I think I have sorted out my car battery problem.
I have discovered that if I remove the battery from the car and leave it on a very long trickle charge it seems to last a hell of a lot longer.
I had to go down to the village earlier. First I had to replace the battery which is a simple enough job [apart from the leads being cut to a precise length so the location of the battery has to be very exact]. The car started perfectly and off I went.
I did my shopping and went to go home again. Not a fucking squeak out of the car. When I turned the key, the only sound was from the keys rattling in my hand. There was no click from the starter solenoid, nor a glimmer of life on the instruments. The car was as dead as a dodo. Fuck!
Being a resourceful chap, I hopped out and opened the bonnet [yeah – the “hood”, you fucking ignorant Mercans!]. There was the problem – the positive clamp had jumped off the terminal. I obviously hadn’t tightened the clamp enough. But now I had no spanner. So I put the clamp in position, removed my shoe [did I mention I was resourceful?] and gave it a wallop with the heel to push it tight[er].
Home I happily went [having remembered to put my shoe back on first].
I tightened the clamp when I got home so all should be well for the next trip.
The only problem is that removing the battery resets the clock and kills the radio.
The clock is no problem, and in fact it will save me the bother of resetting it twice a year.
The radio needs a security code to unlock it apparently. I must have that code somewhere, but frankly I couldn’t be bothered looking for it.
I never listen to the radio anyway.