• archenok Posted: 1/27/2011 4:02pm PST

    hmm - for booster - as I understand it the running car (its alternator) provides the electricity to start the dead car's motor. Once started, the alternator's on the car with the dead battery takes over and charges up the dead battery. Once the dead car starts then the booster cables can be put away.
    Shouldn't take 30 minutes nor should the dead battery need to be charged up before starting...? If so something's gone wrong.

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 1/19/2011 5:18am PST

    @Pulse: Thanks very much for the Flickr link. Must admit I didn't check Flickr for photos with the correct rights. If you can give me the Flickr user name (which wasn't evident from the URL), I can check that image to see whether (a) it's posted under Creative Commons rights; and (b) it's also approved for commercial usage.
    As for "D'oh!" vs "duh!" ... hmmmmm. My inner copy editor will chew that one over for awhile.

  • PulSe Posted: 1/18/2011 9:49pm PST

    "Duct tape (well, D'OH!)"
    Thanks for the article - don't mean to be so critical - but - 'Duh' and D'oh are not interchangeable. 'D'oh!' really doesn't make sense in this context.

  • Pulse Posted: 1/18/2011 9:42pm PST

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2492/4054136553_d6e689e38d_b.jpg
    The photo you should have used - found in 30 seconds with Google Image Search. Search: "2010 Subaru Outback Snow"

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 1/18/2011 3:01pm PST

    @JKD: Cheap cables often take longer to deliver enough charge from the good battery to the dead one. I got stuck with a thin, cheap pair once and it took half an hour of idling the running car with the cables attached to deliver enough charge where the dead battery would crank.

  • rich Posted: 1/18/2011 1:25pm PST

    You don't have any photos of Subarus in snow?! Huh? Come again?

  • JKD Posted: 1/18/2011 12:20pm PST

    And also what's wrong with cheap booster cables as long as they conduct electricity...

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 1/18/2011 12:20pm PST

    Well, for a rear-wheel drive car, you can bungee the kids to the back bumper to get some weight on the driven wheels. That should help.

  • Karen Posted: 1/18/2011 11:51am PST

    I use bungee cords to secure the sides of my chains

  • fb_100000975824039 avatar fb_100000975824039 Posted: 1/18/2011 9:32am PST

    I thought the same thing. Maybe the bungee cords are to hold up dislodged muffer, unruly child, etc.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 1/18/2011 8:12am PST

    Great advice. One thing I don't understand. How do I use the bungee cords to get out of the snow? Are they for attaching the tow rope to the car?