Sunday night trivia

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 19:16
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You are out camping and flatten your battery or both batteries.
It happens.

What to do?
If you have a petrol engined vehicle you can jack up a rear wheel, put the vehicle in 3rd or 4th gear, turn the ignition on and spin the wheel by means of your hands or using a rope( like starting a lawn mower). If your vehicle has LSD and won't co-operate then try the next trick. This one also applies to diesel vehicles.

Take the cranking battery out of its crate and pour the contents of the battery into a saucepan or whatever. Place on campfire and bring to boil. While this is happening put the battery back in its crate. Once the battery water and acid is boiling pour back into battery, trying not to spill a drop. Now crank the motor and you should have enough cranking amps to start the engine.

More trivia next Sunday.
Cheers, Willem
Never a dull moment
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Reply By: Billf - Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 19:21

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 19:21
Willem,
Your not one to be bored
Keep up the good work
William (my real name)
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Reply By: Ray M (Vic) - Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 19:28

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 19:28
Good stuff. Sounds like a good excuse to stay another day while the solar panel charges up the battery, whose in a hurry.Hooroo
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Reply By: jonny knowalittlebit - Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 21:42

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 21:42
not that im one to pick massive debates but does that actually work or should it be superceded with "in theory".... the boiling of the battery contents stuff that is.
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Follow Up By: ray91 - Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 02:14

Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 02:14
boiling the contents of the battery on an open fire ,, you would get a large explosion,the gass would go up and cover you in sulphuric acid, you then would not need the car to start I suppose.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 08:28

Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 08:28
Oh.... Ye of little faith

It does work. Have been in that situation myself.

Now why would it explode in an open saucepan?

Wonder what you will think of my next Bush Mechanics trivia. But you will have to wait a week. :-)Cheers, Willem
Never a dull moment
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Reply By: Simon - Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 22:50

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 22:50
And gets the insides of your saucepan really clean.
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 23:26

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 23:26
the marvels of semi modern science I love it good job Willem1999 NISSAN NAVARA DUALCAB
DIESEL 3.2 & SPRINGY CARLTON TOY
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Reply By: Slammin - Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 00:21

Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 00:21
Anybody ever watched Bush Mechanics that was on the ABC?
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Follow Up By: Member - Toonfish - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003 at 01:45

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003 at 01:45
yeah abc bush mechanics was an awesome show aye.
Love the way they fix a broken wishbone or joint just tiea tree to it like a sled and drive backwards.
and if your condenser is stuffed or hot put in a billy with gum leaves and water to cool it.
im not sure about the ethics of some of their spare parts though.
lol1999 NISSAN NAVARA DUALCAB
DIESEL 3.2 & SPRINGY CARLTON TOY
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Reply By: Chris (W.A.) - Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 04:36

Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 04:36
A safer way is to take the battery in question out, wrap in a towel and pour boiling water over it and the towel. Combined, you get more prolonged heat penetrating the battery hence increasing the electrolytes or whatever it is - it it doesn't start after that...something else must be wrong.Gibb River in July.
Chris
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Follow Up By: Simon - Thursday, Jul 17, 2003 at 12:56

Thursday, Jul 17, 2003 at 12:56
A much better idea I think Chris.

I would actualy rather be stranded with a flat battery than driving in to hospital covered in acid burns.
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Reply By: bruce.h (WA) - Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 10:56

Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 10:56
dont forget to tip boiling water over your glow plugs as well as this makes it easer to start
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003 at 09:15

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003 at 09:15
And give the saucepan a bit of a rinse before warming up the kids baked beans.
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