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I have a trailer ball/hitch, but want to push-start sometime
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can someone explain the relationship between the bumper and push starting?

Every time I've push started a manual car/van, the push has come from my hands on the A pillar and/or helpers hands on the rear corners...but I drive manual transmissions.

No way would I opt to push start my car with another vehicle shoving the back bumper when I could just push on the A pillar with my hands instead.

I've heard that it's possible to push start an auto trans if you get up to around 30...but I'd have to be pretty desperate to give that a try...and I'd think a tow rope pulling the non-starting vehicle would be a lot less crazy than a bumper push up to 30.

As an aside, my friend's uncle had an auto-transmission truck with a starting issue. He asked a lady in a truck at a gas station to push him up to 30 so he could push start it. She asked "are you sure it will be OK? Really??", he said it would be fine. The lady got in her truck and drove off. He thought she must have not been interested in helping that much until he looked in the rear view mirror and saw her barreling toward him at 35MPH. She rear ended him and totaled both trucks.

Moral of the story: Drive a manual transmission, and just push on the A pillar with your hands if you ever need to push start your rig.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of guys would just park facing downhill...

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My laugh came at the fact there seems to be a regular need to push start the van. So much so that a custom wood laminated bumper is in the works.


I know, right?!!!
Makes me wonder how he treats other's doors when perpendicular parking.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A more practical reason why to not park by touch......

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