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franfran wrote:Well, quite a few years back, when I was driving a 1976 Holden Gemini (for those of you who don't know what that is, it's more or less the Australian version of the Opel Kadet) I had a problem with the points in the distributor burning out. I decided to replace the points, capacitor, plugs and leads myself. When I took out the old points, one of the retaining screws fell off and into the distributor, underneath the baseplate, where I couldn't reach it. Then my glasses fell off, hit the engine and landed on the concrete floor, getting chipped in the process. After trying to get to the screw unsuccessfully, swearing at it, staring at it and wondering what to do, I unbolted the distributor from the block (remembering to mark its position before I lifted it out), held it upside down over a sheet of paper and shook it until the screw fell out. Then I proceeded to fit all the bits and reattach the distributor. I must have done something right, as the car ran much better afterwards, although the job took a lot longer than it should have done.....
Kagirl wrote:Pam, my first car was a Mini - I really loved it except when it would refuse to start when it rained! Sometimes I would be driving along on a wet day and it would just start stuttering and cut out. Believe it or not my dad cured it with a rubber glove, he put it over part of the engine somehow - a black bit with wires coming out - and it was much better after that!!
Moira Mac wrote:It didn't involve me, but I once heard of a woman with a car with an automatic gearbox who couldn't understrand why her car worked during the day and not at night. She soon got the problem sorted when a mechanic told her 'D' means 'Drive' and 'N' means 'Neutral' and that the letters do not represent 'Day' and 'Night'.
Have you heard the one about the young lady who bought a brand new car? She kept on returning it back to the dealer, complaining that the engine was over heating, and was high on fuel consumption. This really baffled the dealer, as his mechanics repeatedly examined the car but could not find anything wrong with it.
The young lady insisted that there was something wrong with the car. "It always happens when I drive it!" she informed the dealer.
In desperation, the dealer asked the young lady to drive the car in his presence. So he sat in the passenger's seat and asked her to start the engine and take the car for a short drive. The young lady got the car keys out of her *a**a*, pulled the choke lever out to its full position, hanged her *a**a* on the choke lever, started the car and proceeded to drive it!
Moira Mac wrote:I've only ever driven an automatic once, and that was only for a short time in America.
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