More often, that is.
Our Memorial Day weekend started great. In fact, one of the things that my husband and I wanted to accomplish was to go and pick up that xbox 360 that we have pledged as a birthday gift to the son of my Brazilian friend. But, that did not happen. See? No matter how well laid out a plan is, if an unforeseen circumstance comes in between, it just ain’t going to happen.
Of all the days, it was the day that Cordie (our almost 6 year old Honda Accord V-6) chose to conk out. The battery died! Yes, an untimely death!!! The battery is only 15 months old. We replaced the almost 5 year old battery (the original unit that came with the car) in February 2008. Cordie is always serviced at the Honda Service Center, and as luck would have it, that Saturday when the battery died, the service at the dealership was closed and didn’t open till Tuesday. Gosh! Who could wait for that!
Off we called AAA to request a jump start or a tow whichever was needed. It turned out that the battery was completely discharged. The service guy from AAA recommended us to have the car checked. Of course with all the activities last weekend, we didn’t want to be stuck at home.
We had Cordie serviced at the nearby shop and just when we were told the battery is good and it just needed to be recharged, it suddenly died again. I already started to think it was a problem with the alternator, but thankfully it was not. We ended up replacing the battery.
It’s now working fine. This car is almost six years old (in September) and it is very rarely used, as the mileage is only 10,600 miles. The Mechanic emphasized the NEED for us to use the car more frequently to prevent FURTHER DAMAGE. I understand that an idle car greatly affects the life of the battery as well as the alternator. To prevent more electrical damage, we need to use it more often.
Now, I found a good reason to head out everyday to the Mall. The nearest mall happens to be only 1.5 miles away, but there’s also a Mall a little farther, about 7 miles away. What a great way to keep driving. 😀 Yeah, when gas prices are slowly creeping up again. But, I have to do what is needed, as my husband won’t want to bother driving to work. Who wants to deal with the Manhattan traffic anyway.