Filling the Tank with Gas 在加油站加汽油

          

波特女士: 请把汽油加满。

柯柏科先生:波特女士,您是在“自我服务”的地方。如果您要我替你加汽油的话,请您把车开到那个标有“周到服务”的道上。

波特女士: 哦,柯柏科先生,我忘了。我已经习惯把车开到这里,因为我经常在这里自己加汽油,这样的话可以省一些钱。但是今天我要去招工面谈,穿整齐了,又不想把衣服弄髒。让我把车开到“周到服务”的地方来。

柯柏科先生:我知道您是使用无铅汽油,但是我忘记了你是不是使用高燃烧值的还是使用普通的无铅汽油。

波特女士: 通常我是使用普通无铅汽油,可能我应该使用高燃烧值的,你说呢?最近我的车在跑的时候有点不给力。

柯柏科先生:我想您还是继续使用普通的啦。您的车还不到必须使用高燃烧值的汽油的时候,花大价钱也不一定会有什么效果。您的车不给力的话,可能是因为您的车好久没有做保养了。我记得您上次把车放在这里让我们检修,那已经是很久以前的事了。

波特女士: 好吧,那我还是继续使用普通的汽油好了。下个礼拜的什么时候,我会把车车开到这里做一下维修。是不是可以请你替我检查一下机油?

柯柏科先生:       (服务员检查机油。) 只在“满”下面一点儿。如果要加的话,还不需要一罐机油。可能您就这样开着吧,等您下礼拜来的时候一起弄好了,我们会替你换机油,一定会把机油加满的。

波特女士: 这个主意不错。你既然已经打开车盖,那就麻烦你检查一下散热水箱里的水和电池,好吗?我已经很久很久没有查这些了。

柯柏科先生:散热水箱没问题,但是您的电池缺水。这里不能缺太多的水,不然的话,哪天早晨您的车就不能发动了。好了。这样,你就可以多用一段时间了。啊呀,我忘记检查你散热器里的温度了,让我现在来查一下吧。

波特女士: “散热器里的温度”,这是什么意思啊?

柯柏科先生:冬天就要到了,我们需要保证您的散热器能够经得起寒冷的温度。我把这个测量仪器放进去散热器的水里,我就可以知道到多冷这水都不会结冰。实际上它能测量散热水箱里面的水经过去年冬天,还有多少有效的防冻液。看来还是可以的。这仪器告诉我,在零下15度以前,你不会有任何问题。我们这里从来就不会那么冷的。

波特女士: 不好意思,你替我查了那么多地方,我还想再请你替我检查一下轮胎的气压,可以吗?前面两个轮胎应该是29磅压力,两个后轮胎是应该32磅。

柯柏科先生:(服务员打完了气,也加好了汽油。)现在请让我把您的挡风玻璃擦一擦干净,这样的话,您就全好了,可以去您的招工面谈了。

波特女士: 你是否知道怎样才能从这里上到洲际高速公路?我平时都是乘公共汽车到城里去的,只是在这附近开车,我对这里的一些路不熟。

柯柏科先生:简单,波特女士。左转,过两个街口,再右转上斯保尔富达街,开四分之三英里。上洲际公路的路口有标志,您不会错过的。

波特女士: 一共多少钱?

柯柏科先生:一共才20美元。(她给他一张20美元的钞票。)波特女士,小心开车,不要忘记下礼拜再把车拿来作保养。


讨论问题

1.      在加油站里,“自我服务”区和“周到服务”区有什么区别?

2.      使用高燃烧值的汽油的目的是什么?

3.      除了加汽油以外,柯柏科先生还给波特女士的车提供了什么服务?

4.      为什么她没有自己加汽油?

5.      你怎么知道什么时候需要加机油?

6.      为什么汽车里的散热器和电池需要水?

7.      除了散热器和电池,在汽车盖下面还有什么东西?

8.      散热器里的防冻液是干什么用的?

9.      你知道你的汽车轮胎的压力应该是多少?

10.   洲际公路和普通道路有什么区别?

11.   在你居住的地方,汽油有多贵?

12.   你的汽车对每公升汽油可以跑多少公里?




Ms. Porter: Fill it up, please.

Mr. Kobak: You’re at the self-service island, Ms. Porter. If you want me to fill your tank, you’ll have to pull over to the lane marked “full service”.

Ms. Porter: Oh, Mr. Kobak, I forgot. I pulled in here out of force of habit, I suppose. I usually fill the tank myself in order to save money. But today I’m dressed for a job interview, and I don’t want to take the chance of getting my clothes dirty. I’ll pull over to the full service island.

Mr. Kobak: I know that your car takes unleaded gas, but I forget whether you buy regular or high-octane no-lead.

Ms. Porter: I usually get the regular, but perhaps I should try the high-test. What do you think? The car has been a bit sluggish lately.

Mr. Kobak: I think you should stick with the regular. Your car doesn’t really need the higher octane, so it wouldn’t pay for you to get the more expensive kind. Your car has been sluggish because it’s been too long since your last tune-up. I remember when you left it here to be worked on. That was months ago.

Ms. Porter: Okay, I’ll stick with the regular, and I’ll bring the car in for some servicing in a week or so. Would you check the oil, please?

Mr. Kobak: (The attendant checks the oil.) It’s just a little below the “full” mark. It won’t take a whole quart. Perhaps you should let it go until you come in next week. We’ll change your oil then and fill it up.

Ms. Porter: Good idea. While you’re under the hood, would you mind checking the water in the radiator and in the battery? It’s been ages since I last checked them.

Mr. Kobak: The radiator’s all right, but this battery needs some water. You don’t want to let this level get too low. Some morning you’ll wake up and the car won’t start. There. That should hold you for a while. Uh-oh, I forgot to check the temperature level in our radiator. I’d better do that now.

Ms. Porter: What do you mean “the temperature level”?

Mr. Kobak: Winter will be here in no time, so we have to be sure that your radiator water can withstand the freezing temperatures. This gauge I’m putting into the water will tell us how low the temperature can go before your water turns to ice. It’s actually a measure of the amount of antifreeze left in your tank from last winter. It looks okay to me. It says that it would have to get down to fifteen below before you had a problem. It never gets that cold around here.

Ms. Porter: I hate to ask after all you’ve done, but do you think you could check the tires too? The front ones need twenty-nine pounds of pressure and the rear ones need thirty-two.

Mr. Kobak: (The attendant fills the tires with air and finishes pumping the gas.) I’ll clean off this windshield now, and you’ll be all set for your interview.

Ms. Porter: Do you know the best way for me to get to the interstate highway from here? I usually take the bus into the city and save my driving for these suburban roads, so I don’t know my way around town too well.

Mr. Kobak: Sure thing, Ms. Porter. Turn left and go two blocks. Then turn right onto Sepulveda and go three-quarters of a mile. The entrance to the interstate is well marked. You can’t miss it.

Ms. Porter: How much do I owe you?

Mr. Kobak: That’ll be twenty dollars even. (She hands him a twenty-dollar bill.) Drive carefully, Ms. Porter, and don’t forget to bring your car in next week.



Discussion Questions

1.      At a gas station, what is a self-service island? A full-service island?

2.      What is the purpose of using a high-octane gasoline?

3.      Besides filling the tank, what service did Mr. Kobak perform for Ms. Porter?

4.      Why didn’t she pump her own gas?

5.      How do you know when your car needs oil?

6.      Why do the radiator and the battery in a car need water?

7.      Besides the radiator and the battery, what else is “under the hood”?

8.      What is the job of antifreeze in a radiator?

9.      Do you know what psi (pounds per square inch) of air your tires need?

10.  What is the difference between an interstate and a regular road?

11.  How much does gasoline cost where you live?

12.  How many miles (kilometers) does your car go on a gallon (liter) of gas?

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