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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5243837 10/19/19 02:36 AM
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What's the point of my having 4/0 gauge cables & snatch straps behind the bench seat if I don't help folks in need.

I seem to pull out vehicles from ditches more than I jump dead batteries.

I draw the line at anything with a man-bun, or any vehicle with a leftie decal.



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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: domer10] #5243855 10/19/19 04:22 AM
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I know I sound like a D-bag, but no. I'm afraid of a possible explosion from hydrogen gas released by batteries. You also hear about some modern cars frying something after a jump start. The odds of these things happening are very low but I don't want the liability. Luckily, nobody's ever asked me for a jump and if I ever need one, I have AAA.


Seriously a hydrogen explosion, would never happen in open air setting, you would have to be in a pretty small enclosed confined space for even enough hydrogen vapour to cause a explosion lol.


I have had a battery explode right in my face when I was a kid. Spent a day in the hospital and was super lucky not to lose an eye!

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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5243858 10/19/19 04:24 AM
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Originally Posted by ZZman
Either with your cables or theirs?

I have cables and am always willing to do it.


It depends. In the area I live now, typically the answer is "yes".
Where I used to live, "not my problem, sorry." Because people are shady, dirty, and just want to stick a shank in you and take your wallet, some places. Even the cops won't do a thing for you in that town. Had one pull over behind my college roommate and I when we had a flat on the highway. We had a spare, just no jack. "hate it for ya" pretty much, and drove off. Some places, you just don't adopt other people's problems if you don't want to get dead.

Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5243868 10/19/19 04:45 AM
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Nope. If I have a jump pack on me, they are more than welcome to use it themselves, though.

I've seen jumper cables hooked up backwards. Easy to do when it's dark and rainy in a low lit parking lot. I want no part of it on my vehicles and I don't want to be around for when someone ends up losing a computer over it.


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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5243897 10/19/19 05:50 AM
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I mean, sure if you use a little common sense. I'm assuming most of the people on this thread/site are men...if I were a woman I wouldn't jump start anyone's car, but as a man using a little bit of common sense/character assessment?? Yeah I would. And I have. One time I was at the gym and the owner came over and asked if I could jump a car in the parking lot, I was a little hesitant, but when I got out there it was two little old Irish ladies standing in front of an F150. Jumped it...oh thank you luv, you're an angel luv, oh my heavens luv (I'm trying to do this in an Irish accent). It's was a pretty cool day. Love that Irish accent.

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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5243989 10/19/19 08:05 AM
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If the situation looks legit and not a setup, I'm willing to lend a hand.
The last person who came asking for a jump was the divorcee next door who had cleverly left the key switch on for a good twenty four hours with her Patriot sitting in the garage. Unsurprisingly, it wouldn't crank at all. I told her that a jump would probably get her going but that it would be better for both the alternator and the battery to put it on a charger for several hours.
I brought over my battery charger and set it up and left with my wife on a shopping excursion. I gave it around four hours on the charger at a low rate and it was fine.
I remember that when she bought the Patriot she said she'd never owned a Jeep before.
I recall thinking that she still hadn't.


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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5244243 10/19/19 01:35 PM
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What I don't get...and I see it several times a week since I do a lot of driving...is when you see a broken down vehicle on the side of the road. This vehicle may have 4 flat tires, steam bellowing from the engine bay and pouring oil from an engine seal...and somebody will have their vehicle in front of it with jumper cables hooked to it.

Raise your hand if you know what I'm talking about.


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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5244257 10/19/19 01:55 PM
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As long as the situation seems safe, and it seems like a jump will actually do something, I'll try to help. I don't usually carry cables myself though.

One guy actually pulled out a $20 after jumping his truck off in the Jimmy John's parking lot, but I declined it.


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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: GoldDot40] #5244291 10/19/19 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by GoldDot40
What I don't get...and I see it several times a week since I do a lot of driving...is when you see a broken down vehicle on the side of the road. This vehicle may have 4 flat tires, steam bellowing from the engine bay and pouring oil from an engine seal...and somebody will have their vehicle in front of it with jumper cables hooked to it.

Raise your hand if you know what I'm talking about.


I don't see that a lot here, but I know exactly what you are talking about.

The same people come to my parts department with late 90s Expeditions with no boots on the ball joints, tons of play in the steering, the rear bumper dragging on the ground from blown out air springs, and metal to metal brakes with baby seats in the backseat and they want prices on upgrading their stereo or a wheel cover.


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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5244553 10/19/19 08:44 PM
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Just jump started a lady this week. Told her there was an O'reillys about 100 yards away, and to have them load test it. Of course she said 'yes',, then drove in the opposite direction.

Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: bdcardinal] #5244556 10/19/19 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by bdcardinal
Originally Posted by GoldDot40
What I don't get...and I see it several times a week since I do a lot of driving...is when you see a broken down vehicle on the side of the road. This vehicle may have 4 flat tires, steam bellowing from the engine bay and pouring oil from an engine seal...and somebody will have their vehicle in front of it with jumper cables hooked to it.

Raise your hand if you know what I'm talking about.


I don't see that a lot here, but I know exactly what you are talking about.

The same people come to my parts department with late 90s Expeditions with no boots on the ball joints, tons of play in the steering, the rear bumper dragging on the ground from blown out air springs, and metal to metal brakes with baby seats in the backseat and they want prices on upgrading their stereo or a wheel cover.


I think your customers are related to mine. They come in and want a quote on some important safety related parts like ball joints or shocks or brakes then they complain that they are too expensive and they can't afford it and go down aisle 2 and buy $100 worth of crap accessories like decals, flashy interior lights, etc.


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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: GoldDot40] #5244565 10/19/19 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by GoldDot40
What I don't get...and I see it several times a week since I do a lot of driving...is when you see a broken down vehicle on the side of the road. This vehicle may have 4 flat tires, steam bellowing from the engine bay and pouring oil from an engine seal...and somebody will have their vehicle in front of it with jumper cables hooked to it.

Raise your hand if you know what I'm talking about.


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Somehow I just thought of him

Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5244594 10/19/19 09:51 PM
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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5244901 10/20/19 10:58 AM
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To the extent of my knowledge and where there's not a risk of either me or the other party being hurt I'm generally happy to help people if I see them in need - others have done the same for me and I am incredibly grateful for it.


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Originally Posted by 240_Ed
To the extent of my knowledge I'm generally happy to help people if I see them in need - others have done the same for me and I am incredibly grateful for it.

I did edit this quote a little, but I salute it's sentiment.

Further, I refuse to live my life in fear. I know I looked pretty undesirable in my earlier life.


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