Well I have learned that the transmission leak in my van is serious.  Fixing it would require taking out the transmission, a costly job.

My plan is to fill it with trans fluid, then only drive it two or three times a week when i need to do laundry or raining or something, then bike the rest of the time.  A half quart of transmission fluid is enough to get me through the day.

Oh yeah…and save up the money I won’t be spending on gas for a new car.

I was kind of proud of myself this morning.  I made a funnel for the trans fluid out of an envelope.  A thick one like you get a greeting card in.  Paper funnels cost money (and I don’t like a greasy, noxious smelling plastic funnel in the van with me day and night so this is a good development. So if you want to try this, (w0rks for adding oil too) you just cut a very little bit off the corner of the envelope and open it up.  If you want you can also  cut a a little off the edges of the envelope for ease of use.  Then, if the place the trans fluid goes in is small (my fluid goes in where the dipstick goes in) put the envelope into the hole, then poke your finger in there so the funnel sort of molds to the right size.  I’m sure every vehicle is a bit different so experiment and find out what works best for you.

I am trying to give up coffee again.  This time, I’m starting by taking a caffeine pill so I can get myself out of the coffee habit.  It’s hard.  I love the warmth.  Today I had some herbal tea.  It’s not the same.  Anyway…I will cut down on the caffeine tablets a little at a time.  The reasons I don’t want to drink coffee are 1.  I don’t like being addicted to anything, and I’m addicted to caffeine.  2.  I have to put a lot of sugar and milk (or substitute) into my coffee to make it taste like I want (and yuck no, I can’t drink it plain!) and it adds up to a lot of calories…more than I want for a non-nutritious drink.




About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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