Friday, January 28, 2011

When the day starts with a dead car battery, go back to bed

What a thrill it was to turn the key in the car this morning and hear complete silence. There was not even an attempt to start. Of course, the car was parked just far enough in the garage to not allow me to lift the hood up so I had to push it out of the garage in neutral. I’m not sure why I was in a rush to see how many months past the three year warranty I had gone but I was curious. The answer is 6 months. I had the 3 year replacement battery from Advance Auto and it lived for 3 years and 6 months. It’s amazing that they have engineered a product to allow it to only last long enough to void the warranty.

Since this was my second 3 year and a few months battery in this car, I went to Walmart for the new one. Now I have another 3 year warranty battery and the battery industry is $89 richer. That means I am committed to have this car for at least 3 more years. We’ll see if the car makes it that long. Side note – can car manufactures make removing and replacing a battery a bit more difficult? We’re not far off from having to take a workshop to figure this crap out not to mention the variety of tools you have to have.

Usage: Rolling Ratings<br />Story: Auto Batteries<br />Brand: EverStart<br />Model: Maxx-78S<br />CU: 5148-0015<br />Purpose: ID<br />Photographer: Pete Pezzella

So, trouble loves trouble and the new dog also decided that today would be a good day to be sick. She also decided to jump in the back seat of the car and upchuck all over it. Great times. She seems to be doing better now but is mighty puny and fussy after being injected multiple times and filled up with steroids to calm down her allergic reaction to her vaccinations which she got when she went in for a sore paw. All I know is that the checking account is about $110 lighter now.

Finally, I’ve had to give in to the fact that I am coming down with a cold or something more than a cold. I’m not sure what this is going to develop into at this point. I’ve taken two of the Zicams so far but it is probably too little, too late. I’ve been trying to convince myself since Wednesday afternoon that my “not feeling quite right” was really nothing and it would pass. Dumb me.

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