July 13 2007


You know, there are a lot of things I can do in this world.  I can assemble a brand new computer and have it on the network about ten minutes after UPS delivers it.  I can run two companies from the same desk.  I do a fair job at being a writer.  There is one place I fall flat on my face though.


I’m lucky if I can remember where the gas goes, let alone doing anything technical.  So imagine my fun filled week when my main car, a 1999 Chevy Tahoe, had it’s battery die on me.

Now, I am sure you are saying, “Duh, Sean!  Just get some jumper cables and jump it!”  I tried that.  I suck at jumping a car and I never got it started.

Next up was the battery charger.  A-ha!  After two hours of running it on the charger, I got it started!

Now, two days later, it is sitting at work… dead again.  I have NO clue what’s wrong with it, and no clue why the battery died again.  And to make life more fun, it has to make a run to the east coast starting on Tuesday.

I hate cars.

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  • Roy

    Sean, it’s called Google.

    OK, since you’re too lazy to look it up, I’ll tell you what to do. First of all, once the car battery dies it will never work as good as it did before. The battery is charged by the alternator when the car is in motion, however, if you don’t drive the car for long distances and just make 15 minutes drives to the supermarket the battery will drain down and die. When you jump the battery to get it going again, all you’re really doing is giving it enough juice to turn over the engine. To fully recharge the battery you have to drive around for a couple hours without turning off the engine. However, even that won’t return the battery to 100% once it has died. The best thing to do is to boost it again and drive to the nearest shop to get it checked out of buy a new battery.

  • What is this “google” you speak of?

    *sigh* I didn’t drive it for a long drive was probably the problem. Great… new battery for me I guess.

    Thanks Roy

  • Nik

    Yes, that’s exactly what I was going to tell you. Go get a new battery – a good one – with a lifetime warranty. If it goes out on you again for just about any reason, they’ll replace it for free – and you’ll be happy next time – if there is a next time. Trust me, after having my ’67 Mustang for 8 years, a lifetime warranty on a battery is a brilliant, brilliant thing.

    Batteries don’t last forever, they all have some sort of shelf life. It’s a good thing that it isn’t a major repair. I also had to get my starter, distributor, alternator, and solenoid fixed on that car at one time or another (…man, I loved that car) – but not at the same time, thankfully.

    …And don’t leave your lights on anymore! =P