Jun 082024

Terry had an appointment in Tuscaloosa yesterday to get a CT scan of her spine from the lower back up to the neck to determine the best course of action to alleviate some of her pain. Once her doctor at the Spine Center reviews the images, we will know more.

A lot of late model cars come with two batteries. One is the big starting battery we’re all familiar with, and the other is a smaller battery that runs the stop/start system and the safety electronics. We replaced the main battery in the Chrysler Pacifica back in November, and yesterday we had to replace the smaller auxiliary battery. We had both done at the AutoZone in Northport. The employees were happy to do the installation for us both times at no charge, although I gave the young men $20 tips because I really appreciated it.

Then we went to the Pearl Garden Chinese restaurant for a late lunch before coming home. Once it cooled down later in the afternoon, I went out to the barn to do some mowing with the tractor, and Terry was going to use the riding mower for the side and back yards. However, she found that the tire that I fixed the day before was flat again. I thought maybe the plug I had put in it had failed, but then we found another hole in the side wall an inch or so away. I put a can of Fix-A-Flat in it and told Terry to drive it and do some mowing and see what happened.

It took me a couple of hours to do the back pasture, and by then Terry was finishing up, too. When she pulled the mower back into the barn, we discovered the tire was still leaking from a couple of other nearby places. I’ve heard the tires that come on these things are problematic and this seems to be so. With so many punctures in a small space, there’s no way to keep plugging them because eventually the sidewall is going to give out altogether. It’s time to just replace it and be done with it. Looking on Amazon, it seems like I can buy a pair of tires with the rims at a pretty good price. But I will check the Husqvarna dealer in Northport and see what they have first. I prefer to shop locally when I can, even if I have to pay a few dollars more.

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – Lizards are just four-wheel-drive snakes.

Nick Russell

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  One Response to “Battery And Tire Troubles”

  1. Take the tires off of your Husqvarna and take them to the local garage and have them FOAM them
    a lot of lawn contractors do that to their tires
    what they do is drill 2. 1inch holes and add a can of closed cell foam (the holes allow the air to make the foam expand) and let it sit for 24 hrs you’ll never have a flat again The only problem you might have is the liquid that you put in for fix a flat so when you drill that hole do you want to drain the green slime out?
    YouTube it
    As for your big tractor, they could do pretty much the same thing, but that’s a case of a professional tire company. They use a different type of product.

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