I’ve left the car lights on all day at work–forgot to turn them off when I got here this morning–and now it’s dead, dead, dead. Poop. I just went out and turned the lights off, and now I’ll see if it settles down enough to turn the engine in an hour or so. Otherwise I’ll have to call AAA.
Hey baglady, it happens to the best of us. One time it happened to my girlfriend on my birthday. She was supposed to pick me up and take me to some sort of surprise. Of course, she had left her lights on and her car wouldn’t start. ah well.
I did worse - I left the map light on in my car last year right before going to England. That sucker was on for over a week. Completely wiped the battery out. I had to take it into a shop and replace the battery. It may have been my fairy godmother looking out for me though - when I took it in, I had them do a general checkup and one of the tires had a goose-egg on it.
Yes Demo, it has been two days and Baglady still has not been able to come home. We (the royal we) miss her terribly but her ordeal has no end in site. How she will ever make the two-mile trek home from work we have not yet figured out. These are dark times in the bagfusciatrist household.
Actually, she called AAA and they came and charged her battery for her. The upside to this is that she no longer gets to tease me for the time I drained the battery in Fort Bragg (CA) during a weekend road trip.
My Jeep has sensors that turn on the headlights when it gets dark outside and turns off a minute afetr i shut the engine off. You can also switch it on like “commoner” headlights. ::maniacal laughter::
I used to leave the lights on at times in my Honda. had that car 8 years killed the battery 5 maybe 6 times. Every time it happened I’d recharge it with a real battery charger took about 6 hours. Damn I miss that car.MTS
I saw a neat toy to prevent thia in a Miata accessories catalog the other day. It’s basically a voltmeter that sits on the battery. If the voltage (or is it amperage?) drops below a preset threshold, it disconnects the battery to prevent further drain until it’s reset. The idea is no matter how long you leave the lights on, it shuts everything down for you while there’s still enough juice to restart the car.
I keep promising myself to pick one up one of these days…
Whoever invented the mechinism that dings when you leave your keys in the ignitian and open the door or leave the lights on and open the door should be knighted. I don’t care if he/she’s an American, it’s the greatest invention ever. I can’t count the number of times it has saved my tookus.
I, on the other hand, have AAA because I lock my keys in my car at least every 6 months. It got so bad that I bought one of those magnetic key holders and put a spare key under my wheel well. Then I lost my keys, had to use the spare to drive, found my keys, and didn’t put the spare back in the magnetic keyholder, and (you guessed it) locked the keys (all of them) in the car.
And that’s not even counting the time I locked the keys in the car while it was running in January.
Edmunds rates the '98 S70 at around $17k to $20k or so; not bad… but the bagfusciatrist household currently has its eye on a Subaru Outback Legacy station wagon. We’re on an aggressive savings plan and hope to buy one in a couple of years without financing… we’ll see how that goes.