So the day before we came on our road trip, I took the car into Jiffy Lube for an oil change. Coupon in hand, I was determined to get in and out of there in under $30. Ha! I guess I’m just a sucker for “upgrades” or something because I always leave $60 poorer… Anyways, this time I was determined.
Turns out our safety and emissions was due at the end of the month, as well as our registration… Sooo $190 later, I had an oil change, a clean air filter, a new registration sticker and the peace of mind that my car was “safe” for the 800 mile drive to California.
Fast forward to two days ago, and I go to start the car, and it putters and dies…. My parents were at work, I didn’t know any of our neighbors, and our car was dead… No bueno!
So we go on our merry way, hopping that we just accidentally killed the battery by leaving the light on over night or something (even though we knew we didn’t)
The next day I go out to give my younger sisters a ride to band camp and low and behold, the car is dead. What are the odds our nice neighbor would be out washing his car again… Not so good…
Luckily my older sister was coming out to spend the day with us, so she jumped our car, and off to Auto Zone we went.
Anywho, we went to Auto Zone and he checked our alternator and battery. Alternators good (phew)… battery, not so good… S0 we had to get a new one. We went with the 5 year warranty so it ended up costing about $100. Not bad.
You would think with a new battery, our car would be happy? Nope. Our ABS light is now on….
Moral of the story? Safety and Emissions…. useless