Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Oil and Water

I am to a motor vehicle as oil is to water.  We do not mix.
Yesterday afternoon, I get in the car for a trip to the grocery store.  I turn the key and nothing happens.  Nothing! No radio.  No dashlights.  Nada.  Nothing.
My son decided to disconnect the battery cable and reconnect. 
The car started right up. 
Everything my son is learning about cars comes from his mother's oil and water syndrome.

This morning I attempted to make a run to the gas station for some caffeinated, bubbly goodness. 
 The car wouldn't start. 
This time I had lights, radio, etc but there was just a clicking sound instead of the engine starting.
 I tried the battery thing - just in case. It didn't work.
I looked through my Haynes manual to make sure it wasn't something other than a dying battery - which I bought 7 months ago. 
 I called my sister to come over and give me a jump start.
  The car started and all was right with the world until she said, "Is your tire flat?" 
Sure enough my right rear tire was incredibly low.  Thankfully, I was able to head to the gas station for air. 
 It was free.  I hate paying for air.
So now I need a new battery and a new tire(s).

The positives - and I hope I don't jinx myself here:
- The car started after being jumped.  No major (costly) mechanical failures.
- I have cans of caffeinated, bubbly goodness in the refrigerator. 
- I spent time outdoors while trying to get the car started.
- We had a little snow today, should have a little more Wednesday night. I like snow.


Cynthia said...

It's always something! Thank goodness for family. And as for your son developing some good "man skills" while playing the chivalrous knight- that's not so bad either! See? You are really just giving him an opportunity to grow and make a great spouse for some lucky woman in the future- the DISTANT future! LOL!

just call me jo said...

I just hate car problems. I want to jump in, turn the key, and ALWAYS have it run perfectly. Is that asking too much? I think not! Good luck. Maybe you have something pulling juice from a bad connection. It seems as if a battery should last longer than 7 mos. (even in AZ where the heat sucks it right out of 'em.) Just have another shot of the brown, caffeinated bubblies and hope for the best. I can't believe you stayed up til the end of the NASCAR race. Good girl!!