I wrote recently about the letter we received from SEAT, which asked us to bring the Tincar in to be checked.
The letter said that “the brake servo pipes may be prone to cracks, in which event the vacuum assistance for the power brake system may be affected”.
Today was the day of our appointment, and Mrs Tin duly turned up at the garage. “Don’t worry,” said the mechanic cheerfully, “we’ve had dozens of these in, and I haven’t seen a cracked one yet.”
Do I really need to say what happened next?
He checked it out, uttered a Miley-like “well, Holy God” (sorry, overseas readers, that won’t mean a whole lot to you), and confirmed what we had always suspected, that the Tincar is unexpectedly unique.
So unexpected, in fact, that the garage doesn’t actually have any replacement kits in stock. They’ll ring us, and in the meantime they’ve sent us back out on the road.
As a blogger I’m obviously thrilled by all this, as it has filled my post for today. In my slightly less important role as a parent, however, I’m a bit concerned about us ferrying three kids around in a car with all the stopping ability of a snooker ball on an ice-rink.
Apparently I shouldn’t be worried. The people who assured us that there was a very small chance of cracks appearing in the system have assured us that there’s very little chance of such cracks really affecting the vacuum assistance of the power braking system, which in turn would have almost no chance of actually rendering the brakes as effective as an umbrella in an avalanche.
Comforting, isn’t it?