Aw, sh’t. Last week I had my oil replaced and fluids checked at JiffyLube, and I refilled my brake fluid myself (successfully I might add). There was one more fluid to check — my steering fluid. I’d been noticing it was slightly less responsive than usual, and the level said it was at the low side of where it should be. So I added about a teaspoon of fluid to the place where the fluid goes, but far from fixing it, I seem to have done some kind of damage.
My car now makes a loud whining sound which goes silent only when I turn the steering wheel (and then keeps whining if I drive in a straight line).
Maybe the fluids didn’t match (different brands, years apart), maybe I overfilled it (I tried removing some of the fluid with a straw but the sound remained). Maybe just taking the cap off for a second was enough to give the steering systems the willies, but whatever the cause, I now have to take my car in to be fixed professionally. It is just as well, but, I’d rather… well is there ever a good time to have one’s car fixed?
Unfortunately, the repair place that comes highly recommended to me is too far to walk, so I have to burden my housemates with a request for a ride. And only one has a car, so really I may need other options.
I’d simply call a cab to pick me up at the repair place, but a google search (and a check of those yellow pages books that they throw onto doorsteps) suggest that there are no cab companies in Boulder. Could that be true? There are no cabs in Boulder? I could have sworn I saw a row of taxi parking spaces near the Boulder Bookstore. I’d drive by and look to see what non-Boulder cab company has cabs driving around Boulder, but, not safe to drive to look. Just going to drive to the repair place, while praying.
Update: Boulder’s government page says:
Boulder Freedom Cabs
Boulder Yellow Cab Inc.
4891 Broadway St, Boulder, Colo. 80304-0523
I also just joined triple-A, so if I don’t make it all the way there I can get a free tow up to 4 miles. Though I suppose signing up on Sunday like I just did might not mean I’m a member until they run the payment on Monday… But at least unlike with health insurance, AAA doesn’t seem to care if your car is healthy or not. You can sign up just the same. And the yearly cost is less than the lost of a typical tow, anyway. I’d meant to sign up when I moved here but never got around to it until now.