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Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman] #4574706
11/15/17 10:08 AM
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If my car doesn't start, I dont talk to it... I start swearing.

Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman] #4574709
11/15/17 10:09 AM
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I cannot repeat what I have called my cars through the years. I would be immediately banned for life.

I can guarantee you this though: They were not names like "baby" etc.

LOL mad

Re: Begging your car to start [Re: dishdude] #4574817
11/15/17 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted By: dishdude
Originally Posted By: Scienceman
Haha! Quoted wrong person!


I love a GM bash fail!


Owning a Chevy Duramax I'll have to say something you won't see often.


2004 Corolla 124786
Out: VML 5w-30 TG4967 OCI 5007 Miles
In: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 122537 7-18-18
2006 Duramax 74277
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 74705 4-22-18
Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman] #4574834
11/15/17 11:42 AM
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I'll confess to talking to the MG when it would vapor lock, in hopes that it had cooled off enough to start again. That was usually after pleading for it to run a little longer when it started surging and stumbling before it stalled out. True, no substitute for an electric fuel pump to take the poorly insulated mechanical fuel pump out of the picture, but I'm sure I'm not the first to say "Please? Are you going to start now?".


2015 Honda Pilot EX AWD Valvoline 0W-20 Bosch filter
1977 MG Midget Valvoline VR-1 20W-50 Bosch Filter
Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Silk] #4574845
11/15/17 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted By: Silk
It'll be a long time before they trickle down to my pay scale - I usually buy a non runner that is too expensive to repair. I don't think modern cars are going to get there.


Mine is a 2008. They've been around since 2003 and even earlier like S class cars. Those you might find as it's real easy for them to get too expensive to repair if the airmatic or active body control goes out. It's a fun option and MB has good vin decoders out there so I search until I found a car that had that option.

But lots of cars have them now, even Toyota Camry/Corolla.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_key

Re: Begging your car to start [Re: RedOakRanch] #4575068
11/15/17 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted By: RedOakRanch
I haven't had to worry about that since carburators where the norm!

Same here, or my old LPG LTD. wink


Plain, simple Garak.

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Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Kestas] #4575707
11/16/17 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted By: Kestas
If my car doesn't start, I dont talk to it... I start swearing.


It's a good thing our Focus doesn't talk.. it would have a dirty mouth!


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04 Escape 156k
02 Focus 140k
00 Dakota 89k
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Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Silk] #4575765
11/16/17 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted By: Silk
It'll be a long time before they trickle down to my pay scale - I usually buy a non runner that is too expensive to repair. I don't think modern cars are going to get there.


Actually, I think they will get there faster than cars with less tech.

I just bought a 2012 car and it has the push button start. It's growing on me. No hunting for keys. I walk up to the car, push a button and get in. I push another button and it starts.


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Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Virtus_Probi] #4576918
11/17/17 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted By: Virtus_Probi
Originally Posted By: pandus13
Originally Posted By: HoosierJeeper
I...
I also pat my vehicles after a roadtrip and thank them for their service. smile

...after getting home safe after avoiding some idiots on the road.

P.S. all cars are "girls"

...
This is why men should not give their vehicles male names.


The schooner/'97 chrysler concorde, had a male name.
It was in our possession 2 months. It "died" protecting my wife from a soccer mom. Of course we received less the we bought it from the insurance company.

So no more male cars in our family


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13 Mazda5
08 Yaris
04 Elantra
95 accent
95 mystique
97 concorde
Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman] #4576940
11/17/17 11:05 AM
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I haven't begged, I've threatened a car a couple times, but never had to follow through. That could get expensive...


07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 210km M1 5W30
18 Outback 2.5 CVT 10km 0W20 "bulk subaru" whatever that is
Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman] #4577497
11/17/17 09:27 PM
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My BIL calls his '98 LeSabre (gold on tan) "Davi", that spelling intended to be feminine.

My Cruze is "Scarlet" - metallic red on red/black.
The Mercedes is "Pearl" - off-white.
The '88 Samurai I had for a few months got the name "Chuggaboom".
My sister's XJ Cherokee is "Puddle Jumper" or PJ. About as masculine as it can get for a 4 cyl. automatic.
Other BIL's '03 Beetle is "Buggie".
And my friend's four Ford E150 vans:
'77 Club Wagon: "The Tank"
'86 StarCraft conversion with 4 captain's chairs and three sunroofs: "The Battleship"
'78 short/panel with fender flairs, windshield visor, stepped roof, diamond porthole windows, jet black paint, 11"? wide tires, and a 351 breathing through glass packs: "The Beast"
And my favorite, for his white '89, six-cylinder, short/panel DD: "Van Go"


I like Chevy and Valvoline.

'13 Cruze, 1.4T, 113K
'85 GMC C3500, 454, 130K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 169K
'67 Suburban, 350, 331K
Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Blokey] #4577769
11/18/17 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted By: Blokey


Have actually done that in the car park here, but that was because it had rats under the bonnet (hood) and I'm scared of rats.

Got some puzzled looks from passing locals, but I'm known to be foreign so commital proceedings did not follow.

Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman] #4577771
11/18/17 07:48 AM
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Found myself apologising to it for being in entirely the wrong gear yesterday. Nothing too self-abasing, just a terse "Oh ****!, sorry car".

Think I probably usually do that.

I don't think it counts as "begging"

Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman] #4577897
11/18/17 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted By: Scienceman
Does it annoy anybody else when you hear somebody talking to their car, especially the "come on baby" or the "please start?" I mean, come on, sweet talking the piece of junk won't get it running.


Annoying?
No
Amusingly pathetic?
Yes

I have used words avoided in polite company when discovering new ways in which to practice the ancient remedy of bloodletting when working on a car, but I've never begged one either to start or to help in the repair process.


17 Forester 12K MSS 0W-20
12 Accord LX 92K PP 5W-20
09 Forester 95K M1HM 10W-30
01 Focus ZX3 118K PP 5W-20
96 Accord LX 104K T5 10W-30
95 318i
Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman] #4577934
11/18/17 12:22 PM
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I think its somewhat normal for people to anthropomorphize things they are in constant contact with. We are a social species after all. Attaching human emotions to things to justify why they arent working. If your coworker suddenly decided to ignore you one day you'd be trying to figure out how hes feeling towards you. Same thing.

I myself beg machines to start on a regular basis. We are into the part of the year that diesel engines do not like to start. As a equipment tech at a large rental company pretty much everything is diesel powered.
You climb into at excavator that someone just put an order in for and want delivered 2 pm that afternoon and its 10am, 23F out. The machine has also been sitting for 2 weeks. That helps.
You stick the key in, turn it on and let it pre heat. It runs the full pre heat timer since its so cold, and you roll it over.
It cranks and cranks, refusing to light off. The cranking started off strong but is rapidly slowing. Finally you give in and shut it off. You just know you have MAYBE one more attempt left in the batteries.
If it doesnt light off, you're gonna have to go to plan B
Plan B could be,
Find something thats 24V to jump it with. Might not be easy.
Separate the batteries, and charge each one individually with a 12V charger. It needs to be on a truck in 3 hours though. Do you have time to charge 2 8D-size batteries sequentially with a single 40A 12V charger?
Manhandle two 150# batteries out of it, and two new 150# batteries back into it.
All of these involve being out in the windy cold for far longer than you want to be.
If you didnt beg it to start, I'd consider you inhuman. Sorry not sorry.

Last edited by Colt45ws; 11/18/17 12:26 PM.

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