Salt and Battery

Sorry for the pun-ny title again!  Like our new diet, this post is really low/no salt.  It’s just a followup on our Monday car adventures and has nothing to do with heart stuff so feel free to stop here.

My plan had been to get contact AAA on Tuesday for either a jumpstart or tow but it was one of those icy/cold/freezing rain days so I put it off until Wednesday.  I didn’t really have anywhere to go, anyway.

Wednesday morning, I tried my car again, just in case.  Nothing.  I tried DH’s car, too.  If his worked, I might follow the tow truck and use that.  Nothing for his, either.  It hadn’t been driven since it came home from the ER.  <sigh>

I used my AAA app to contact them and sat in the car to wait.  I didn’t want to rile Mimi up any more than necessary. Joe, the Advanced Automotive driver dispatched by AAA called DH about 15 minutes later to say that he was about 2 minutes away.  I’m not sure why he didn’t call me, though.

He took a look under the hood and asked me the usual questions if I’d left the lights on (DUH), had been listening to the car radio while waiting, etc.  I have way too much experience from living in Milwaukee to run down a battery like that.

He gave it a short boost and the car started.  Hooray!  He asked me to turn it off and start it again.  Nothing.  Another jump and another start.  He checked the alternator.  That was fine.

He had three options: tow the car to a mechanic, get a jump start and drive to a mechanic or he could replace the battery for $125.  A no-brainer, I chose replace the battery.  He said it would be about 30 minutes, so I went back inside.

After about 10 minutes, he knocked on the door – and riled up the dog, just what I was trying to avoid – and said he’d never replaced the battery on a Cruiser.  To do so, he’d have to remove the air filter and several hoses.

I went out and took a look.  The hoses looked fairly important so I told him I’d go with the second option – jumpstart and drive to the mechanic. I was very impressed with his honesty.

I finally got to Fair Oaks Chantilly Chrysler without incident, checked in and hunkered down with my iPad and coffee.  90 minutes later, they told me everything had checked out and they had a new battery.  Their’s was only $120 – unfortunately, all the other electrical checking was another $175 😦  Still worth it to have a car that starts.

A quick stop at Walmart for essential dog food and home to find DH napping.  Time for a nap myself!

Another Not-So-Stellar Monday


This Monday, February 18, started off just fine.  The problems started when DH tried to fill out the online forms for the cardiologist.  He tried 4 times.  The form never saved, the continue button didn’t continue, the information was lost each time.

So, we decided to go at 2PM for the 3:30 appointment to allow plenty of time to fill out the forms in the office.

We gathered up a bag of meds, a bag of vitamins, all the medical records and got into the car.  The car wouldn’t start.  The horn, radio and lights worked so it’s probably not the battery.

We called a friend who was unavailable but she called her husband who came and picked us and all our stuff up. We headed out Route 66 and traffic was slow, especially for heading east on a holiday.  There was an accident at the 495 exit so we got off an exit early and went that way.

We got to the appointment at 2:45 – plenty of time.  Except that it turned out that the appointment was in a different office.  DH had made the appointment for the office 10 minutes away from our house and had forgotten.

So…we gathered up all that stuff and called a cab.  The driver got there in about 10 minutes and we got in.  First thing I noticed – the driver had cologne on.  Instant headache for me.

He went a way I wouldn’t have gone, possibly to raise the rate, or not.  We got to the Fair Oaks office – right next to the ER where this adventure started 3 weeks ago – by 3:20PM, early for the appointment.

DH got the forms filled out in record time.

Tomorrow, I deal with my car, after my headache is completely gone.