View Full Version : car won't start!

14-02-2004, 12:46 AM
Last night I was at the Taipan Coffee bean having a nite out with my wife. When it was time to go home, I could not start my car. Tried as I may, the engine just refused to crank up. I called my car insurance "24 Hours" help line. The operator replied " ...but sir, it is near mid-night, I will try get you some help. The tow truck may be there with you in about 3 hours from now." Wow ! "help" was on the way.

Could not wait, I called up my USJ neighbours. Good USJ neighbours. Within 10 minutes, two of them arrived with battery jump start cables. After all the huh-hah, I found out the reason the car couldn't be started. It was because the auto-gear stick was in the "R" position. It shoud be in the "P" position before you can start the car. What an embarassing mistake !

The next time you could not start your car and you think you have a flat battery, think smart, check your auto-gear stick position before your call for help. You may just have the stick in the wrong position!

Left 4th Finger
14-02-2004, 01:13 AM
Hi unchangeng,

Just glad to know that u and ur wife r ok. :D

14-02-2004, 01:20 AM
uchangeng, nice tip :) thanks, and to the auto-drivers, put gear to P position for parking..

15-02-2004, 11:24 AM
This I must share with you on the same topic. Last week I was at the IC dept car park when I chanced upon a car which refused to start with family members after a wedding ceremony inside. Being a helpful person, I approached the driver and offered my help. Unfortunately, I couldn't find my jumper wire so I suggested he buys one down the road and I could help him to jump start. Guess what he suggested. He said "No need jumper cables. You just remove your battery and fix it in my car and let it run for a while. When my car is fully charged, you can take it back? I will fix back my battery and it will work" I was dumbfounded. When I tried explaining to him that his car is running on fuel and not battery, he asked me whether I was keen to help him or I was afraid that he would run away with my battery. Gosh......instead of being thankful that someone was willing to assist him, he became rude. I don't like rude people so I could not tolerate it but looking at the family members all sweating in the car, I tried again explaining to him again in lay man terms and this time he became even more rude and rejected me. So I drove off.

15-02-2004, 08:05 PM

you r model USJ neighbour, I wish I had someone like you offering me help that night!

In fact, at that night, I had 4 of my church going friends in the coffee bean drinking coffee, non offer any meaningful help! I am not sure I can call them friends anymore after that.

I thank God, nevertheless, because He sent help from USJ neighbours within 10 minutes(with jump start cables) of my distress call and I had my car started after the neighbour spotted the gear stick was in the "R" position.

16-02-2004, 11:01 PM
wonder why any one wd reject an offer for help from another fellow human being.

wonder why any one wd refuse to help even when able to.

human beings are capable of all things though.