What everyone has stated so far is–of course–correct, and I especially agree with what ok4450 had to say. There are people who have convinced themselves that the mysteries lying beneath the hood of their car are…impenetrable…except to a skilled mechanic or perhaps an engineer. Against all reasoning, it seems they have convinced themselves that they simply cannot learn the tasks necessary. I call this willful ignorance.
On a similar note, years ago I worked with a woman who refused to share the coffee-making chores with the other members of the office. She would loudly exclaim, “I just don’t understand how to make coffee”!
One day, I responded by saying, “Dora, since you are fluent in three languages, managed to graduate from Syracuse University, and hold a Masters’ degree, I really think that learning how to make coffee is not beyond your abilities. I will teach you if you will follow me to the kitchen.” Then, sheepishly, she admitted that she was really just too lazy to do such menial work, although I believe that she used a term other than “lazy” to describe herself. Once again–willful ignorance, coupled with extreme laziness.
But, to return to cars and such, it even goes beyond just simple fluid and pressure checks. A few years ago, when I and some others pointed out to a woman on this board that she really needed to read her Owner’s Manual for the specifics regarding some feature on her car, her response was something along the lines of…those are written so that nobody except an engineer can understand them!
Since, in reality, Owner’s Manuals are written on an 8th grade reading level, so that any licensed driver should be able to understand them, the only two possible conclusions that I was able to come to regarding that woman were that either–she had very poor reading ability (effectively disproved, however, by her fairly literate writing style), or–much more likely–that she had never actually bothered to open the manual, and thus needed to rationalize this negligence on her part by telling herself that the manual was too technical for her to understand.
Yup! Willful ignorance strikes again.