Car trouble – just when I needed it (of course)
Last night’s skyline from the country:
It’s not often I have to be urgently somewhere in the car, but it was the case yesterday. “Don’t be late!” I’d been (lightheartedly) told.
It’s not a trip that is completely impossible by public transport, but with only three trains a day, and the first of the morning getting me there 45 minutes late, that wasn’t an option. It had to be a trip made by road.
I’d started the car briefly on Thursday to check I had enough fuel to make the trip. That may have been my undoing.
When I got in the car on Friday morning to head north, it wouldn’t start. It grumbled and spluttered. I sat back for a moment, swore under my breath, then tried again. No go.
I contemplated possible plan Bs, and how it was possible this could happen after (as I recall it) zero engine-related troubles with the Astra since I got it in 2008 (and no hint of forthcoming issues at the last service).
The third time, it finally came good, but with a deep rumble somewhere in the engine. I thought I might as well go for it, and eased it out of the driveway. As we moved down the street the rumble stopped, and it was fine.
I didn’t dare stop along the way. Two and a bit hours I’d made it, and gratefully pulled into a parking spot.
Since then it’s got me home again too, even with a brief stop along the way.
So, those of you who know more about cars than I do (which is most of you, I suspect): is it the battery? Is it on the way out? Time for a replacement?
And if so, any particularly recommended vendors for someone like me who probably doesn’t have the time or energy to do it himself?
- Update: I was asked how old the battery is. As far as I recall, it has not been replaced since I bought the car secondhand in 2008