Day 20 – the car doesn’t want to start …
Why I didn’t make so much yesterday? It was less because of the weather but more because of my car. I wanted to drive to Tornehamn where I’ve been last year, but …
My car had its own plans and thought about taking a day off (or two or three). I was totally unable to start it. So I had to change plans.
I talked with a German friend and based on my error description and especially the fact that the motor started without problem, when I got a jump start some days before, he was quite sure that my old battery just died from one day to another.
So I solidarised with my car and took it easy, too yesterday. But I wasn’t relaxed at all, because I was quite nervous. T. who rented out the house promised to help me today. But what, if he couldn’t help? If it’s not the battery? If it’s the car electronic? Of something else that needs a replacement part that takes one week to ship in? How will I come to the next car garage in Abisko? Will I ever make it to Jokkmokk? And so on, and so on.
So my mood was not the best yesterday and I even fantasised of being home and taking a hot bath …
Today in the morning I rang up a car garage. They didn’t have the right battery and couldn’t help me, but they could give my another telephone number. The second garage did have the battery and even time to change it today. Great!
Later today T. found time today to help me. He connected a spare battery. I tried to start once, twice, three times, but I couldn’t start the motor.
T. connected another battery in addition to that. I tried again – and was almost successful, but just almost, the motor still didn’t start.
I remembered my start help that I bought for the journey and that I charged just yesterday. We tried that – again in vain. I started to get really frustrated.
Meanwhile the motor of T’s car was warmed electrically and T. turned his car to jump-start mine. And – YES! – it worked! I was so reliefed! Now I just had to take care that the motor won’t stop on the trip to Kiruna.
It took round an hour to reach Kiruna where I took the way to the car garage. To make a long story short: Yes, they had the battery, changed it in short time and my car started again like a charm. Phew!
When I started planning the trip I never ever thought about how much room the car (including the driving) will take place in my journey and even in this blog. Sometimes I think, the car should write way-up-north, not me.
Other things my car got today:
- An examination of the tyres: Yes, they are in really good shape
- Correct air pressure in the tyres
- A lot of fuel
- A new light bulb
- Cooling liquid
Perhaps I’ll take the bicycle next time. But on the other hand these might get troublesome as well: