Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bonus not enough

Murphy law strikes again. Few days ago, I was driving back home after work. Going through the usual crawl until I reach Jalan Istana whereby the traffic ease up abit. I fiddled with the air-conditioner switch when I noticed the air blowing out is not as cold as it used to be. Suspecting nothing amiss, I had thought the air-conditioner is about to throw some fuss. And then, I saw some steam rising from the bonnet. In an instant, the focus is now on the engine temperature. Holy crap, it's H till the max as far as the dial can go. A few seconds later, the engine indicator came up on the dashboard and I pulled aside.

I switched off the engine and watch the traffic goes by. A moment later, a smiling indian guy on a motorcycle came by and asked if the car has broken down. Immediately he offered to fix the car on the spot. Weighing between giving him the job or waiting for the tow truck to tow the car back to some workshop, I had decided to take a gamble with that guy. Might have been a very risky decision then. However, his dirty mechanic hands and his immunity to heat by touching the boiling radiator helped in my decision making.

To keep it short, the said guy took the radiator out and took RM 150 from me to purchase a new casing and clean the radiator in a nearby workshop. He later came back with the radiator with new casing and many 1.5 litre bottles of water, still on his motorcycle.

Suffice to say, the whole ordeal came to about RM 350. And on the following day, a trip down to Nissan service centre, to reset the ECU because the engine indicator has refused to go off, and for going through a scheduled maintenance job had took me RM 1100.

Gah! The highlight of this post is of the unnecessary expense incurred this month. :(