Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bad, Bad Battery

I’ve never understood how cars work. I’ve only required four wheels and the ability to move forward, backward and come to a complete stop.
So this is what I learned tonight watching five different roadside assistants peer into the hood of my car over the course of three hours.
If your battery is dead, you’re not going anywhere no matter what the roadside assistant says.
But the battery is not self-energizing. It gets is oomph from the alternator.
In this way, and maybe in this way alone, I think cars are like people.
Our batteries go dead when we try to sustain ourselves.
We need to connect to a more powerful source if we don’t want to run out of juice.

2 comments:

Sheila R. Rose September 27, 2008 at 9:41 PM  

This is beautiful. In a mechanical way.

bk,  October 1, 2008 at 5:21 PM  

Yep.. many people don't realize if they have a bad alternator a symptom of that is a bad battery. When the car is driving the engine has no way of producing electricity to run the electronics. Then your battery gets drained.

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