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Journeys : Apr May 2011
These are some of the situations I encounter during a typical day as a Roadside patrolman. I have included tips on to how to overcome some of the more common problems when your car w ill not start. This may eliminate the need to call RACT Roadside. • Many of the newer manual transmission– equipped cars will not start unless your foot is on the clutch. • Most automatic cars require your foot to be on the brake to release the gear lever from the Park position. • Automatic cars will not start when in dr ive or reverse; the gear lever should be in Park (P) or Neutral (N). It can be very embarrassing for you when I turn up and ask you to put the gear lever in Park or Neutral, a simple remedy! • If the steer ing wheel is locked and the key will not turn, simply wiggle the steering wheel and turn the key at the same time. • In the case of cars equipped w ith an immobiliser, when you have unlocked your car but some time has elapsed before you actually attempt to start the engine, an immobiliser can often rearm/reactivate but not lock the doors and thereby prevent you from starting the engine. This often happens, for example, when refuelling, listening to the radio or having lunch in the car. All that is required is a simple press of the appropr iate button on the remote control keypad. This will disarm the immobiliser and allow you to start your car. In some cases you may have to lock then unlock the car. • If you find that your batter y is flat from, for example, leaving the lights on for 30 to 40 minutes, turn them off and, if possible, wait a couple of hours before calling for help. If the battery is in good condition the car should start after this time has elapsed because the battery will have had time to recover. • To prevent flooding your vehicle’s engine w ith fuel it is important to remember not to move your car for short distances or run the engine for less than 30 seconds. This could happen when moving your car out of the garage to park in your driveway or in similar situations. The car may not start next time you attempt to drive as the cylinders will most likely be flooded w ith fuel. • Beware of driving with less than a quarter of a tank of fuel. If you park on one of our state’s steep driveways or streets you may have problems starting your car. • A common cause of flat batter ies is leaving the map reading lights on. When the car doors are closed the main interior lights automatically switch off but not necessar ily the reading lights in the front. This often occurs when using these lights in an underground car park, when for example, you are filling in log books. • If you’ve just purchased a new or secondhand motor vehicle, grab the manual and take some time to check all the features and quirky functions of your car. Jules’ Gems Regular motoring tips from RACT patrolman Julian McGarry Life on the move April / May 2011 29 Tasmania’s Premier Lifestyle Village A Southern Cross Care (TAS.) Inc. Project. This unique & exciting project is now 80% SoLd Terrace Villas due for completion late March 2011 Stage 4 Released soon! Expressions of interest now invited. Transform your Lifestyle 15 St CAnICE AVEnuE SAndy BAy www.SAInTCA nICE.CoM.Au PriceS from $335 000 Contact: Mark Cobern (03) 62 167 160 or 0428 393 913 E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org diSPLay UniT aVaiLabLe To View by aPPoinTmenT waTer ViewS STiLL aVaiLabLe!
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