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Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? #5243271 10/18/19 11:00 AM
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Either with your cables or theirs?

I have cables and am always willing to do it.


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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5243277 10/18/19 11:05 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.


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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5243282 10/18/19 11:09 AM
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Yes. I recently jumped an older gentleman's Crown Vic at a grocery store. It probably depends "where" and "who".


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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5243284 10/18/19 11:10 AM
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I seem to do it about one once or twice a year.

Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5243291 10/18/19 11:15 AM
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No. Cars have so much electronics nowadays, I’m not taking the chance. Will give them a ride though if that’ll help. Been thinking of buying one of those stand alone jumper devices and keeping it in the car. I’d could use that with confidence, seems most work pretty well.


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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ET16] #5243292 10/18/19 11:16 AM
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depends how young she is.... blush

Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5243296 10/18/19 11:19 AM
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I'd say "depends".

condition (1 ) if the vehicle is older/way older (early 2000s ODB-2 type and older), w/o too much bells and whistles to begin with, and granted that all they ever need is just a quick "boost" on their weak battery, then yeah, 15 mins and then try turning over the engine.

condition (2 ) if it's around 2008 or younger, or with lots of electronic gadgetry (fancy euro cars), then the answer is a blunt "no".

carb'ed engined cars ok.

I don't want any blame/liability on me.

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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5243298 10/18/19 11:19 AM
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I carry one of those little lithium jump packs in one of my cars, and a standard lead acid battery jump pack in another. I haven't carried cables for several years. As long as the person doesn't look too shady, I'll walk over with the jump pack and help out. That little lithium one is usually a good conversation piece as no one thinks it's big enough to start their car - it always does, much to their amusement (heck, even I'm impressed!) wink

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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5243306 10/18/19 11:27 AM
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Back when cars had metal bumpers, I could bump bumpers, take my bumper jack, and use it from hot to hot to jump a car off. Had to do it a few times because I did not have jumper cables.

Yes, I have been known to lend a helping hand to a person that is stranded. Nowadays, I am a more wary about helping others because I don't like being cracked in the back of the head.


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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5243310 10/18/19 11:33 AM
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I rented a POS Jeep and was travelling down the forestry road south of Nordegg, Alberta. This was real wilderness. The battery crapped out and some good-ole yahoos boosted me with their side by side. Was very grateful. Of course we’re not talking about outside the LA bus station here.

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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: Squirrelee] #5243316 10/18/19 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Squirrelee
I carry one of those little lithium jump packs in one of my cars, and a standard lead acid battery jump pack in another. I haven't carried cables for several years. As long as the person doesn't look too shady, I'll walk over with the jump pack and help out. That little lithium one is usually a good conversation piece as no one thinks it's big enough to start their car - it always does, much to their amusement (heck, even I'm impressed!) wink

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Originally Posted by BigD1
Back when cars had metal bumpers, I could bump bumpers, take my bumper jack, and use it from hot to hot to jump a car off. Had to do it a few times because I did not have jumper cables.


Wow, never heard if doing that.


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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: ZZman] #5243323 10/18/19 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by ZZman
Originally Posted by BigD1
Back when cars had metal bumpers, I could bump bumpers, take my bumper jack, and use it from hot to hot to jump a car off. Had to do it a few times because I did not have jumper cables.


Wow, never heard if doing that.


+1 - me either. (My Dad did use a bumper jack to break the bead of a tire a few times however).


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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: mclasser] #5243364 10/18/19 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by mclasser
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.


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Re: Are you willing to jump start a stranger's vehicle? [Re: double vanos] #5243365 10/18/19 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by double vanos
No. Cars have so much electronics nowadays, I’m not taking the chance........

Me neither. It's not worth the risk. I would do it with my older truck. But not with either of my newer vehicles.

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