Friday, October 28, 2005

Bad Remote Start!

Today I saw first hand why remote start is not supposed to be installed on manual transmission cars…

I always keep my car parked in neutral with the parking brake on. I never feel comfortable leaving it in gear while parked, as I’m told that the weight of the car will wear the gears down.

Apparently as I parked the car last night, the car died just as I parked… for some reason, I just left it as it was, with the car in first gear. So as I go to remote start it today, the car tries to drive away! WTF!

I had an even mixture of horror and amusement. Obviously I was worried that the car would take off on its own and possibly damage something or hurt someone. But at the same time, it reminded me of KITT (the car from Knight Rider!) My favorite episode was when KITT faced off against another car that had all the same abilities, simply called CAR (CAR had the voice of Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots in Transformers.)

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