I had feared it. But I hadn't feared it enough: my battery was, indeed, just about dead yesterday. Won't turn the engine over.
Yesterday, I bought a battery online, and Tam and I picked it up when she drove me home from work. It made for quite the trip: my briefcase fits in the Zed Drei's trunk, but that leaves me with a lunchbox and oversized purse in the cockpit. Add an SUV-sized battery on the floorboards, and you'll be as happy as I was that it's only a couple miles from the auto-parts store to home. Good thing we didn't encounter any turbulence!
There's a nice streetlight in the alley at our garage. So nice that I pay for it; the city doesn't routinely light the alleys. On the other hand, the cost is nominal and it was already in place when I moved in: six bucks a month for a lit-up parking spot? Yes, please! However, I had parked facing in, the light is behind my RX300, and even with light from the garage, between the dark and the cold, last night all I managed to do was get penetrating oil on the hardware holding the battery bracket and eventually get it loose and out.
Discovery that A) the rear fastener is one of those @#$%^ J-hooks you have to fiddle with on reinstallation until it starts to get a grip, B) my eyeglasses were fogging up every time I looked down and C) there wasn't enough light to see to get a wrench on the battery-post clamps, let alone find the right socket, made me decide to wait for daylight -- because while those nuts ought to be 7/16" the way the gods intended, the RX300 tends to break out in metric given half a chance. For example, the battery-bracket hardware is 10 mm. I have nothing against this; the various cars and other vehicles I have owned through the years have used SAE, metric, BS, BSP and possibly Whitworth and I have a pretty good set of wrenches and sockets -- except for what I may need here, little 1/4"-drive metric sockets. Worse, my smallest 3/8"-drive socket set is all 12-point, a nice way to round things over if you don't have the proper size. But second chances are few when it comes to battery-clamp hardware and fighting in the extreme cold and moderate dark with fasteners of uncertain size struck me as a recipe for problems. I gave up and went to bed.
Sunrise is in just under an hour. Hoping to just do this, with a minimum of whateverthehellitisitis* and fuss.
* Pronounced "whatever-the-hell-it-is-itis."
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