Minor Disaster Averted….Again
August 19, 2008 § 2 Comments
So, on Friday, I was all set to take the kids out shopping. And the car wouldn’t start. So, I jumped it. It started. I let it run for at least an hour and thought nothing more of it. I never went out anywhere.
Then, yesterday, I was in the process of loading the kids in the car and went to start it turn the AC. That’s right, it wouldn’t start. So, I figured we needed a new battery. So, hubby stopped at Walmart last night and picked up a new battery…to the tune of $100. He came home, installed it and started it. No problem. Hubby thought it best to take the car over this morning to have the car checked anyway.
So, I go out and start the car. It starts and I figured that this would be a wasted trip.
How wrong was I?
I drove down the alley and thought the car seemed sluggish. That would be because I was running off the battery. So, no AC, no power brakes, etc. At stop lights, I had to put it into park and keep my foot on the gas so that the engine wouldn’t stall. For three miles I did this. I prayed at every intersection for green lights. I mean, if the car was going to die, you know it would happen in the middle of a busy intersection…and I would have to put on the “SuperMom” costume and push my car to safety, with my twins in the back. I am sure with the half pot of coffee I drank, coupled with the adrenaline rush, I could have moved anything. But I didn’t have to.
I made it to the garage. I coasted in as the car was dying. It wasn’t the battery. It is the alternator. We were so lucky to even make it to the garage. I was still shaking by the time hubby came to my rescue. He brought me back home and I finally exhaled.
What else can go wrong???
I’m bleeding again. Joy. Really. Joy Friggin’ Joy!