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Interesting Ford story... Maybe you have an idea on it, too...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by newyorkin, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. newyorkin

    newyorkin 1 ton status

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    I went to a buddy's house today to help him change the starter on his 92 Crown Vic. I'm thinking piece of cake 10 minute job... Which it was.

    But I go hook the battery back up, spark here, spark there as I move it around to reconnect, then once I get it on the post, the engines cranks and starts! Dave and I look at each other like "What's up here?"
    I'm like "Crap, I crossed the solenoid somehow", so I crawl under and look, and it's all normal... The starter wasn't cranking continuously either.
    I don't know what's up, but he's holding the keys up to show me they're not in the column, and I'm thinking "How the heck am I going to kill this motor?"
    I stupidly thought somehow there was a short that the battery was powering, so I pulled off the hot lead again. No change, car still running, but now I'm thinking crap, I'm going to fry the alternator, so I can't reconnect the hot.
    I run to the fuse box think I can yank some ignition fuses, just til I figure this out. I get under, and for reasons I'm not sure of, I look at, then hit the brake pedal with my hand, and the motors dies.

    He used to have remote start, but lost the remotes. Best guess I can make is that the remote start controller had a freak out when I was connecting the battery, then just decided to start the car. We hooked it up again and it didn't change...

    So we're pretty convinced now that his Crown Vic is possessed :haha: :haha: :haha: :eek1: :eek1:
     
  2. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze 1/2 ton status

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    That happens to mine ( i have a remote start for my truck), when I forget to flip the kill switch when I work on the motor. :haha: :haha: :haha:

    I like to remote start the truck when people are walking by, it kind of startles them to see no driver. :laugh:
     
  3. Inu-Hanyou1776

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    Remote starting ain't for me. To me it's one of those 'do not need' luxury items just like onboard navigation is.
     
  4. diesel4me

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    don't like them either...

    I told of how the Toyota dealership across the street from me had an Escort in the used car trade in section of the lot with a remote starter setup--a neighbor who live right behind the dealership has a jeep cherroke that was found running for over a day and a half--another tennant of the next door apartment called the cops to complain the jeep had been left running and unnatended for more than 24 HRS!...

    The cops came and woke the owner up at 1 am--he told them he hadn't driven it for 3 days!--he shut it off ,and went back to bed--2 hours later the cops were banging on his door again--the jeep was running again! :eek1: --the guy swore he did not start it up himself,and thought maybe somone was trying to steal it--but the doors were still locked..

    So he goes out to the jeep and shuts it off..as they are standing there,the jeep suddenly cranks over all by itself,and starts up again--while the owner is standing there with the keys still in his hand!...finally the cop asks "you have one of those remote starter things??" "Yeah,it does,but I never use it"....the cop looks over at the Toyota dealership--it had snowed the past few nights,and a crew of plows were moving all the cars at the dealership,so they could plow the lot--evidently the Ford Escort they had was the same frequency as the guys jeep--and it was close enough to start BOTH vehicles every time they started the Escort!...the guy took his battery cable off,so he could get some sleep!...

    I hate those remote starters,and car alarms..all they do is give grief after a few years in our salty environment..car alarms only annoy people (and at least 1 goes off nightly at the 13 car dealerships nearby :mad: )-plus they can screw up and kill the ignition,so the car has no spark,and you have to mess with wires for hours until you find out how to disable it,(many people I know buy a lot of unessasary parts thinking a module died or something--or they give up and sell or junk the car because they can't figure out how to make it start again!)---

    --and the remote starters can cause all kinds of problems with the starting curcuit once they go haywire..I bet a lot of rebuilt starters get bought and installed for nothing,when its the remote starters "brain" that died from salt eating the printed curcuit board inside the control module..Just more fancy crap to go bad,and cause problems..not to mention its awaste of fuel and mony to start your car and leave it running 15 minites ,just so you wont be cold!--poor baby! :rolleyes: :crazy:
     
  5. Z3PR

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    I want it for those extreamly cold winter morning !!!! We get those 20 below wind chill factors going on around here. being able too go out to a warm vehicle with the windows defrosted sounds pretty nice to me, LOL.
     
  6. Inu-Hanyou1776

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    You might have a point about that, but the coldest it gets in the winter here in mine and dontoe's neck of the woods is about 20 to 30, 'bout the temperature ice to starts to form.
     
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    BBrrrrr. If it gets below 50 I dont go outside.
     
  8. Inu-Hanyou1776

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    That story by diesel4me about the escort and jeep was all the added incentive I needed to convince me that only thing remote starters do for you is add tons of headaches.

    Money spent on buying them I think would be better spent on making your rig more trail capable.
     
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    I agree with that. When you drive 8 miles to work, you just START to have a heater when you're almost all the way to work already....
    I wouldn't mind one, but till then, I'll just run down and start it, take the door key with me and lock the truck.
     

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