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Why are we reduced to babbling childish idiots when our cars don't work? My car won't start. Takes a jump almost immediately, runs fine. But the minute I turn that bugger off, it won't start... Read More

  1. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by MsPurp
    This reminds me of my first car, a Chevette (don't laugh). It was also a stick shift, so I had to learn how to drive that.
    Now the interesting thing about a stick shift is... if you have someone push you while you're in the car, wait until you have a good speed going (say down a hill), if you pop the clutch, the car will start.
    Ha! That was a cool trick for about a week. Then I ran out of friends willing to push the car for me.

    I'd go with the battery. If the battery is fine, check the alternator.


    I had the same car!!!!
  2. by   finallyRN
    My father made sure that I knew how to take care of my car. Whenever he was working on the car he made me come and help him. He didn't want his little girl stuck on the side of the road helpless. Now I can fix the little things like change the tire, change the oil, jump start my car but i also know alot about the parts under my hood so i don't sound stupid talking to mechanics.

    I agree with every one else that is sounds like your battery.
  3. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    :chuckle :chuckle l.rae!!!

    The first time I ever went to get my own oil changed, they asked me for the make & model of my car. I said "Chevy Olds, or something."

    And once hubby sent me to the store for something to do with my brakes. He rehearsed with me the words I had to say. Sure enough, the guys at the car place threw me for a loop with a question I didn't know the answer to. I said , very indinantly, "Looky here buddy, all I know is that I'm supposed to come in here and say 'brake pads' and that's supposed to be enough information for you!"

    All I know how to do is put gas in the thing, and work the CD player.

    Heather
  4. by   Lausana
    Originally posted by sunnygirl272


    that aint nuttin but a neon engine, neon frame with a funky body


    :chuckle Good ole' neons...When I saw this thread title my response was going to be "Don't by a Dodge" but I see it does not apply, but I'll plead with you all anyway--Save your sanity, Don't buy a Dodge. [ok, maybe I just got a lemon]

    Sorry your hubby was right I hate that!
  5. by   NurseDennie
    Originally posted by sunnygirl272


    that aint nuttin but a neon engine, neon frame with a funky body
    Yeah! It's cute. I know - not the most intelligent basis for an automotive choice, is it? But, still. It's CUTE!!!

    Love

    Dennie
  6. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by NurseDennie
    I know - not the most intelligent basis for an automotive choice, is it? But, still. It's CUTE!!!
    Isn't that how women shop for cars? I remember the guy on the lot rambling about what an awesome engine the car had, and something about miles per gallon, and I was inside the car going "Honey! It has a CD player!"

    Heather
  7. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    Isn't that how women shop for cars?
    I turn into Rain Man when I shop.
    Very sparkly. Sparkly wheels and chassis, very sparkly. I'm an excellent driver.
  8. by   Mkue
    i almost put "diesel" in my car accidently, my hubby would of had a fit !.. good thing i caught it in time..lol.

    sorry not much help here..lol..

    :chuckle
  9. by   Rustyhammer
    Heather I hate to say it but it COULD be the alternator. If you are only driving short distances you may not experience a stall.
    The best thing to do is to have you battery tested. If that is bad then buy one. If it's still good then test the alternator. If that is good then you have a short somewhere in your electrical system. Dont forget the basics. Are your battery terminals dirty?
    That alone could keep the battery from receiving a charge(happens all the time). Are your battery cables worn or frayed?
    Do you have the type of battery you need to service (add water to) or is it a maintence-free type?
    Lots of greedy auto parts guys out there and mechanics too.
    Find a good mechanic (not a cheap one) and hang on to him/her!
    -Russell
  10. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Well, thanks for all your help and advice! My car is now running (and starting) beautifully, thanks to a brand spankin new battery!

    I feel like driving around!

    Heather
    Last edit by OBNURSEHEATHER on Jul 30, '02
  11. by   l.rae
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    :chuckle :chuckle l.rae!!!

    The first time I ever went to get my own oil changed, they asked me for the make & model of my car. I said "Chevy Olds, or something."

    And once hubby sent me to the store for something to do with my brakes. He rehearsed with me the words I had to say. Sure enough, the guys at the car place threw me for a loop with a question I didn't know the answer to. I said , very indinantly, "Looky here buddy, all I know is that I'm supposed to come in here and say 'brake pads' and that's supposed to be enough information for you!"

    All I know how to do is put gas in the thing, and work the CD player.

    Heather
    ROTFLMAO!!!!!Heather, l'm sure it's a conspiracy. l don't do the Auto Zone scene anymore...l'd rather stick my face in a buzz saw..........:chuckle :roll :roll
  12. by   kids
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN

    I turn into Rain Man when I shop.
    Very sparkly. Sparkly wheels and chassis, very sparkly. I'm an excellent driver.

    I don't feel so bad now...I buy my cars on color...next one is going to be f**k me red.
  13. by   l.rae
    Originally posted by kids-r-fun



    I don't feel so bad now...I buy my cars on color...next one is going to be f**k me red.
    ROTFLMAO....AGAIN!......sounds like a real high class mule to me!

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