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Took a wrong turn at the game of Life

I didn’t so much take a wrong turn, as I stumbled onto the Busy Busy All-the-time interchange and can’t seem to get back.

Fall classes are going awesome. Brakes I and II wrapped up and segued right into the week-long engine removal class. That concluded last Monday and now we’re on the fast-track for engine repair.

The afternoon electrical class is also equally rewarding. So far I’ve cleaned three batteries. Which is really not at all high maintenance but has brought a Ninja Mechanic related issue to my attention. Maintenance-free batteries are not maintenance free.

Once upon a time, batteries needed regular attention and sometimes additional fluid to keep their electrolyte level in top shape. Then along came the maintenance-free battery that had a little gauge to tell you when it needed attention. To my understanding that took the guessing game out of when to tend to your battery, but you still need to check under the hood every once in a while.

Case in point:
-For Skills this past week I brought in my aunt’s Chevy Tracker for an oil and air filter change as a belated birthday present to her. When I went to pop the hood and go to town, the Chevy’s blue fuzzy battery caught my attention. Batteries should not, under any circumstances, be blue and fuzzy.

Later this week I’ll have a post on easy at-home battery maintenance, but for right now I’ve gotta clock in for the night.

Skills 10-30-09
3.5 hours
-Oil and air filter change
-Battery maintenance
-Tire change


Fall classes

Just registered for fall classes and am very excited about the upcoming semester.

Here’s the lineup of fun things I get to learn:

*Brakes I
*Brakes II
*Basic Auto Electricity
*Battery, Starting & Charging
*Engine Removal & Installation
*Engine Repair & Rebuild

It’s odd. Registering for classes at community college is so very painless. On the Richter scale of educational headaches, my registering experiences as an undergrad clocked in around a 7.8 as an intense migraine. I’d usually have at least three alternative schedules drawn up because my choice classes would never be available. This time around it was a simple matter of going down the list and selecting what’s next in the lineup of required classes.

The good news for the blog is that by September I’ll have wicked cool hands-on things to talk about. Right now all I can really do for a car is an oil change and something that might resemble an inspection. In about five months though, all that will change.