We didn't know it at the time, but we damaged the alternator by hooking the battery up backwards. We thought we had just blown a fuse, but didn't look into it. The battery died in the end with us on the road. We had it replaced the next day but with a brand new battery (had receipt, was free) but then a couple days later it died again because of the alternator. When it died, my wife was driving in a storm, couldn't see, hit a curb and got a flat tire.
I went and tried to change the tire, but broke the jack and got it stuck under the vehicle. We have towing insurance on our cell phone plan, so the towing to a shop we trust and they kept it for a week and we got it back after $500.
Lessons learned again:
- Procrastination costs big time and money!
- Trying to save a few bucks can be costly too!
- Don't be afraid to post on your blog =)