Not long ago, my car began hesitating when I turned the ignition key. This was obviously worrisome to me. And then one day, it didn’t start at all. So I did what came naturally: I freaked out. Would I have to pay to have my car towed to a shop and have it looked at? I called my Dad, who always did all the car repairs when I was growing up. He assured me that all I needed was a new battery. I hoped he was right.
I called a friend who was gracious enough to come rescue me and help me make the switch. We disconnected and removed the old battery – negative (right) terminal first, then the positive (left) – took it to a local auto supply store, traded it out for a new one and drove back to my car. At my dad’s suggestion, I spent a few extra dollars for a couple of felt disks and some anti-corrosive battery terminal lube.
We set the battery into place, slid a felt disk over the positive (left) terminal, covered it with grease and connected it. We did the same thing to the negative (right) terminal, and then my friend turned a screw at the bottom of the battery to anchor it in.
And then the Moment Of Truth: I turned the ignition and my car started right up!
Hopefully, that’s the last car problem I’ll have for a long time. Fingers crossed.