The Prius is back home and is running quite well. It had all of it’s 90,000 mile and 100,000 mile checks done to it and is now set to go for nothing but oil changes for another 20,000 miles or so. While it was in there, they also took a look at a pesky “Check Engine” light issue that I was having. It would turn on, stay on for a day or so, and then go off for a day or so. The service center didn’t think it was too big of an issue because it kept clearing itself, but investigated the problem anyway. Turned out there was a flow control thing-a-ma-bob for the engine coolant that was failing from time to time. Not too serious because it was only an occasional fail, but very serious if the thing decided to fail completely. That part was swapped out at the same time and now the Prius is in tip-top shape, but dirty. Wow, that thing needs a good hand-scrubbing. Automated car washes just aren’t cutting it.
I was talking with my girlfriend yesterday as I was driving the Prius home from the service center and she asked how it was doing. I told her it was great and it felt smooth. We both laughed at that as she said I probably meant that it drove more smoothly, not that it actually felt smooth. Her version makes more sense and is grammatically correct. Honestly, it’s what I meant to say, but my slip-up ended up being quite funny. Can you imagine taking your car in to the shop only to have it returned to you smoother? Almost as if it went in for a shave? “Here’s your freshly tuned up Prius, J.R. Now smooth as a baby’s bottom.”