Damn winter….

Damn winter…

Well, this morning my 09 truck would not start, battery problem. So I used the 96 to get to work. Parking the 96 in the employee’s lot steam was emanating from beneath the hood. Upon opening the hood and closer examination  I found that the bushing on the water pump was leaking. I nursed it halfway home to Wally-World and purchased two gallons of 50/50 antifreeze mixture and a new battery for the 09. One gallon or the premixed antifreeze went in the vehicle and I nursed it home. I jumped the 09 with the new battery to get it started and drove it into the driveway. Changed out the battery and I hope it’s good to go in the morning. But probably all my radio stations were wiped because of the battery change.

Damn winter…. Too cold to replace the water pump, ( about #5 for that vehicle ), gonna have to take it to a garage and pay to have it done.

Damn winter…. Batteries will usually go when it’s either extremely cold or hot.

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Author: G.D.

I'm from Pensyltucky. Can trace my ancestry directly to whom the present day national anthem of Poland is written about. Presently repair slot machines at a casino.

9 thoughts on “Damn winter….”

  1. Friday is usually my errands day.  Wednesday I shoveled the car out from under a third of a metre of global warming in order to change the vignette on the windshield that permits you to drive on the autoroutes.  (Since there are no autoroutes in the mountainous parts of the country, the people who live there were opposed to funding them from a general or fuel tax, so you have to buy a sticker to drive on them.  A new sticker is required every February, and occasionally policiers will nab people at on-ramps if they don’t have one.  The sticker costs CHF 40/year.)

    So, today dawns and it’s been snowing all night and there’s another third of a metre of new global warming to shovel.  What’s worse, it just keeps on coming and faster.

    I decided to heck with it.  I have enough in the pantry to ride out the week-end and, if the snow keeps coming, I’ll just order from LeShop and let them figure out how to mush through the snowdrifts to get here.

    At least I got Saturday Night Science bashed into shape to post to-morrow evening.

    My car battery has survived this winter (barely—it manages a pretty slow “grinda grinda” when it’s cold), but I have two dead UPS batteries waiting to be recycled in the High Bay for when I can get through the snow to return them to their Maker.

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  2. When I lived in Pennsylvania when ever it got real cold I would hang a trouble light with a 100 watt bulb next to my battery. Never failed to start.

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  3. PhCheese:
    When I lived in Pennsylvania when ever it got real cold I would hang a trouble light with a 100 watt bulb next to my battery. Never failed to start.

    Good idea, but too far from my truck on the street to my house and my trouble light has a LED lamp in it. (LOL) I wonder how it would be at work if I wanted to park near the building to run an extension cord with a trouble lamp at the end for my vehicle, nawh just buy a new battery.

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  4. Gerry D:
    purchased two gallons of 50/50 antifreeze mixture and a new battery for the 09

    Wait, . . . without turning in an old battery at the time of purchase of the new one?  The idea is horrifying to me on account of the conditioning I have long undergone from the Cheapskate Estate Mechanic always to turn in an old battery (of which he maintains a supply for the purpose) in order not to get charged FIVE DOLLARS.  Just to hear about your spontaneous recklessness is exhilarating.

    Anyway, sorry you are having trouble.

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  5. It’s always nice to have a backup plan.  If the vehicles don’t start or the roads remain clogged, one can resort to this.  New Polish word for the day:  sanna, sleigh ride:

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  6. jzdro:
    It’s always nice to have a backup plan.  If the vehicles don’t start or the roads remain clogged, one can resort to this.  New Polish word for the day:  sanna, sleigh ride:

    Here in the Low Country of South Carolina we save use salt for our Margaritas rather than our roads. I do like your four “wheel” drive though.

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