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Sep. 10th, 2008 | 08:02 am
location: Home
mood: grumpygrumpy


Went to move my car so as to avoid a parking ticket and it won't start. Electrical stuff seems to be working just fine... lights, stereo, etc. turn on, starter clicks... but the engine won't turn.

Really, really did not need this right now. Very much hoping that whatever's wrong will be covered by my warranty.

Especially as I'm leaving around noon tomorrow for a week in Yellowstone. Not good timing to have my car hanging out at a mechanic's shop... Somehow I think it's frowned upon to say "oh, thanks for servicing my car, no I won't be picking it up until Tuesday..."

OTOH, I really would rather not leave the car just sitting dead on the street for a week.

Sigh.

ETA: Managed to jump start the car. Still skeptical, but it's possible, given my driving habits of late that the battery did just need charging. Turning the car off and on to move it every few days places a high load on the battery and not much time for the alternator to run and recharge it.

I knew we should have taken my car up to Oregon this weekend...

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Kim

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from: kimuchi
date: Sep. 10th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
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You try stomping on the gas as you turn the key?

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Sam

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from: etler
date: Sep. 10th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
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no noticable difference

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Kim

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from: kimuchi
date: Sep. 10th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
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Bummer. That is my only "parked car won't start for no discernible reason" trick.

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comes to life from out of the blue

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from: beckastar
date: Sep. 10th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
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hey -

have not forgotten about bloomers! just need to wait until after the tenth.

maybe head to five and diamond next week?

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Liz

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from: stellae
date: Sep. 10th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
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YES. Can't do Monday or Tuesday, but Wed-Fri are free and clear. :-D

Bloomers! Retail Therapy!

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from: anonymous
date: Sep. 10th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Sounds entirely consistent with a dead battery to me. Depending on how old the battery is, you might ponder whether it's time to buy a new one, they do sometimes wear out in only a couple years.

I'm glad you got the car started.

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Liz

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from: stellae
date: Sep. 10th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. The battery is somewhere around 4 years old and probably due for a swap out. Though, since the car was serviced about 2 months ago, I'm surprised they didn't make that suggestion then.

Ah well. That's something to worry about in a few weeks. Too much else going on lately (and I don't drive enough) for it to hit a high point on the priority list.

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just me

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from: jetspeaks
date: Sep. 11th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
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NO, you have it wrong! The universe hates *me*. It's just taking time out for variety. All will be well soon...
Did you find a place for the car over the weekend? Glad you finally got it jumped.

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