Friday, December 08, 2006

Curses!!!! Foiled again!!!



The car won't start.

It makes a loud click but doesn't turn over. We tried jumping it, but no luck. There is just a little antifreeze in there and it was quite cold last night. Promises to hit 39 today, but not sure if that is warm enough to really help. Tomorrow will be 50ish. But it will be hard to get a mechanic tomorrow if that isn't the problem. Could be the starter of course. I could call and have it towed, but that will be 50 to 60 dollars. And of course, it could be the battery.

What the heck should I do?

15 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Try putting HEET in the gas tank.

ness said...

I'm leaning towards the battery. Now it doesn't even click, it just kind of rolls its eyes at me.

Jaye T. said...

Vanessa,

Have you been able to get your car started? Did Rob go to work today? I can call Aaron if Rob hasn't already since he will going on his lunch break soon. Let me know.

~Jaye T.

tammi said...

yeah, but if it was the battery, wouldn't jumping it have worked??

my first car when i was 16 was our family's old mini-van and it would make that clicking sound and wouldn't start about every other day. My dad gave me a hammer to keep in there and whenever it wouldn't start I'd hop out, pop open the hood, and bang on the starter a few times with the hammer and then it'd start right up. worked like a charm, although I do have to put a disclaimer here to say that i will *not* be responsible for any consequences (positive or negative) resulting in you banging around the engine of your car with a hammer.

:) hope you get it figured out.

ash said...

i like the hammer idea tammi! not only could it work, but it would also relieve some of the stress of the situation : ) sorry, ness.

hey court! remember lucy the acclaim? during freshmen year she'd stall at stop lights just 'cause she felt like it....i figured that god just wanted me to learn how to be a patient driver. good prep for driving in south florida.

A said...

Not to steal anyone's thunder, but I talked to Robb at lunch today, and they tried the hammer on the starter gig this morning to no avail. A friend of ours who attends Vintage went over and was able to get it running. Last I knew V was on her way to get a new battery installed as that turned out to be the problem.

courtney said...

ah! the acclaim. the least sexy car in the world. I think mom and dad were trying to tell me something. I used to have to stop half-way from Meadville to Guys Mills to let it cool down. On the other hand, I moved six times in one year with that car and it carried everything I owned.
Ash,Ness, don't you remember how we used to have to open the hood on the red caravan and tap it to shut it down? I think Mom was the one who figured that one out, too

Anonymous said...

I always find that kicking the tires repeatedly is very helpful. Emotionally anyway. Unless your bumpers don't have paint, then just kick the bumpers. Or if it's old and ugly you can kick it anywhere you want to.

(Although I don't see you as the kicker type.)

courtney said...

Sure she is!

ness said...

All is well...a friend from church who is a plummer took it over to his work, and at one point 5 plummers were working on it. It was actually the battery which got so dead that the first jump didn't work. The hard part was getting it out because it sits so far down inside the car, he had to unbolt a beam before getting it out. It was hilarious and wonderful to see all those guys in Carhardts with powertools speculating on possible ways to get the old one out and put the new one in. I'd have 6 plummers fix my car again anyday. Hooray for Derek!

A said...

Was there plumber butt galore?

ness said...

you forget..it was like 30 degrees on Friday. All Carhart overalls. But thanks for the really stellar mental image.

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courtney said...

A took my line! in fact, there would have had to have been plummer butt regardless of carharts

A said...

Yea, carhartts really don't matter when it comes to plumbers, nor does the temperature.

I'm sure, on some level, there was plumber butt.

akr said...

However, it is not just plummers who have it...camp directors do too!

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