Got ready to leave the house, and my car battery was dead

@rosekiss (30260)
Eugene, Oregon
November 29, 2015 1:14pm CST
Yesterday, when I was leaving for church, I went to start the car, and nothing. I couldn't figure out what had happened. Come to find out, my ex husband, thought he had turned the lights off, after we got back from Thanksgiving at our son's. I thought he had too, and never gave it another thought. I wish I had checked myself to make sure the lights had been shut off, as maybe the battery would still work, even though it is a 6 year battery, which means it ran a lot longert than it was supposed to. My car is 11 years old and hard to say how much longer it would have lasted anyway. I text my son to let him know that I wouldn't be at church and why I wouldn't be there. He text back okay. After the sun went down, he called me to tell me he was coming to check it out and be ready for him when he got here. I raised the hood up like he said, and I told him I didnt see the battery. He told me to leave the hood up and he would find it when he got here. He didn't see it either under the hood, so he decided to google it, and lo and behold, it is under the back seat on the passenger side, which means he had to take the back seat completely out to get to it. Once he got to it, he said that is the oiginal, but that he would jump it to see if it would start. HJe did jump it, and it did start, so he put the seat back thinking it would stay going. He shut the engine off to try it, and lo, and behold, nothing. It did the same thing as it had done for me in the morning. He decided that there is no use to charge it as it more than likely won't hold a charge anyway, so he took the battery out, so that he can get me a new one, but I have to pay him back of course. I am so thankful that I have him when things like this happen, as I can't do it myself. At least when I get the new battery, it will be like a new car again, as i wouldnt want to get stranded and leave the car as that wouldn't be good. Thank goodness, it never left the garage.
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@celticeagle (119818)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Nov 15
I am thankful I have my daughter too. She brings me my dinner and helps me do things I can't do by myself. We have that to be thankful for don't we?
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov 15
You are so right. If i didn't have my son to help me, I don't know what i would have done. He is so great though, as all I have to do is just mention that things need to be fixed, and he is johnny on the spot to help me. I will always be grateful for his help.
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@celticeagle (119818)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Nov 15
@rosekiss ...I remember my uncle was that way for my grandma. He was a fine man. You should be proud of your son.
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@cacay1 (33203)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
30 Nov 15
@celtceagle, nice daughter of yours, so thoughtful and caring.
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@Susan2015 (21673)
• United States
29 Nov 15
At least you were home when it happened. That's a good thing. No fun to get stranded somewhere.
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@Marcyaz (35606)
• United States
29 Nov 15
No fun at all getting stranded when you are out.
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@Susan2015 (21673)
• United States
29 Nov 15
@Marcyaz My car has stopped before and my husband came and drove home behind me to make sure I made it home. It had a recall on it for something so it was fixed.
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@gudheart (12741)
29 Nov 15
I was going to say the same thing. It was good you were home and somewhere safe and warm.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
29 Nov 15
I am glad your son came over to help you and get you a new battery. Being stranded is never a good thing.
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov 15
I am glad too. I would rather it happen the way it did, than maybe get to where I am going, do what I need to do, and then go to leave, and can't get the car started. I am home safe and so is my car.
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@Marcyaz (35606)
• United States
30 Nov 15
It is definitely not a good thing to be out and stranded.
@TheHorse (72244)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Nov 15
Same thing happened to me the other day.
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@cacay1 (33203)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
30 Nov 15
Oh, your feeling might not right after all being stranded..
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@TheHorse (72244)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Nov 15
@cacay1 I walked home, found a friend who could jump me, and drove straight to the fix-it place. Fortunately, it was the battery, not the alternator. I had to cancel an afternoon appointment, which was frustrating.
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@Marcyaz (35606)
• United States
30 Nov 15
Hope you had help with your battery.
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@Rosekitty (19438)
• San Marcos, Texas
30 Nov 15
those darn batteries always going out when you don't have the extra money..glad your Son helped you out..they are good like that!!
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov 15
Yes, they certainly are. I intend to pay him for the battery, as it is for my car. I am just glad that when I told him, that was willing to come here and see what he could do to get the car going, but like I said, the battery probably woulsn't have lasted anyway.
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@Marcyaz (35606)
• United States
30 Nov 15
I buy my batteries from auto zone and if something happens they either give me a new one free or at a lower price depending on how old my battery is.
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov 15
@Marcyaz I don't know where he is going to get it, as he said he found one that carries the battery I need. He says that it is an AC Delco, which is another good brand. I also like DieHard batteries from Sears/
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@cacay1 (33203)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
30 Nov 15
The feeling sucks if stranded...
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov 15
It certainly would have been, and I am so thankful that I was home and not on the road somewhere and would get stranded. Even though I can't go anywhere, I am home where I need to be and keeping warm.
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@Marcyaz (35606)
• United States
29 Nov 15
I am so glad you had not gone out yet and glad it happened at your home and your son could come and check it.
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov 15
I am so gald too. He is really good at fixing things that need fixing, and for that I am very glad about. Yes, it being the garage was better than being out on the road and it stopping,and not being able to get it started again.
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@marlina (77796)
• Canada
29 Nov 15
All is going to end well it seems!
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov 15
Yes, i think so. I wished it hadnt have happened, but then with the battery going over the normal lifespan, hard telling how much longer it would have lasted.
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@birjudanak (7293)
• India
30 Nov 15
its very good thing that your son help you and its time for new battery so after it this problem bot come and you go anywhere you want without problem.after new keyboard its time to battery.
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov 15
I am glad he came to hlp me too, as i cettainly can't do it myself, and no way to out to get a new battery. I am so thankful, that he too, the time to check it out, and get me a new battery.
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• India
30 Nov 15
@rosekiss you have a such a nice family who always help you.i hope you will get your new battery soon.
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov 15
@birjudanak My son will be here shortly to put it in for me, as he called me a little while ago. It will be nice to have a new battery so then I don't have to worry about it dying on me then, and that is the main thing.
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@Drosophila (16700)
• Ireland
29 Nov 15
I hope this car battery thing gets sorted soon!
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov 15
It will be, as my son is going to get me a new one, and of course I will pay him for it siince it is my car. Hopefully, by tomorrow, if possible.
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@Drosophila (16700)
• Ireland
29 Nov 15
@rosekiss your son is good! You must be proud of him. :)
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov 15
@Drosophila I certainly am. I donn't even have to ask him to help. He just automatically does it, and I am happy about that too.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
2 Dec 15
You were so lucky that it didn't leave you stranded somewhere. I've never heard of a battery being in the back seat before.
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
2 Dec 15
Neither hgave I and neither has my son. He had to take the seat out to get to the battery, to take it out. Since I posted this discusssion, my son has put a new battery in the car, and i have since driven it, and it starts right up, and runs really well,. I am blest to have a son that cares enough to take care of things when they need to get done.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
5 Dec 15
@rosekiss Yes, you really are blessed and I'm glad that it was a battery and not something big and expensive.
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
6 Dec 15
@simone10 Yea, me too, as it good have been the starter just as well, and at first that is what I thought, but my son said no. I am sure a starter would really be expensive, and right now, I know I couldn't afford it, but the battery, I only had to pay for half of it.
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@antonbunot (9633)
• Calgary, Alberta
1 Dec 15
Under the passenger seat?! Is it a Volkswagen?
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
1 Dec 15
No, it is a 2004 Pontiac Bonneville. It is very strange that it is under the back seat on the passenger side. It was hard to get to, as the seat had to be removed before he could get to it. Once he got to it, he took it out, and now the new one is now in, as he came yesterday, and put the new one in for me. He even went and bought it for me, and I paid him half ot it.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
@rosekiss I was just about to ask what kind of car you drove. I never heard of a car battery underneath the passenger side/seat! That is very interesting. I would be concerned of health sitting on a battery safe, but I am sure the car is designed well! Very helpful your son was able to help you!
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
10 Jan 16
@infatuatedbby It is designed very well, so there wouldn't be a problem at all. Yes, it is nice to have a son that is willing to help me when I need it.
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@Hatley (164486)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Dec 15
Sons are so good to have and glad he will get you a new battery. I need to tha nk m y own son more for all he d oes for me too
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
3 Dec 15
Yes, my son did get me a new battery, and the car runs really well. I am so thankful that he is my son, as he is a great son, and I am so proud of him for being him, and being helpful to me when I need it.
@sofssu (14448)
2 Dec 15
I am glad that your son came to your rescue. Glad that your car never started it could have been worse if you were stuck someplace else.
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
2 Dec 15
I am certainly glad too. It really could have been bad if I had been somewhere else. My son has since replaced the battery, and it starts right up. My son is so nice though to have taken the time to replace it when he should have been working. I am so thankful that God gave him to me.
@HazySue (22973)
• United States
1 Dec 15
@rosekiss I hat when things like that happen. I am so glad you were home when you had the problem.
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
1 Dec 15
I am so glad too. It would have been a lot worse if I had been out somewhere, and the car decided to die on me, and now I don't have to worry about it, as my son fixed it yesterday.
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@LeaPea2417 (21939)
• Toccoa, Georgia
30 Nov 15
Sorry that happened to you, it is the worst feeling when that has happened to me in the past.
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov 15
I wished it hadn't happened etiher, but at least it happened at home when the car was in the garage. I could have been gone, got stranded, and then where would I be? I am gald that I didn't have to worry about getting stranded.
• United States
30 Nov 15
I'm just curious..what kind of car do you have that the battery is under the seat?
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov 15
It is a 2004 Pontiac Bonneville. I love the car, but it makes me wonder why the battery was put under the back seat. It really does seem odd for sure. I sure wouldn't want anything to happen again, with the new one, as it is just to hard to get to, and a big hassle to get it out.
@Elizaby (3957)
• Pensacola, Florida
30 Nov 15
I never heard of a car that has it's battery where your car battery is. Makes in hard if it has to be jumped. What kind of car is it?
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov 15
It is a 2004 Pontiac Bonneville. I have never heard of ia battery being thee either. You are right it is an iinconvenience, as my son had to take out the back seat to get to the battery. Fortunately they have made it easy to take the seat out, so that part is okay, but he did have more difficulty getting the battery out. Once the battery is replaced, I will never let it get like the old one did.
@moondebi (1209)
• Bangalore, India
2 Dec 15
You got saved from pushing the vehicle in the middle of the road. Once it happened to me, but the fellow riders helped me to get the start with a push. I am still thankful to them.