What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

Does anyone else here always ensure their car is clean before it goes in for a service?

I’m a bit on-again off-again about cleaning my cars. Usually they get at least a wash every few weeks*, though rarely the full Svend. However when I’ve got other shit on - like now, as you can see from the background to the image - they can get pretty filthy. But I always give them a wash and vacuum before they go in for any work. Even though I know perfectly well the dealer’s going to wash it anyway - and charge me for it - I have a superstitious belief that if you let them think you don’t care about your car, they won’t care about it either. Plus I’m probably a bit embarrassed to hand a filthy car over to “car guys”.

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So the Skoda’s clean for the first time in several months: as well as the aforementioned “shit going on”, we’ve gone straight from months of “don’t waste a drop” level drought to the last few weeks being nonstop “I’m not washing my car in the rain” mud pies, so car washing has been right off the table of late.

* except Clifford the Pajero. As a farm hack, he gets treated like any other working dog: he gets a bath once a year whether he needs it or not. And Mrs Distraxi’s Leaf, which as previously mentioned is an embarrassment to humanity for which I disavow all responsibility. So really just the Skoda and the 86, now I think about it.

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