So, here we are. Literally six months after my last exciting and promising story. I’ll officially classify that as a bummer.
Back in January we experienced some pretty intense lows and the dodge decided that after it hit -18 degrees that it was done. Just done. I then experienced what I can best describe as the worst case of Seasonal Affective Disorder I’ve ever experienced.(also I’m not exactly sure its a thing as much as just “it’s dark and cold all the time and I’m bummed out”) So finally it got warmer and I was ready to get the dodge started again. But it didn’t, and then I moved on.
I would hook the car on the charger, charge the battery, turn it over, and walk away. Each time making virtually zero progress and losing more hope, and more importantly losing interest.
Finally I got some time off of work, the temperatures increased and I set two goals for myself. Get the Dodge started and fix a recently cracked sidewalk.
I charged the battery once again, turned it over, added gas, turned over again, added starting fluid and finally got the car started again. But boy, it was running BAD. I said to myself ‘these unknown aged spark plug wires need to go.” So off to the parts store I went, and purchased a generic cut your own spark plug wire set. This is a new concept to me, I’ve never cut plug wires before, how do I even know if I cut them or crimp them correctly. Who knows! Lets give this a go.
Car started again, this time worse. But hey! Started! I then proceed to call the parts store up again and special order a new distributor cap, they say it’ll be there on Monday.
Oh yeah, my car has a habit of being a Frankenstein. The distributor never arrived(they had no records of it being ordered either, which was mysterious) but when I said “well, lets order it since I’m here” they say “there are four available, which brand distributor do you have” … … I give up.
A month or so later
I just can’t stand looking at this poor girl every day and not doing something about it. So I buy a new battery charger(deciding that my father’s loaner is just not up to the task anymore) I plug it into one of the two batteries I have and it pops up a message (reversed polarity) WHAT? I plug the charger into the other battery, charge it for 10 hours and it reads 6.85 volts(that’s more than enough for a six volt car, right?) Nope. I now own two completely useless six volt batteries.
I finally venture back to the parts store with a battery and say ‘I think this is broken, it won’t take a charge’ They test it, they agree that it is garbage and immediately swap my battery for a brand new one, free of charge.
Liam and I return home and enjoy some Popeye’s Chicken. Which I should note was quite delicious. But I don’t want to build up my excitement for a new battery too much, so I take my time.
Finally, I wire the new battery up and the darn car turns over like a champ. It even starts. The doggone thing finally started again.
But it is running bad. Really bad. Seems that a lot of the little things I’ve done to tweak the car in the last six months have just taken it back two steps.
After a little more fussing and feuding I actually have it up and idling. The idle is rough as nails and somebody is going to have to come over and flip that magic switch that puts her back in her place. But either way I’m past my winter blues and I’m ready to start updating again.