We’ve been pretty busy working on our son Corey’s fixer-upper house.
It was built in the early 1960s and that was the last time anything was done on it. Corey and Amanda got it for a good price, but it’s going to take a lot of time and sweat equity to get it up to where it should be. Marti and I have been stripping old wallpaper and removing the left behind glue residue using diluted fabric softener and scrapers.
All while being closely supervised by Anabelle,
and Cooper, the Golden Retriever.
However, today I took a break from house renovations to get some new “Juice” in the Journey. The engine starting batteries were nearing the end of their service life, so I replaced them. They were over seven years old. I believe in preventive maintenance and it was time for them to go before they died and left me stranded somewhere on a cold, rainy night.
First thing was to turn off all power in the Journey, from the campground power pole, to the main battery disconnect switch.
I carefully disconnected all the cables, starting with the negative side first.
Working very carefully, and taking very special care to lift the batteries using my legs so as not to injure my bad back, I removed the old batteries and installed the two new ones.
Before securing the cables back in place, I cleaned all of them with a wire brush to ensure a good solid connection.
It took me an hour to replace the batteries. Looks good, for the next seven years.
I took the old batteries back to the Freightliner dealer where I bought them for recycling. The batteries had a $40 core charge and I wanted that money back in my pocket.
I researched the batteries and the only place that carried the exact battery I needed was Freightliner. Sam’s Club, Costco, NAPA, none of them carried the 1000 CCA batteries I needed. Cost from Freightliner was $150 each (plus tax). Cheap insurance in the long run.
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