Follow up: Getting you butt kicked

On Tuesday 11/22, I wrote a post with a story about me getting my butt kicked by a Jetta. I hope that it didn’t bum everyone out.  I will be honest, that really put me in a bad mood that night.  I was going to go out with some friends after work.  I decided to pass on the party, I didn’t think that I would be that much fun to be around.

After stressing out about that Jetta for 2 full days, I went in to work to “face my music”.  I rolled in early to get a jump on what I figured would be a nightmare. When I got to work the first thing that I did was try and start the Jetta.

Before I tell you guys what happened to the Jetta, I need to make sure everyone understands the way a mechanic’s mind works. After a few years of working on the same cars, a mechanics mind adapts to certain things.  You stop questioning WHY the car company does the things they do! Its basically a survival tool.  If I spent time trying to figure out WHY, I would have lost my mind years ago. I try to focus on HOW things work, not WHY they work the way they do.

Ok, so I get to work, I get in and try and start the Jetta. What happens, THE CAR STARTS?!?!?!?! It started right up like nothing was ever wrong. Even as I write this, I have no idea what happened.  I have been trying to build a story where this could happen. I got nothing. I just have to remember not to figure out why!

I test drove the car, ran the test that would not pass, and now the car is good.  Its crazy how the car just sat for 2 days, and “fixed it self’!

Do things like this happen in other jobs, or is this an auto industry thing?


7 replies
  1. Kristin
    Kristin says:

    Glad it all worked out. Must just be an auto industry thing cause I have to say that an alarm never turned it self off, a bag never checked it self, a closing never did it self, and a sick kid never fixed it self so you are lucky that it works out that way for you sometimes.

  2. Jer
    Jer says:

    That happens every so often in IT. Although the most common oddity is a user reporting a problem and “showing” you with it not happening. “It was broke, honest.” 🙂

  3. Amy G. H.
    Amy G. H. says:

    I’ve had this happen before! I run a Blogger Outreach program for a website. I issue a gift certificate to a blogger in our industry and in return, they write a review. The reviews are usually good, but every once in a while, you get a bad one. This one photographer wrote a particularly scathing review with a lot of incorrect information in it. Obviously, you can’t please everyone, but I was furious over the incorrect info. I crafted an email asking him to please at the very least, correct the items he was wrong about, but I held onto the email for a couple of days, to be sure my anger didn’t show in the email. On the day I went to send the email out, he had removed the post! Maybe someone else had already pointed out his errors he removed the post out of embarrassment, but it was awesome that I waited a couple days and the problem just solved itself. 🙂

  4. Scott
    Scott says:

    Weird, but nice. It’s good to catch a break once in a while. Congrats! Keep up the good work, I enjoy the blog greatly!

  5. Adam
    Adam says:

    Sounds like the hydraulic lifters bled down over the weekend.
    I’ve had that happen before, especially Vanagons with hydraulic lifters.


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