My brother’s automotive tales are the stuff of legend and myth — chances are, if there’s a funky way to get through a situation with an automobile, he’s managed to find it. The latest story came to me yesterday morning after what turned out to be the first day with ice on the roads here in north Texas.
They use sand on the roads instead of salt, which is OK but rather messy after it melts. My brother was out driving the day after it all melted when he noticed that the trucks were kicking lots of sand onto his windshield and he couldn’t see. Naturally he kicked on the windshield washer. Of course, being as fastidious about auto maintenance as he is, it’s been maybe 8 to 12 months since he checked the fluid — as it happened, he was out.
By now the wipers had managed to smear things pretty good and he could hardly see at all, and he had to act quickly. So in his mind the next logical thing he thought of was to pop the sunroof — while still driving — pour the Dr. Pepper he was drinking down the front of the windshield, and turn the wipers back on.
For my brother this was a win/win: He solved his problem and didn’t have to stop. Though creative, I wouldn’t recommend this fix to anyone resembling a sane person.
The Lesson: check your fluids.