This is one way NOT to save money.
About a month ago, my son and I went shopping in Des Moines. On the way home, and running on “LOW FUEL” light on, we pull into the last gas station before we left town. I went in to pay as he was pumping gas. Being frugal that I am, I always tell the kids to pump “the cheapest gas there is”. (Meaning do NOT fill it up with Premium) !!!!!! sounds easy enough huh??? Glenns pickup usually takes about $60 to fill, but this time Maison did it for about $18. So low in gas, the low fuel light was on, and he topped it off. hmmmmmm….. something is NOT right with this total.
This is the exact gas pump that was in his 14 year old hand.
“Stop. Not gasoline” yep, that is what it said. About 3/4 the way through , he must have remembered his reading skills and came running in stating “Mom, I think I am pumping the wrong gas”. I dismissed him as I was visiting with someone and just said ” oh, it will be fine”
It was for about 3 miles, til the “check engine” light came on. But who REALLY pays attention to those anyway??? I just kind of ignored it, and did so for about the last month. I even had my husband concvinced there was nothing to it. Run the E85 out, fill it up with regular and it will all be fine.
Fast forward to this weekend. It is NOT fine. The “check engine” light started FLASHING with my husband driving it !!!! yikes. He found the nearest Ford dealership as he was going out of town. Long story short. The truck now needs a complete fuel flush, new fuel filter, new spark plugs, coils, etc etc etc…….to the tune of $600 !!!!!!!!!!!! Nice huh?? a month before Christmas? Good thing we saved the $40 on the initial fill up a month ago. The service manager even said something similiar to “I have NEVER seen a fuel pump that looked this bad!!!”
SO…. when your “check engine” light comes on??? it might be for a reason. We have argued for a month that this DOES mean something….but in my denial technique, I figured if we ignored it long enough, it might go away.
It did not.
I think it will be a LONG while til I (and my son) live this one down.
But I was able to give my “gift” for the weekend. A $600 gift mind you. Grrrrrrr