March 8th, 2015

Alfa MiTo

My car runs on Bowser Oil!

This had to be done.

Silliness and too much Mario Kart playing aside, time for the monthly car check. I forgot to post about it, but having finally picked up suitable oil at the start of February I topped up the car with about 250ml which took it most of the way to max on the dipstick. Yes, I know in January I said it was down to half-way - the level had gone up a bit since then and was at around two-thirds full or so in February.

This time the oil had only dropped to about four-fifths full so I left it for now. In any case it's sipping oil at a lower rate than what the book states so it's not an issue. Everything else was still fine - brake fluid is full, screen wash was topped up a bit, coolant's fine, tyres were the usual air-loss-while-wrestling-with-the-hose 0.05 bar down. Possibly I should get a separate pressure meter instead of using the one in the compressor, though that requires finding one that's actually accurate (the spring-loaded mechanical stick ones look good, but are too inaccurate to be any use).

Distance covered is quite a bit up on January. Between 4th January and 1st February I did 283 miles, and between 4th February and today I've done 375 miles. Still massively down compared to the first month and a half wherein I clocked up around a thousand miles - but then I was driving up to Horsham more frequently for board games, Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who nights, not to mention the Fareham → Newick drive I did having only had the car for two weeks!