Sunday night after babysitting my niece and nephew for the day, Evan and I noticed a strong smell of gasoline when we got to the car. Weird, but no biggie. Drove fine Monday and Tuesday, and since I had an all-day meeting in the District on Wednesday, I didn't use the car at all. Tuesday night I had just over a half a tank of gas. This morning, the needle was resting on the pin.
I was able to get to a gas station (which must be the fastest pumps in the damn world - I only meant to put a few gallons in, but by the time I bought a bottle of water, the tank was full), and when I left there, I noticed a puddle where she was. Got to work and parked in the garage, and gas was dripping on to the floor, so I took her to a nearby mechanic to get checked out.
They called within an hour and said my fuel pump is leaking, to the tune of about $850. I said I probably wouldn't get it fixed and they needed me to come get the car right away since it was leaking gas all over their garage, and while they didn't have any ideas of what I should do with it, suggested I not park it indoors and cautioned against leaving it outside to leak in a 90 degree, Code Red day like today. This old man mechanic told me in broken English that he tightened the pump with his hands so it should leak more slowly.
I drove around and ran a few errands, and the leak is definitely less. I bought a siphon kit and a gas container so I could take some of it out, but then what do I do with the container?
Now I'm trying to figure out how much of a car loan I can afford, whether or not Justice has any trade-in value, and which of those fantasy cars I've been looking at on the road might actually be viable options. How does someone pick a car? I had been thinking of getting a car with a manual transmission so I could finally master how to drive stick, but how do I test drive a car I can't drive?
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