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To clarify:

My battery died Thursday morning.  I'm not sure how - there was no reason for it - the parking lights were left on (I have no recollection of this happening), and the battery drained.  Unfortunately, Miata batteries, once drained, stay dead.  I thought I had saved this one by judicious use of a trickle charger, but apparently, the battery bleeds power like a severed jugular vein, so no matter how much charge went in, as soon as the solar charger lost sunlight, the power seeped away, and viola!  Dead as a doornail this morning.

Bob jumped (the car), and I have the charger, and I'm parked in sunlight, so I should be able to get to the dealership (because of course, no-one carries Miata batteries except the dealership) this afternoon - before doing the other stuff I needed to do today.

I am not pleased by this development, especially since a new battery had to be put in only a few months ago.  Clearly, my subconscious hates me.

I am going to the post office later - there is one more box that still needs some stuff, so that will go out later in the week.  So, everyone except Kass, if you were expecting something from me (and a couple who weren't), your packages are going out today.

I will get out of this bad mood soon, I suppose.  I just don't want to be where I am, and I want to be working on other things.  Work just gets in the way - except for when that tasty, tasty paycheck arrives.

Blech.  Ciche, cliche, blahblahMonday, blah.


Aug. 18th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
I've long had a battery-killing problem with my Honda. Fortunately, it doesn't have the "drain once, replace immediately" problem, and replacements aren't that difficult to find, anyway, but it's annoying.

Apparently someone decided that the Honda Del Sol required no "battery protection" features of any kind. You can leave your lights on, turn off the engine, remove the key, and get out, all without the least indication from the car that you're doing something you'll regret later.

A Honda Odyssey will chime if you turn the engine off while the lights are on. A Subaru will simply turn the lights off if you turn the car off completely. Many other cars will turn off their lights after a short delay.

A Del Sol apparently wants to strand you.

What were the designers thinking?
Aug. 19th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
I had a Nissan truck like that. It ping-pinged at you any time the door was open, but there was no difference between "the door is open and the lights are still on" and "the door is open." So, I did run down my battery a lot. Often. Once a week at least. Then, I asked my mechanic to do some creative re-wiring of the ignition switch so that the lights turned off automatically when the ignition was turned off. That was so much better!

I'm afraid I'm one of those people who needs an idiot-proof car. I can drive one just fine, but as far as maintenance, and things like remembering to turn off the lights . . . I'm a disaster.

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