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    Yesterday I had a Honda (read new Civic) driving friend of mine calling me that he has a flat battery because he car wouldn't start and on the phone he also asked me to bring a jack over.

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    What good is jack for when you have a flat battery?!?!?!

    I was baffled all the way driving there to meet him, of course I did not bring a jack knowing that his vehicle has one.

    Can some fellow AFroggers shed some lights behind his possible reasoning??

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    I always jack my car up when charging the battery, don't you?

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    After you met up, did you ask him/her if he/she knew what a jack is?

    I once had a problem starting the engine due to a faulty fule pump relay, ie the engine turns strongly but won't fire. The friend with me at the time asked me if I need to jump-start the car.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by macquered
    I always jack my car up when charging the battery, don't you?

    Are you talking about using a battery charger??? I take the battery out and charge it on bench or something similar

    OR, are you talking about jacking up the driving wheels to charge the battery

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    Perhaps he was going to use the jack handle to belt the buggery out of the car?
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    Ignition on, jack up one side of the front, second/third gear. Grab the tyre with both hands, and spin it in a forwards direction as hard as you can...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BW205
    Yesterday I had a Honda (read new Civic) driving friend of mine calling me that he has a flat battery because he car wouldn't start and on the phone he also asked me to bring a jack over.

    What good is jack for when you have a flat battery?!?!?!

    I was baffled all the way driving there to meet him, of course I did not bring a jack knowing that his vehicle has one.

    Can some fellow AFroggers shed some lights behind his possible reasoning??

    Cheers
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    I thought practically all new cars came with "roadside assist" these days? You pay for it, so you may as well use it. Then the friend would also have some basic analysis of the problem ready to rip into the dealer ASAP
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    Ignition on, jack up one side of the front, second/third gear. Grab the tyre with both hands, and spin it in a forwards direction as hard as you can...
    a beautiful image you paint there

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowie
    a beautiful image you paint there
    ...but it works! Even better NAKED!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO
    I thought practically all new cars came with "roadside assist" these days? You pay for it, so you may as well use it.
    I think his car ran just out of Roadside Assist. The car is about 1-2 years old..I think. So I made him to call RACQ...there is nothing I can do there cos I don't even have a set of jumper leads with me (my dad has one but he is like 80km away).

    I think he got quite shock and disappointed by how RACQ charge for a crappy roadside battery.

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    Forgot to add that he drives a slush-box Honda Civic....therefore can't exactly push started.

    Although I do love the way how Honda has place the Shifter on the dash....it is so French

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    maybe it wasnt the jack he was after but rather Jack, ... you know a fit friend that can push the car for the jump start?

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    Maybe he wanted a bottle of JD because he was depressed.

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    :mrgreen: that allso works..

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    That allso works..

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    Originally posted by BW205
    .....I think he got quite shock and disappointed by how RACQ charge for a crappy roadside battery.
    Are they 'crappy'?

    I know they're branded 'RACQ'... but they're from a reputable maker and carry warranties.

    My nephew does this work, he loves fitting new batteries to these cars he fixes on the side of the road.

    And why not? He makes $6 commission if he sells a battery.

    Of course, he's no salesman, but if the owner simply says 'it must be the battery, fit a new one!' I know he would stop looking for other issues as the primary cause until the new battery was in there.

    He gets to keep the old ones too, that's probably something he likes even more... some of them still have life in them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Bell
    Are they 'crappy'?

    My dad's Foulcan Wagon had the unlucky nature of using those batteries twice because we were down on the roadside with a flat battery.

    Those batteries only lasted 13 months ... 1 months outside the warranty period. We now got a Calcium plate battery ..the ones that was describe in an old thread a while ago. And been in the car close to 2 years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BW205
    My dad's Foulcan Wagon had the unlucky nature of using those batteries twice because we were down on the roadside with a flat battery.

    Those batteries only lasted 13 months ... 1 months outside the warranty period. We now got a Calcium plate battery ..the ones that was describe in an old thread a while ago. And been in the car close to 2 years now.

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    Falcons chew through batteries ((EA-EF, possiby others as well). One of those brilliant ideas of having the exhaust manifold close to the battery in a shallow engine bay compartment with limited ventilation. Battery boxes, heat wraps etc dont do much according to the cabbies specially the owner drivers. Apprently Apollo batteries seem to have a rather good name for surviving the extreme conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BW205
    We now got a Calcium plate battery ..the ones that was describe in an old thread a while ago. And been in the car close to 2 years now.

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    I remembered that it was you Deka, recommending those batteries....but I wasn't sure at the time the last post

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