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Can't Teach a New Car Old Tricks

As i came off the highway i needed to slow down. I used a trick my grandfather taught me. Unfortunately i exceeded engine limitations.

On a car with manual transmission, instead of wearing down your brakes, you can put the car into a low gear, like 3rd or 4th, and slowly let up the clutch. The engine will rev and the car will slow down.

Well i threw the car into 2nd, and lifted the clutch to quickly. The tachometer spiked. The engine stalled. The steering stiffened. The brakes weren't very effective. Now any stick driver knows you can start the engine while the car is coasting. Mine wouldn't start. I barely made it to a tertiary road and parked near the curb. Mark will try to give me a jump in the morning.


Jump Failed

tags: car, Eclipse, tow
The jump failed. My insurer provides roadside assistance, i.e. a tow to a garage. The flatbed took my car and i to a Bethesda Aamco, which i requested. They'll look at the car this afternoon. I'm at work. Mark (what a guy) will pick me up later.
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Engine Flooded

tags: car, engine, flood
Good news, i flooded the engine. When trying to restart it, i drained the battery. The alternator is working fine. We'll see if the battery is holding a charge tomorrow morning.
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