‘Twas the day before Christmas and dumped outside our door
Was a 10 year old Astra whose engine was poor.
The mechanics were all getting ready to leave
But it was pushed in the workshop with a reluctant heave
Their tools were all nestled all snug in their chests
But the boss said it wasn’t quite time to go yet
So they opened the bonnet with no hint of a smile
And said ‘It looks like me might still be here for a while’
They cranked over the engine to see what’s the matter
And it coughed into life with an almighty clatter
The workshop soon filled with a haze of blue smoke
And they looked at the boss like it must be a joke.
The customer phoned and was eager to hear
If their Astra might live to at least the New Year
They wanted to visit relations afar
But this wouldn’t be possible without their dear car.
In the workshop the mood was beginning to sour
They wanted to be on their way in an hour!
James pulled out the dipstick and soon began to grin
“The engine’s filled with oil right up to the brim!”
A call to the owner and our fears were proved right
He’d poured in a whole gallon the previous night.
The poor engine was full to the top of its head
Another few miles and it would likely be dead
At the prospect of leaving they leapt into action
The oil was drained and with great satisfaction
A new filter fitted and engine refilled
With the right amount added and not a drop spilled
A few puffs of smoke and in 5 minutes time
The engine was purring and sounding just fine
The mechanics did share a look of relief
And they hoped that their time left at work would be brief
A quick spin round the block and all was still well
No clatter, no smoke and no nasty smell
With customer called and on way to collect
And a bill so much smaller than the national debt
Our work here now done and the workshop floor scrubbed
The technicians are all heading off to the pub.
The Astra is heading straight back to its house
And the workshop is almost as quiet as a mouse.
As the boss sits alone and reflects on the day.
His thoughts turn to Christmas and of going away.
He remembers a lesson as he sits by the heater
WHEN YOUR OIL IS LOW, ALWAYS ADD JUST A LITRE!