Actress has to call a mechanic for help

Denise Richards almost missed her own birthday lunch because she was having car trouble.

The actress, 39, was on her way to meet pals in LA when her Cadillac Escalade broke down.

A frustrated Denise was snapped opening the bonnet to try to identify the problem.

Fortunately, a mechanic eventually arrived and she was able to get back on the road.

Denise has kids Sam, 5, and Lola, 4, with ex-husband Charlie Sheen.

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