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To have a sick day tomorrow (car related)

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Damonlufc88 Thu 28-Mar-19 18:55:23

Hi. We're a 1 car family and rely heavily on my car and I'm the only one able to drive. Passed my MOT 2 days ago. Car wasn't pulling right and engine management light was showing orange. That cleared after MOT, service and £480 lighter but its still not pulling right. It feels really heavy and no power.

We rely heavily as my son goes to special school and its not particularly close. I promised my youngest son we would go football this weekend. 90 miles one way. Looks like will have to catch 2 trains now if we do go.

I'm pissed that it "passed" it's MOT (I have the certificate) I don't want to go back to where it came from I think it needs a Vauxhall specialist but the closest is 12 miles away which will mean no work if I go tomorrow.

AIBU to be pissed about my car and have a sick day.

AJPTaylor Thu 28-Mar-19 18:56:11


PotteringAlong Thu 28-Mar-19 18:57:43

YANBU to be pissed off it passed its mot if it is not mechanically sound

YABU to ring in sick because of that.

QuestionableMouse Thu 28-Mar-19 18:57:49

Mot is literally only to check that it's safe to be on the road. It will not diagnose faults. YABU there.

dementedpixie Thu 28-Mar-19 18:57:54

Surely it's an annual leave/ unpaid leave day rather than a sick day?

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Thu 28-Mar-19 18:59:37

Um, what the what now?

You're having a sick day because you're pissed off that your car is not driving as well as you'd like?

Damonlufc88 Thu 28-Mar-19 18:59:55

I don't think i would take a sick day but I'm just pissed at the minute. We rely heavily on the car. If not I'll have to get it in Monday at a specialist. I can't exactly drive it 180 miles round trip Saturday with my 4YO

MancaroniCheese Thu 28-Mar-19 19:00:24

MOT is just a check of visible parts like brakes, lights etc, not a diagnostic fault find I am afraid.

ClaraTheClown Thu 28-Mar-19 19:02:32

You are pissed at the minute? Like, drunk? Or are you pissed OFF, like angry?

Either way, I wouldn’t pull a sickie if that’s what you mean, no. Could you ask for a half day AL?

MaidenMotherCrone Thu 28-Mar-19 19:02:50

Are you pissed off or pissed. If you are pissed do not drive that car!

Tomtontom Thu 28-Mar-19 19:02:57

You're asking if you should take a sick day then saying you don't think you will. Which is it?

Damonlufc88 Thu 28-Mar-19 19:03:15

It's a sick day to sort my sons transport out. Its not like I could nip out and drop it off really as its too much time away from site as I'm on 6-2 tomorrow. Ideally want the car back by Saturday but only a Vauxhall specialist could do that I imagine at short notice. I have no annual leave days left this year (April-April)

MaidenMotherCrone Thu 28-Mar-19 19:03:19

X post @ClaraTheClown smile

Proudirishnotpaddy Thu 28-Mar-19 19:04:10

Why do you need to take a sick day?

adaline Thu 28-Mar-19 19:05:20

The job of an MOT isn't to diagnose faults.

Proudirishnotpaddy Thu 28-Mar-19 19:05:38

Local garage should be able to diagnose it? I drop I e die. The night before and leave the key in a secure keysafe my garage has.

Proudirishnotpaddy Thu 28-Mar-19 19:06:03

Sorry. My iPad screen is cracked. I drop mine down

OscarWildesGreenCarnation Thu 28-Mar-19 19:06:05

No hols left, then unpaid leave, that's what I'd have to do. YABU to take a sickie, I do sympathise about the difficulty of it all, but if we all threw a sickie in similar circumstances, it'd be v v unfair on colleagues.... Sorry!

ClaraTheClown Thu 28-Mar-19 19:06:28

Well, don’t call it a sick day if you aren’t sick confused.

Your employer might let you have it though? Speak to them.

Proudirishnotpaddy Thu 28-Mar-19 19:07:08

How was your son going to get transported if you were at work? Since you’re the only driver?
I’m really confused.

EmmaC78 Thu 28-Mar-19 19:07:47

You are not sick so you can't take a sick day. It would need to be unpaid leave.

AnnieOH1 Thu 28-Mar-19 19:08:03

What car is it and what's actually happening? Didn't the MOT garage say anything at all?

Jellyfloodagain Thu 28-Mar-19 19:10:28

Can't you book the car into the garage after you finish at 2? Also how does your son get home if if you're in work?

AnnieOH1 Thu 28-Mar-19 19:10:37

Just to add, if it is diesel google whether it might be the egr valve, especially if you don't do a lot of motorway or long distance driving. They can get stuck with carbon which can be cleared sometimes just by hard driving or sometimes with fuel additive (£20 ish). It will make for a sluggish car that will randomly lose all power.

Bitchinwitch Thu 28-Mar-19 19:14:18

My ford did this a few weeks ago, I'd put my foot to the floor to accelate and it would do it soooooo slowly and would lose acceleration randomly, I drove like it for 2 weeks then took it in on my 2 days off to be fixed, back within a day as it was the glow plugs

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