I learned a ton of awesome things when I was in the Bering Sea this spring. I also learned one important lesson when I got home: Don’t leave your car for six weeks without driving it. I guess since I drive my car so rarely anyway, it didn’t seem like a big deal to just let it sit there for a while. Ok, so, one new battery and one scraping-of-rust-off-brakes later, I’d learned my $500 lesson. Since my mechanic had the car anyway, I had him disconnect the central locking system, which is one of the dumber features of the ’93 Jetta, and I’ve been much happier ever since.
Until Wednesday night, when I discovered that the central locking system unlocks the little door over the gas cap. Let me tell you, I had a perplexing couple of minutes at the gas station before I figured that out. I called the mechanic today, he told me how to open the gas thing from inside the trunk, and everything’s good. But look what happens when you don’t get gas for three months:
Stinging beasties have babies in your car.