Posted 11 August 2018 - 01:06 PM
Stopped at the grocery store yesterday, walking on the way in there's a lady in a pickup truck, twist key rakrakrakrak, dead battery. Grab the two items I needed and walking back out see nobody else has helped so walk over and ask if she needs a jump start. She thanks me and says yes, was about to call someone but they're in Golden Meadow (about 15 miles away).
Go get the car, pull up in front and go grab the little bag of tools I keep in the back of the car. Remove the jump leads, undo the wire tie that's holding them wrapped up because I've never used them before.
Connect up and nothing. Wiggle connections a bit to clear corrosion off the terminals, nothing. Wiggle a bit more and the wire falls off one of the red terminals.
Do what now? Check the rest and they all bloody well fall off, the wires all turned to grayish powder.
Borrow a pen knife off the lady, strip the insulation back until I find moderately decent metal, clip the wires to the terminals with the clamps using them like clothes pegs and away she goes.
What the hell is wrong with stuff these days? I understand that in order to make things cheap, China is turned to (they were stamped made in China) but in order for China to make it cheap corners gotta be cut somewhere. Seems in this case it was in materials.
My old man has a set of jump leads from the sixties, made in the UK, they've been stored in the same, if not worse conditions since he bought them and despite being dirty they still work fine and show no signs of deterioration. These leads are only five years old. That and the amount of metal inside the big rubber outside makes it look like you're trying to start a car with spark plug wires.
There's a problem with that, new cars need more reliable electricity than old ones with all the electronic jazz that gets switched on when you flip the key to IGN. How that gets through microscopic modern jump leads I'll never know.
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