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#4574706 - 11/15/17 09:08 AM Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman]
Kestas Offline

Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 12343
Loc: The Motor City
If my car doesn't start, I dont talk to it... I start swearing.

#4574709 - 11/15/17 09:09 AM Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman]
gfh77665 Offline

Registered: 09/01/08
Posts: 3803
Loc: Southeast Texas
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

#4574817 - 11/15/17 10:33 AM Re: Begging your car to start [Re: dishdude]
JohnnyJohnson Offline

Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2774
Loc: Wet side WA
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 Toyota Corolla 121808
Out: QSUD 5W-30 Purolator One 5030
In: Valvoline ML 5w-30 TG4967 117530 2-8-18
2006 Duramax 74047
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 73752 4-22-18

#4574834 - 11/15/17 10:42 AM Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman]
Dave Sherman Offline

Registered: 01/03/06
Posts: 1075
Loc: Ohio
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
1977 MG Midget Valvoline VR-1 20W-50 Bosch Filter

#4574845 - 11/15/17 10:51 AM Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Silk]
Wolf359 Offline

Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4774
Loc: MA
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.

#4575068 - 11/15/17 02:40 PM Re: Begging your car to start [Re: RedOakRanch]
Garak Offline

Registered: 12/05/09
Posts: 24620
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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.

2008 Infiniti G37 - Shell ROTELLA T6 Multi-Vehicle 5w-30, NAPA Gold 7356
1984 F-150 4.9L - Quaker State GB 10w-30, Wix 51515

#4575707 - 11/16/17 05:55 AM Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Kestas]
Eric Smith Offline

Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 3013
Loc: Kansas, USA
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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91 Festiva 255k .. Rust bucket

#4575765 - 11/16/17 07:48 AM Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Silk]
javacontour Offline

Registered: 06/26/03
Posts: 10306
Loc: Illinois
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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#4576918 - 11/17/17 09:48 AM Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Virtus_Probi]
pandus13 Offline

Registered: 08/12/11
Posts: 3201
Loc: Chicago,IL,USA
Originally Posted By: Virtus_Probi
Originally Posted By: pandus13
Originally Posted By: HoosierJeeper
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
16 Golf SportWagen
13 Mazda5
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95 mystique
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#4576940 - 11/17/17 10:05 AM Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman]
IndyIan Offline

Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 9092
Loc: Ontario, Canada
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, 206km M1 5W30
18 Outback 2.5 CVT 5km FF

#4577497 - 11/17/17 08:27 PM Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman]
Alex_V Offline

Registered: 04/10/16
Posts: 1156
Loc: Campbellsville, KY
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, 112K
'85 GMC C3500, 454, 130K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 167K
'67 Suburban, 350, 331K

#4577769 - 11/18/17 06:43 AM Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Blokey]
Ducked Online   content

Registered: 10/25/12
Posts: 4394
Loc: Taiwan
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.

#4577771 - 11/18/17 06:48 AM Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman]
Ducked Online   content

Registered: 10/25/12
Posts: 4394
Loc: Taiwan
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"

#4577897 - 11/18/17 10:16 AM Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman]
fdcg27 Offline

Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 15730
Loc: OH
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.

Amusingly pathetic?

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 86K 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

#4577934 - 11/18/17 11:22 AM Re: Begging your car to start [Re: Scienceman]
Colt45ws Offline

Registered: 08/15/06
Posts: 9648
Loc: Central Washington
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.

Edited by Colt45ws (11/18/17 11:26 AM)
2002 Ford Crown Vic PI 207k, Ex-Kootenai County, ID Unit #42
Down for engine swap
2003 Ford Crown Vic PI 75k
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