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Zaphod Has A Boo-Boo

So it turns out that my car isn’t leaking windshield washer fluid like I though it was; rather, the rear window appears not to have been sealed properly, so rain water has leaked inside the piece of the car surrounding the window (what the hell would you call that piece?) and when you flip up the window (as you do to open the trunk), the water all runs up that piece-that-I-don’t-know-the-name-of and leaks out1. I found this out because Mercedes2 has a mobile fix-it guy who will come to your home or office to check out if he can fix your car – if he can fix it on the spot, great, and if not, then he calls the dealership to let them know they need to order parts/book an appointment with you. And he checked out Zapod, determined what was happening but knew that he couldn’t fix it on the spot, but got me an appointment to bring her in to the dealership after work on Monday. He seems to think that they will need to repalce the whole window+ surrounding piece.  Anyway, it basically means I have to take Zaphod in to the car hospital for surgery and they will give me a loaner car to drive around until it’s fixed. It’s supposed to be sunny all week – maybe they’ll give me a convertible!

1I realize that this makes no sense, but I have no idea how else to explain it.
2Smarts are made by Mercedes.

8 Responses to Zaphod Has A Boo-Boo

  1. Kalev says:

    Of course, that’s not mentioning how ridiculous it is that a brand new car would have something like this wrong with it. 🙁

  2. chris says:

    What Kalev said. Also, the term is gasket. 😉

  3. Beth says:

    Well, I’d rather have it go wrong know, while it’s under warranty, than to have it wear out later and have to pay to fix it.

    And, nope, Chris, I’m not talking about a gasket (which would be the part that’s supposed to be making the seal, but isn’t, right?). I’m talking about the frame around the window that is filling up with water… I feel like it should have a real name, but I don’t know what that name would be.

  4. chris says:

    Oops. Sorry.

    I’m thinking that it’s the thing that should have a gasket of its own. Or maybe the car has improperly-located speed holes.

    Also, I’m writing this on an iPhone, and… Ooh! Mirrored buttons!

    chris’s last blog post..(via proudnature)

  5. Beth says:

    Your iPhone has mirrored buttons??

    Yeah, I’m guessing you are right that it does have a gasket. Or perhaps it was supposed to have a gasket and they forgot it? Who knows! I guess they’ll figure it out on Monday!

  6. chris says:

    The meta, tags, recent buttons at the bottom of the page are mirrored. Nice.

    chris’s last blog post..(via proudnature)

  7. david morley says:

    It could be called a gasket, but most body/window people would call it the window seal (at least in the states, and according to my mechanic pal.

  8. Make sure they’ve gotten rid of any water that isn’t where it’s supposed to be. If there’s standing water sitting anywhere inside the car, it could get nasty in the future.

    Derek K. Miller’s last blog post..Luck and randomness

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