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Cutter De Blanc

Do you enjoy driving?

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paperbagdude

I guess the joy of driving depends on where and when you drive.

 

Through the city in rush hour? Nah, I make sure to schedule my plans to fit in with calmer traffic.

 

On open, empty country roads where you can justify giving the engine a little extra gas while blasting bangers alone or with friends? Yes.

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Cutter De Blanc
On 10/10/2020 at 11:45 PM, sivispacem said:

and to be honest you learn far more of it in your first year after passing your test then you ever do before.

Too bad my car broke down not even 6 months after passing my test. The whole experience really has just ruined the idea of driving or enjoying my car at all for me. Now its just embarassing and rusting away on my property because I cant afford to get it fixed

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sivispacem
24 minutes ago, Cutter De Blanc said:

Too bad my car broke down not even 6 months after passing my test. The whole experience really has just ruined the idea of driving or enjoying my car at all for me. Now its just embarassing and rusting away on my property because I cant afford to get it fixed

Sounds to me like the car could be the problem rather than driving itself. That said, my first car was also super unreliable and pretty awful now I look back on it. Do you're hardly alone there.

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universetwisters

f*ck yes. I haven't been delivering pizzas for 5 years just for the tips alone

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unopescio

I love it. Shame the pigs took me license for 6 months, I get it back in December. I have 3 cars and cant drive any of them hahaha....               someone kill me..

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K^2

I used to before I moved to California. Driving in California is nothing but a chore.

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Tacymist

For a while now I've had a fear of driving, I'm not exactly sure where my fear stemmed from but I have been hit by a car before and I was in a wheelchair for 6 weeks, so that may be a factor. I have a crippling fear of causing an accident and hurting someone so I've tried to avoid driving for as long as possible.

 

Recently I've tried to overcome my limitations and facing my fears, so I started learning how to drive at the age of 32. lol I already have my license, I managed to pass the test on my first go, so I'm a little proud of that. But I'm still very tense when I'm on the street, so I can't say I enjoy driving. 

 

However in my most recent driving lesson I felt somewhat content behind the wheel. The only issue I had was I was having trouble staying awake because this lesson was right after work, so we ended the lesson 10 mins early. Next lesson he wants to take me on the highway, it'll be my first time driving in that type of environment. 😬

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Thejeffster

It's fun depending on the situation, just being on the open road, on a highway just cruising with your friends, listening to some good music. But yeah I enjoy driving, I don't enjoy traffic though. 

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Kushology
22 hours ago, Thejeffster said:

It's fun depending on the situation, just being on the open road, on a highway just cruising with your friends, listening to some good music. But yeah I enjoy driving, I don't enjoy traffic though. 

 

I love back roads more than a highway. No speed limit if no one is around.. lol

 

It's nice to listen to up-beat music when in a mood to hit some bends, unfortunately, we got our first official blizzard/snowfall of the year so, sticking away from that for a while. Scaring passengers is also a fun thing to do.

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Cutter De Blanc

I only got a car last year. My family never really had one growing up. I failed my first driver's test, tried to make an unprotected left turn into oncoming traffic. 

 

I automatically failed my second test because my friend who was supposed to be my licenced driver when I went down to the DMV decided to not help me because he "didnt feel safe or comfortable riding in the car with me"

 

I passed my test the third time in May, and then my car broke down in August, not three months later and has just been sitting in front of my house ever since.

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K^2
5 hours ago, Cutter De Blanc said:

I passed my test the third time in May, and then my car broke down in August, not three months later and has just been sitting in front of my house ever since.

Excellent opportunity to start learning how to fix cars. Outside of problems with transmission, which usually require lifting out the engine to fix, and the engine block itself, you can fix most problems using relatively simple tools, so long as you don't mind putting in the time. Replacement parts can get expensive, but there are a lot of problems that get solved with a very cheap part, especially if you don't mind buying used.

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On 11/24/2020 at 4:20 PM, K^2 said:

Excellent opportunity to start learning how to fix cars. Outside of problems with transmission, which usually require lifting out the engine to fix, and the engine block itself, you can fix most problems using relatively simple tools, so long as you don't mind putting in the time. Replacement parts can get expensive, but there are a lot of problems that get solved with a very cheap part, especially if you don't mind buying used.

Well the guy who was working on it broke the mounting bracket for the alternator,  and then just stopped working on it, and that alone is a 150 dollar part that was discontinued 18 years ago, that I cant find, much less afford, not to mention I cant afford tools. The junkyard is on the opposite side of the city, and public transportation doesnt go out there, so I cant even get there without a car

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K^2
On 11/26/2020 at 8:57 AM, Cutter De Blanc said:

mounting bracket for the alternator

Alternator's usually mounted to allow quite a bit of movement before you tighten the nuts to allow you to adjust belt tension. It makes the bracket important, but also less essential that you find one that's exactly right. You might be able to get a bracket from a different car and make it work. You might need to drill a mounting hole, which can be a bit of a challenge if you don't have tools, but I would first see if distance between mounting holes is some nice round number that could end up used by another car model by pure chance.

 

There are also far more brutal ways of fixing that. You really just need the alternator to stay in place and keep belt under tension. You can technically just use rope. Though, in a hardware store you might be able to find metal strips with a fastener that you can tighten in a loop. They are usually used for duct work. I've used one to hold a muffler of a car once. It's not pretty, but it works.

 

On 11/26/2020 at 8:57 AM, Cutter De Blanc said:

cant afford tools

Well, that's why needing only the basic stuff helps. Hopefully, it's all stuff you can borrow. Some pliers, wrenches and sockets, and maybe a screwdriver set. Fancy tools make repairs easier, faster, and safer, but you don't strictly need them.

 

On 11/26/2020 at 8:57 AM, Cutter De Blanc said:

The junkyard is on the opposite side of the city

You can do a short drive without alternator, but I wouldn't generally recommend it, unless you're absolutely sure that you have a fresh battery in good condition, and even then, you get maybe 20 minutes of run time. Still, something to keep in mind if you decide that the only thing you can do with that car is junk it or sell it.

 

That said, if you can get what you need from a hardware store, surely that opens up public transit as an option. And even if you need to go to junkyard for parts, maybe you can get a ride from someone?

 

 

I understand that there are a lot of obstacles, but each one individually is bite-sized problem you can figure out. At some point you might decide that the car isn't worth all the trouble, but then it'd make sense to try and sell it, and for that, getting it to minimal running condition might help you get a lot more money for it.

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Stoakzee

I enjoy driving (I get paid to do it 😎) but it's other drivers that piss me off, so many impatient people out there wanting to get from A to B in record time.

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