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Old 01-05-2017, 09:40 AM   #11 (permalink)
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A friend asked for a ride. I was in the middle of replacing a faucet, need to write progress reports for work, and have other things going on, but went to help. Then I ran into Walmart, which apparently now closes at midnight, and it was almost midnight.
I found teflon tape just in time and was almost home when I stopped for a train. I turned off my engine, but left my lights on so nobody knocked me into the train, except no one approached until almost ten minutes later, when I could see the end of the train. My phone was dying (and I cannot charge it in my Civic), but I was almost home!
Everything died when I tried to start the car. I had the smrtcar behind me back up and go around and I rolled back, but tried to bump-start when another car approached.
No good.
I got out and gestured for them to go around. They and another driver stopped to ask if I needed help and waited to see if I could bump-start.
Somehow the rest of the hill was steeper, but there are hardly any streetlights, and I could not turn on my lights. I was able to bump-start, but I kept worrying about backing into something I could not see!

I am very glad I have a manual transmission!

That was four blocks from home. In the morning I will get my trickle charger out of our shed, but that is in the alley. I do not enjoy long walks down dark alleys.
Like the old saying - $2 dollar helmet for a $2 dollar head! Obviously you place little value on the safety of yourself or your passenger.

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Old 01-05-2017, 12:48 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Like the old saying - $2 dollar helmet for a $2 dollar head! Obviously you place little value on the safety of yourself or your passenger.

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Old 01-05-2017, 02:07 PM   #13 (permalink)
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The battery might still be perfectly good. Put it on a charger for a couple of days. I use one of those 2 amp "computer controlled" chargers.
I put it on a charger in the morning and the green light was on before I left for work in the afternoon.

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Like the old saying - $2 dollar helmet for a $2 dollar head! Obviously you place little value on the safety of yourself or your passenger.
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As others have mentioned, your battery is likely on the way out if it isn't lasting 10 minutes.

I'd have turned the engine off too if waiting over a minute, but I also would turn the headlights off, leaving just the parking lights on. Blower motors are also consume a lot of electricity, so that should be turned off as well.

You should get a cigarette lighter charger for your phone. Even better, get one of those cheap batteries that can charge your phone several times and include a light. Amazon link

...and I'm curious, was your friend a girl? You need a friend as loyal and helpful as yourself.
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Redpoint,

Thank you very much for your kind words. I appreciate them.

I wish I had thought to turn off my headlights. I didn't need those!

I probably had the fan on low. Rolling down my windows and killing the fan might have made all of the difference that I needed, but the headlights would have been better!

I have car chargers, but they do not receive power. When I bought Chorizo there was another socket in the glove box, so I figured the previous owner had replaced it, but it still did not work. The fuse is good. I never tried troubleshooting further than that. It was good enough.

I have always thought about installing something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Arpenkin-Dash...o+usb+hardwire

I actually have a battery pack, but in the Accord, because I have been trying to establish its MPG, except I want a full tank at fifty-five, but I will remember halfway somewhere, and I do not slow down because I do not have time.

I want it in the Accord for road trips for a backup, but at least that car can charge my phone!

The battery pack needs to go into my Civic!

I may end up purchasing a non-Samsung phone because mine overheats just driving my black car in the Arizona summer without air conditioning. It would be much worse trying to charge it.

Friend was a bit of an overstatement. She is a girl, though, but that does not help me at all.

Thank you again for your feedback. I hope you have a great day!
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A stationary car on a roadway is likely of minimal danger to anyone with a brain
Since when is bump starting a car backwards in the dark without lights a stationary vehicle? And how many drivers on the road actually use their brain?

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