I'm mourning a death today. It wasn't unexpected, just not as timely as I had hoped. My 17 year old car gave up the ghost in the drive-through line at Bojangles. A nice delivery man offered to push me put of the way pf the drive-through (Bless him!!) and AAA came to the rescue. My daughter and a granddaughter tried to jump the battery, but it was having none of it. Naturally, I had a car full of groceries.
The car was towed to my local repair place, but I have not heard from them yet, and it may be Monday before they can get to it. Luckily, I have no place I need to be for a while.
They called this morning, and the financial damage is not as bad as I feared. The battery terminals were badly corroded and needed to be replaced. I will pick up the car later today.
See: there was a silver lining after all.
On the way home, the battery light came on and stayed on. I needed to take it back to the repair shop, but my family was afraid for me to drive it, fearing it might stall out again. I had it towed to the shop. They said the alternator was not working well enough to keep the battery charged and they replaced it...at a cost of more than $500. Added to the charge for the battery terminals, I have now spent more than the van is worth (probably). BOOOOOOO! But, at least it runs now.