He has a magic bottle...
May 5, 2012 10:51 PM Subscribe
What the heck is wrong with my neighbor's car?
posted by Weeping_angel to travel & transportation (8 answers total)
I live in a fairly large apartment complex. My balcony faces the parking lot. Every time one of my neighbors goes out to start his car, it fails to start right up. It makes the vr-vr-vr noise, but doesn't turn over. Every time this happens, he gets a bottle of something out of his trunk, pops the hood, fiddles a little bit (opens something? I can't see that side of his car), pours a little bit of the magic bottle stuff in and tries to start it again. He usually has to pour stuff in and try to start it several times before it finally turns over. It's a bottle about the size of a bottle of cooking oil, and the contents are pale yellow. Each time he pours it in, he doesn't use very much. Last time, the bottle started at less than half full, he pored it in four times and there was still about 2 inches of stuff left in the bottle. When the car finally does start, there is always a cloud of white smoke that comes out of the exhaust pipe and when he drives away there is a (noticable from outside the car) metally grinding noise.
A few weeks ago, it seemed like he had gotten it fixed, but lately he's back to the same routine. It's an older looking Honda LX. I'd just ask him, but I never see this guy in normal life and I don't want want to be some crazy lady yelling at a stranger from her balcony. The curiousity is killing me! What is wrong? And what's the magic bottle? Any ideas?