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And then I changed my car battery

 Written by    March 12, 2011

There is something truly horrifying about turning the ignition of your car, only to have all the lights on the dashboard illuminate, slowly fade, and then die completely.

Dying car batteries happen.  It’s just one of those things, you know.  Like paying taxes.  Or bad sequels to excellent movies.  Invariably, at some point (often in an inconvenient, unexpected time) car batteries die.

I suppose I knew this was coming.  My car had been warning me for awhile that this would happen (she died earlier this year, but got going again and has behaved ever since).  But it was still sad when the battery actually went down for the count.

At this point, I had several options.  I could call a towing company to come get the car and take it to a mechanic, but that sounded expensive.  Besides, my car was in a garage- not ideal for towing.  And double besides, my father and I had changed this car’s battery years ago in high school.  So it couldn’t be all that hard, right?

Well, you should know that I am not a mechanic.  And before you mention my chosen major of Mechanical Engineering, I should point out that I know a lot more about jet engines, power plants, and cantilevered beams than anything relating to a car.

Thankfully, I have the internet!  A quick google search of “How change car battery” got me several excellent results.

It’s a very straightforward process, provided you have a good set of socket wrenches and a new battery.  Thankfully, one of my friends at OSU was willing to drive me to a nearby automotive store to get the required parts.  One (painfully) pricey car battery, one new socket wrench set, and about twenty minutes of finagling while my friend held a flashlight later, voila!  My car was good as new!

I know it doesn’t sound like much.  But it felt good to fix something for myself.

Take care,


One Response

  1. Avatar Ana says:

    As a female trying to navigate the automotive world (I bought my first car this past summer), it’s refreshing to hear from a fellow do-it-yourself-er. Too often I’m told, “Just take it to a mechanic” when I know I could do it myself! Thanks for the inspiration.

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