Ah, the joys of owning a car that has problem after problem with it. We just replaced the alternator and battery 3 years ago, but on Friday night--while I was in Ashland, might I add--my battery charge was running awfully low, and after some consultation with my parents on the phone, they decided I should leave it there. So, I had to call a friend and have them come pick me up and bring me back to Medford. On Saturday, I was able to get it home, and today my dad took it in to be looked at. The verdict:
I need a new alternator.
My car hates me.
Oh, and, an added bonus:
My car has been leaking a very small amount of oil the past couple weeks. I didn't think much of it, but the shop called today to say that the oil has completely saturated my timing belt as well.
Total cost: $1300.