For the FIRST time ever. In 5 1/2 years, she’s always been reliable….
I love my car. She’s a 5 speed 2.3L with a shit and git motor. 183K miles and still acts like a spring chicken.
Yesterday….I had to go to one of our banks and close an account. On the way there, my battery light came on.
I thought this odd.
On the way back to work and all the way home, it didn’t come on again. I also noticed that she idled at a higher RPM than usual.
I told Nick about it on the way home. It’s a warning, he says.
When he started the car this morning, the light came on for him too. He then tells me it’s a warning I have MAYBE a month to get a new alternator installed.
Ok, no problem. When I get to work, I’ll start calling around for one.
I take off this morning…..I get 8 miles…..ALL MY GAUGES AND LIGHTS SHUT OFF!! And the heat…………..(oh crap….) But the car keeps running (Good GIRL!!)
I call Nick….he says to limp it to work, being careful at stoplights as she may kill. (Great)
I got 18 miles down the road and the car dies. The little red LOCKING light is FLASHING FURIOUSLY……But at least I got up the off ramp and could brake to a stop. I called Nick again.
It’s dead. Shut off. Nothing. Nada…..KaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaPUT.
Ok, I’ll throw a couple batteries in the van and be there soon.
35 minutes later………he arrives. I called our friend John to come help him. He arrived about 5 minutes before Nick did with a WARM CAR. I was froze. I jump in his car while he goes and gets the almost new battery out so Nick can put a charged one in and limp my baby home.
So now tonight, we’ll be putting an alternator in my car instead of visiting with Corvin.