Before Vince left, he showed me how to use the battery minder thing. He told me to either drive my car every 7 days or plug it into the battery minder. For his car, I can go 10 – 12 days without driving it. I watched Vince hook the battery minder up (kinda like using jumper cables), then he wanted me to do it. I didn’t even know how to raise the hood. He showed me that. Then I looked at all that stuff under the hood and said “NO! I’ll make sure I drive them enough.”
I’ve been doing pretty good but today would have been a week since I drove the Highlander and I am not going out with all that snow and ice because (1) I don’t want the gunk they spray on the roads on my car and (2) I don’t want it all dripping off in the garage so I called Vince and had him walk me through hooking up the battery minder.
I do not like doing this kind of stuff . . not one little bit.
I’ll have to drive his car by 1/9 or hook it up. I think Monday or Tuesday while it’s sunny, I’ll go for a ride. I think he told me to drive it for 15 minutes.
Another not fun thing about not having him here.
What’s weird is that his old pickup has an older battery than either one of the SUVs. Vince was here for five weeks and the truck wasn’t started and when he got home, it cranked right up. I think the Honda battery is not old but older than the Highlander battery which is probably six months old. Vince said he’d buy a new battery for the Honda before he left but I said no . . if I’m going to let one run down and have to be replaced, let it be an old battery . . not a new one. I know exactly how old the battery is in the Highlander. . we got it in to go out to eat on my birthday in June and it wouldn’t start. It was only six months old – it wouldn’t start when I was at the hotel in MO at the end of 2019 and I had to replace it. That battery was six years old. When we had to get a new battery in June, 2020, the guy at the battery place said “You have to drive that car at least 15 minutes every 7 days.” Our mechanic said “You can probably go 10 days” but Vince said . . do it every 7 days.
So, here I am having to keep two cars running. In the spring and summer, I hope Vince will be here, but I don’t mind driving then. In the winter, having to keep those batteries charged is interfering with my hibernation/isolation.