today at work at one of my stores, an employee scraped my car.

Another employee who has become a very good friend of mine over the past seven years saw it happen. He said something to the guy but the guy never came to me about it.

It somethings that I can fix myself. An hours with of work and most if that is paint drying.

It will be okay.

I handled it.


It Can Cause a Blowout or Accident

As mentioned above, your risk for a tire blowout increases significantly with extra PSI. Maintaining control of your vehicle is near impossible during a tire blowout and endangers yourself and other drivers, in addition to the fact that many of your vehicle’s assisted safety functions such as ABS will struggle to function properly without the tires being filled to the factory recommendations.

They’re Easier To Get Damaged from Road Debris

Also, having overinflated tires makes them more susceptible to damage from road hazards such as potholes, cracks, curbs, and other junk in the road. The tire is more stiff and rigid than normal so they can’t flex around obstacles as they usually would.

Overinflated Tires Wear Out Your Tires Faster & Unevenly

Uneven tire wear can also be the result of overinflation. When your tires have too much air it causes the center of the tread to bow out and wear first. Because of this you will need new tires more often and have a less than comfortable ride.

Now I wouldn’t do something as harsh as slashing someone’s tires. That would be childish and petty. Also, tires are expensive.

When I was getting ready to leave for my next store, his back tires looked over inflated, and that can be dangerous. Just as bad as a slack tire.

So I took the valve stems out of the back tires to reduce the pressure. Because I’m a nice guy like that.

Car maintenance is important.

Lessons are learned not only from how you drive your car but also in how you maintain it.

That’s my PSA for today.

That’s it. That’s the post.


Car Stuff

I’ve been working on a problem with the A/C in our 2011 Ford Escape today. It was one of my projects on my list and I’ve gone as far as I’m comfortable with.

I did replace the blower motor relay. What a pain!

I checked all the fuses, relays, switches, etc. that I know about and I think I have a major part that has failed or a switch has failed that works that part.

I know! Buy a new car! Easy peasy! 2011 is just too old.


Because it’s dependable, it’s still good on gas for a V6, it’s still in good shape, AND it’s paid for.

I own it outright. Title in hand.

If it wouldn’t run now that would be one thing. But it’s just good transport.

I can drop the windows and open the sunroof and have that 55 MPH A/C for now.

I did find a great link for Ford fuse box diagrams. Very nice if you’d like to check it out.


So I am going to have to call Mr. Bruce. He’s my A/C guy. If he can’t fix it or it proves too costly and isn’t worth keeping her then I’ll think about going into debt for another car.

I get the Ranger’s problems fixed and this one can sit and be a cool day car. As long as it still runs proper.

This is just me getting things out of my head. A nothing post really. But this is my spot and I’ll post what I want.

That’s it. That’s the post.