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> Fortunately no one was hurt. I feel bad for the man (and think he was
still a bit lucky in what didn't happen!) The punch line is an
absolutely horrible pun though. He should have had a ____ Stop!
On Friday, December 13, 2013 10:31:34 AM UTC-8, Bill wrote:
And he publicly admits to having done this? I do dumb stuff all the time bu
t sure never broadcast it unless I think it might save someone else from th
e same mistake. However, this was just a mistake waiting to happen, stating
a manual care while standing outside of it with the clutch depressed. Uh d
uh, could be a problem pretty easily, as it finally was.
Don't you always shake the stick to be sure it is in neutral even when you
have a newer car that requires the clutch to be in before the starter will
If you want to be really dumbfounded, go look at some of the most-recent
posts. Here, I'll save you some time:
“Will I start the darn thing from outside, on one foot? Honestly? Most
likely. But as it’s been said numerous times before, I will ensure I
smack the shifter to ensure it’s not in gear.”
I will have to say he was pretty foolish and that was simply going to
happen sooner or later.
I'm confused, their practice is to leave it in gear and the last person
that used it left it in gear. I wonder what part of the practice,
starting the vehicle the way he does, that he did not see as being a
I award him a trophy for participation!
I frequently leave my car with a standard transmission out of gear in my
garage. My garage is small and it is tight around the car. By leaving
it out of gear, if I want in the trunk I can push the car a little ahead
to make more room behind the car. If I am doing something in the front
of the garage I can push it back.
If I get up in the morning and the car will not start, I push it out of
the garage, jump in before it is going to fast, and as it is rolling
back into the street, you can pop the clutch and start the motor.
I will let someone else explain "popping the clutch"
Usually not as I am not space limited out of doors. In our area when
parking in most places I set the emergency brake.
I mentioned explaining "popping the clutch", as one of the joys of
taking the car for service is to watch the young serviceman get in the
car and have no idea of what to do with the gear shift.
Several years back my BIL's oldest daughter drove into the the local gas
station to fill up. She left the vehicle in neutral, got out, and began
filling the tank. The filler tube was behind the rear license plate.
The vehicle in front of her, a large truck, backed up and hit her
vehicle. This knocked her down and while she was trying to get back up
was crushed between her vehicle and the one behind her. She did not
Like a TS and most WW equipment you can't be too careful. The
unexpected gets you.
When I was the service sales manager at the Olds dealership in down town
Houston, early 80's, I was talking to the service manager at the
Cadillac dealer a couple of blocks away. He was mentioning a similar
problems with his porters that parked the customers vehicles. IIRC
Cadillac came out with a new model, IIRC the "N" body Cimmeron.
Basically an Olds Calais. Oddly Cadillac offered that vehicle with
standard shift transmission. The porters could not figure that out.
If you usually leave it out of gear, wouldn't you set the parking brake?
A good push is all it takes to set a vehicle rolling.
Did I set the parking brake on the tractor? I'm going to have to go and
I got a certificate the day I was born. I must be special. :-)
Those who use emergency brakes don't live in the "Rust Belt" unless a
things have changed.
Spend the time to release a frozen emergency brake cable once and
you will never do it again.
Some things you NEVER forget.
On 12/13/2013 10:34 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Yes I will bet that is what is causing it. The earth is warming sooooo
much it is snowing in the Middle east and in Jerusalem this morning. I
beleive they said it was a record amount of snow for the area.
That is not counting what is happening in this country and in other
areas of the world.
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