As a last resort.....READ THE TAGS ON THE AUTO'S ENGINE!!!

@Loverbear (4928)
United States
July 22, 2012 3:05pm CST
I have a Subaru station wagon, and I absolutely love it! Unfortunately the other day either Bill or I didn't close the door tight on the car...and I crawled in it to start it and the battery was dead. No biggie, Bill brought down the charger and we got it running. I drove it a few miles to make sure that the charge took but we both noticed that the parking lights were blinking and wouldn't quit. We went over the car and couldn't find a way to make the parking lights quit. We pushed buttons, pulled fuses and yanked our hair out. Finally we gave up and disconnected the battery and Bill drove us to town. I called the man that sold me the car to see what could be done and he was out of town until Monday. No help there! It looked like we were going to have to take the car into the shop. I was losing sleep over how much it would cost to fix the car...my feeble mind was chalking up big bucks...hundreds of dollars that I couldn't afford to pay out. I didn't want Bill to fork over the cash either. Last night Bill went outside to get some fresh air, suddenly the air rang with Bill's voice calling me "Come out here and see this!!!" My mind went to rattle snakes, dead skunks, raccoons in the car, everything but anything good. Bill pointed to a yellow tag on the front of the engine. On that yellow tag was the statement that when the battery runs down the alarm system needs to be reset...this will eliminate the flashing parking lights. [b]DUH!!!]/B] Needless to say both Bill and I felt like complete idiots! He has been working over that tag for days, and he never stopped to read it. I went on line last night, accessed the site I needed to find for resetting the alarm system (OH by the way, the car also has an alarm system...I didn't know that!! Who reads owner's manuals anyway???) This morning Bill reattached all the battery cables and I turned on the engine and pushed the reset button and the car is fine!!! What a relief! My mind has settled down a lot and the calculator in my head zeroed out so I don't have to sweat trying to pay for getting the car fixed. When is the last time you bailed yourself out by reading the instructions? Did you feel as dumb as the two of us did?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
22 Jul 12
LOL, U TELL THE BEST STORIES, LOVE THEM. i HAVE ALWAYS HEARD WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS READ THE INSTRUCTIONS, LOL. i AM BAD NOT TO DO THAT. i'M SO GLAD U FOUND OUT WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS before u did take it into a shop. They charge u big bucks just to drive in.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
22 Jul 12
Lol..Wow, that is funny..I usually scan over a manual, but for a car, probably not, too much info for me to read, so I would make that same mistake..Glad to hear that you don't have to pay for service to your car..
@GardenGerty (95682)
• Marion, Kansas
22 Jul 12
I am sure I have done this, but it is not coming to mind right now. I am glad you had a good read. It will occur to you the nextt time to read the instructions when you get stumped.
• United States
22 Jul 12
I like to read the instructions at the beginning of doing anything. I hate having to dosomething over again from making one mistake. It was great that you gotyour handles for free.