Geesh! We get one thing fixed and now the Honda wants to get in on the act! After towing 7 hours yesterday, we pulled into the Walmart parking lot and kept the car hooked up to the RV. Unfortunately, our mistake was to not run the car around town a bit...but, hey! We were exhausted! You know where this is going, dontcha? What's happening, in my not so tech savvy car knowledge, (where are the Car Talk Magliozzi brothers when you need them?) is something is pulling down the juice of the car battery little by little. It's a two year old battery, but it could be dying a little, who knows? Fortunately, the battery was fine last night, but unfortunately, it must have been a little low. It's possible we are getting a dead battery for two reasons--the manual suggests pulling a radio accessory fuse for long tows (we don't), and we don't run the car enough between two days of long towing. The fuse thing in the manual is almost an afterthought the way they suggest it, and they don't say how long "long" is, and it's a huge pain to pull the fuse. But, it's an even bigger pain in the butt to charge the car, so I guess I better start being smarter and not so stubborn about the towing procedure.
Fortunately, this morning the car started right up, we packed up, got on the road, and after about four hours, Eldy and I decide to pull into a rest stop. And now, I, being leery of the battery just possibly running down, attempt to start the car. Unfortunately, it was DEAD! AGAIN! Arrrrrgggghhhh! Eldy said, "Whatever you do, DON'T SHIFT THE CAR OUT OF NEUTRAL!!!!" (So we can move it if we have to.) UNFORTUNATELY, I panicked upon seeing that the car was dead and shifted out of neutral--whoops! Now we are stuck where we are, which was in a rest stop (fortunately), and I'm gonna have to redo the transmission procedure. But first, we have to jumpstart the car. Unfortunately, the new battery charger we just got last week, which I lost for about a week (a re-occurring theme in this household) was still not fully charged up because it was buried in the ceiling high mound of belongings in the car (story for another day) and it didn't have enough power to do the job. Fortunately, the car was in a good position for someone to come alongside for a jump start. I go into the rest stop, and Holey Moley! It's a STAFFED rest stop...Indiana is way behind the times (and money, of course) on this one. Fortunately, I was able to sweet talk an employee into jumpstarting the car. It starts right up at the first crank, so it couldn't have been too dead. Whew! By the way, Alabama has beautiful rest stops, very large and spacious. We oughta know, we spent quite a bit of time in them today.
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