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Nothing but a click by Steve Foss got me thinking of times where a vehicle failed me and put me in a bad spot mechanically.

Thought it would be interesting to hear some different situations that are a bit out of the norm.

I have 2 that come to mind.

First one: 1974 olds delta 88 going around corner battery shorts out on frame and smoke comes from under dash and I just about lose all steering. Remedy replace stering columb strap battery down.


Ignition tumblers fail in stearing columb of a 85 Scotsdale pickup so I can not turn keey to start, of course happens in the middle of no where. Remedy pull push rod out of stering columb and run wire to a push button to selanoid to get it started. I never replaced the the stering columb as I always thought it was neat to start the old beast with the push button.

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Out on a tiny slough in SD. FIL leaves key turned in vehicle and battery is dead. We pull battery and put it in shack and turn heater on full blast. It was about 80* in the shack for 2 hours. Pickup started like a charm. Didnt even hesitate.

But I have the best luck with cars. Other than leaving lights on or getting stuck, nothing ever happens carwise.

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Good solutions in both cases. My '85 Silverado had the same issue with ignition tumblers a couple years ago. Luckily, I was in town at the time. I live in a small town where they won't tow your vehicle if it's parked at the side of the road just because it sits there a day or two.

I had an alternator bracket break on me when I was hunting up in Colorado a bunch of years ago. I lived up there at the time and worked for a gold mine at 10,000 feet. I was driving a '72 F250 Camper Special with a 390 and an automatic tranny, and was able to take some scrap No. 9 wire laying in the bed of the pickup, wrap it around the alternator, fix it to the sidewall and insert an aspen stick in the wire, twisting the stick to tighten the wire so there was enough tension on the alternator belt to charge the battery. I wedged the stick under the starter solenoid on the sidewall to keep the tension on.

I thought it would only have to last until I got back to town, but it ended up lasting for six months, which was how long it took me to be able to afford to have the alternator bracket welded. When you're poor in a small mining town in the Colorado Rockies, you are POOR. gringrin

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I'm not a Ford guy in general, but I do confess a certain fondness for placing the starter solenoid on the sidewall, where access was easy and a fellow could use a slip-lock pliers to bypass the solenoid if it failed.

And of course there was the handful of black pepper I threw in the radiator of that same vehicle to seal a few pinhole leaks in the radiator.

After that, I drove that truck for five years and never had a coolant leak/overheat issue the whole time.

Life was simpler then. gringrin

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This incident of mine happened when I was working on one car, & parked too close with the other. I'm thinking some Gremlins got out of the one car & migrated into the other.

Well, I finished working on the project car, cleaned up & started to drive home. I got to the gas station, shut off the car (daily driver), filled it up, paid for the gas, & walked back out to start the daily driver. Turned the ignition & just got a massive "DSZSZSZSZ" noise. I pondered my options with the key on, saw that my voltage guage dropped to nothing & then came to life after about 30 seconds. This happened about 3 times, then my senses came about. I popped the hood, grabbed my jumper cables, hooked one end to the Battery & grounded out the other end of the engine.

The Vehicle started & I drove it back home, the 150 miles, replaced the battery grounding cable & I was good to go.

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My tumblers failed on my pickup AFTER i started it. Was on the way from college back to the apartment, got there and wouldnt shut off. Had to pull the coil wire off and kill it that way, and unhook the battery.

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Lower ball joint/control arm broke on a early model Eagle Vision.

I walked home, about a 1/2 block, and called the tow truck.

Sold it the next day.

Pretty much fixed that problem permanently.

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    • What’s your biggest question 
    •  A shorter season is not going to help with some to allow access
    •   Here's one. Yes get rid of the Deer farms. So far their the only places CWD has occurred in MN. Here's two. Until it was even discovered or there was a way to test for it. How does anyone even know that there has not always been some amount of CWD in the Deer herds in every state?  Here's three. As PF said above. Party hunting has been a long time family tradition for many hunting families for like ever. There are still many families who actually need and can use the meat still in this state. Filling the freezer means more to many then Antlers on the wall.  Which by looking at my Avatar, I can't really say much about but know the folks we use to hunt with up north were pretty darn poor and counted on venison.   I also don't want young hunters which are becoming more in short supply according to another post not long ago about less people hunting and tag sales dropping.  Not being able to take their first Deer because a bunch of antler mongers want them to sit and count points as their first Deer is walking away. If anything, for the APR folks lets put an age limit on it so young folks can still take a few Deer before they want to give it up, because they can't shoot the deer they finally see or just Does.  I know my son's first buck was a fork horn but to him it was the terdy point buck!  
    • Ask Wisconsin how that's working out.    The staying confined part.    With luck and cooperation, perhaps it can be eradicated from the spots where it has been found here.   It seems to have happened in Pine Island.
    • Party hunting is one of the things that biund families together and built life long hunting traditions. Why on Earth would you want to end that and have everyone hunt in isolation? We need more of hunters coming together and sharing experiences and not less.  If all you get out of hunting is obsessing over bigger and bigger deer you are missing out on what hunting is all about.
    • Just looking for any  information that people would like to share. Been reading a lot and watching a lot of videos but I’m sure there’s lots to learn from others on the board. 
      Town Bay is open. The east basin is ice free. Bluegill - Fair: Use waxworms and crawlers fished under a bobber from the floating dock and along Ice House Point shoreline. Black Crappie - Fair: Catch crappie from the floating dock in Town Bay and along Ice House Point shoreline using minnows and crawlers suspended below a bobber.  Brushy Creek Lake
      Any remaining ice is unsafe for travel. More reports will be available as we receive them.  Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
      Any remaining ice is unsafe for travel. Immediately after ice out is a good time to target channel catfish along shore using cut bait.  A few western Iowa lakes are still partially ice covered. However, open water fishing is occurring on most lakes. More reports will be available as more anglers get out on open water. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. Beeds Lake
      Ice thickness is 10-13 inches. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie - Fair.  Clear Lake
      Ice thickness is 12-16 inches. Ice at the accesses has deteriorated; vehicle traffic is not recommended. Yellow Bass - Good: Try near the Baptist camp in the main lake and by the channel in the little lake. Use light tackle and be mobile to stay on fish. The best bite is still at early morning and late afternoon. Walleye – Fair: Try jigging spoons and minnow heads. The best bite is still at early morning and the last hour of light. Black Crappie – Fair. Crystal Lake
      Ice thickness is 12-16 inches. Vehicle traffic is not recommended. Black Crappie - Slow: Use a small jig tipped with spikes near the edge of the dredge cut. Bluegill - Slow: Try a small jig tipped with spikes near the edge of the dredge cut.  Lake Cornelia
      Ice fishing not recommended.  Rice Lake
      Ice thickness is 12-16 inches. Vehicle traffic is not recommended. Walleye - Slow. Yellow Perch - Slow. Upper Pine Lake
      Ice fishing not recommended.  Winnebago River
      Northern Pike are starting to bite. Try fishing the slack water below a dam or where a creek dumps in to the river. Use live chubs or crank baits.  For information on the lakes and rivers in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.  East Okoboji Lake
      Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass action continues; best with jigs tipped with wigglers. Fish traditional sites and move often to find active fish. Catch bonus yellow perch and bluegill while fishing for yellow bass. Five Island Lake
      Yellow Bass - Good: Action has picked up, good numbers of fish have been harvested; fish the dredge cuts for the best action. Black Crappie - Good: Incidental catches by yellow bass anglers reflect bonus numbers in the creel.  Ingham Lake
      Use caution; thin ice conditions around the aeration system.  Lake Pahoja
      Bluegill - Fair: Good numbers of angler acceptable size fish are being harvested with some catfish mixed in the catch.  Lost Island Lake
      Yellow Bass - Good: Good numbers of fish are being caught, but sorting is needed; fish the Stoney Point area for the best action. Walleye - Fair: Numbers of fish are reported from Lost Island Lake; change tactics with the changing weather conditions. Yellow Perch - Fair: Some yellow perch and black crappie are being caught by anglers fishing for yellow bass.  Spirit Lake
      Yellow Perch - Fair: Reports of yellow perch action on the south east end of the lake. Best action is early morning and evening with a jig tipped with a minnow head. Black Crappie - Fair: Report of crappie and bluegill from the Templar Park area.  Trumbull Lake
      Foot traffic only recommended. Yellow Perch - Good: Persistent and patient anglers will be rewarded with good numbers of yellow perch 12 inches and larger in the creel.  West Okoboji Lake
      Bluegill - Good: Bluegills continue to be fussy; persistence and patience will be rewarded with good numbers of fish caught. Best activity early is morning and evening. Northern Pike - Good: Tip-up action will improve in the next few weeks with large fish common in the catch.  For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 
    • NORTHEAST IOWA FISHING REPORTS Cedar River (above Nashua)
      Open water fishing is around the corner. Large chunks of free-floating ice are causing hazardous boating conditions. Walleye - Fair: Use a worm hooked in a worm harness fished below the dams. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers fishing below dams are catching catfish using a big hook loaded with nightcrawlers.  Decorah District Streams
      Catchable trout stocking starts April 2 – check out this year’s trout stream stocking calendar. Plan a trip to your favorite trout stream. Snow melt continues. Better water clarity in the morning turning off color by afternoon. Gravel roads and parking areas are rough and mushy as the frost comes out.  Brook Trout - Good: Early morning is a good time to catch a brookie. Use a streamer to mimic minnows or subsurface flies like scuds or pheasant tail nymphs. Brown Trout - Good: Melt water and run-off inputs drive Brown Trout into a feeding frenzy. Use small midge, caddis, or flashy streamer patterns. Rainbow Trout - Good: Catch a post-spawn Rainbow Trout below a riffle. Float a feathered spinner or crankbait past a hungry mouth and hang on.  Lake Hendricks
      Ice fishing not recommended.  Lake Meyer
      Ice fishing not recommended. Anglers have not been out.  Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
      Upper Iowa is mostly ice-free. Anglers are finding fish below the dams and in deeper holes. Walleye - Fair: Use jigs with twister tails and crankbaits. White Sucker - Fair: Anglers report suckers are starting to hit.  Volga Lake
      Ice fishing not recommended. Open water around edges.  Rain Friday night, turning to snow Saturday; snow accumulation is likely. Temperatures in the low 40s for highs, but dipping below freezing at night. Rivers and streams are fishable. Ice covers most lakes,  but not safe to walk on.For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.   Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
      Reports of a few walleye being caught on the Cedar River in Black Hawk and Bremer Counties. Anglers have also been successful on northern pike in Black Hawk County. Walleye – Fair: Cast and retrieve a jig and plastic tipped with a minnow; concentrate on areas of deeper open water. Northern Pike - Fair: Float a live chub or shiner under a bobber in slack water areas off of the main current break.  Manchester District Streams
      Trout Streams are in excellent condition. Use streamers, jigs, and crankbaits. With spring like temperatures, there have been good afternoon hatches. Brown Trout - Good: Browns can be easier to catch on days where the water color is stained. Rainbow Trout – Slow. Brook Trout – Slow.   Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
      There have been a few reports of anglers catching walleye on the Maquoketa River; river levels remain good for walleye angling opportunities. Walleye - Fair: Cast and retrieve a jig and plastic tipped with a minnow; concentrate on areas of deeper open water.  Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
      There have been a few reports of anglers catching walleye on the Shell Rock River; river levels remain good for walleye angling opportunities. Walleye - Fair: Cast and retrieve a jig and plastic tipped with a minnow; concentrate on areas of deeper open water.  Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
      There have been reports of anglers catching walleye on the Wapsipinicon River in Buchanan County. Walleye - Fair: Cast and retrieve a jig and plastic tipped with a minnow; concentrate on areas of deeper open water.  Eastern Iowa rivers are open; open water angling opportunities are available on the Cedar, Shell Rock, Wapsipinicon and Maquoketa. Area trout streams are in excellent condition. Anglers are beginning to catch walleye as the spring walleye spawn approaches. Call the N.E. Iowa district office at 563-927-3276 for more information.   MISSISSIPPI RIVER Mississippi River Pool 9
      River level at Lansing is 8.3 feet and is expected to rise slowly over the next week.Many overwintering fish are still in backwaters, but starting to move out as temperatures warm. Walleye - Good: Walleye are a couple of weeks away from spawning and should be actively feeding. Troll three way rigs with crank baits. Yellow Perch - Good: Perch bite is getting better; many 10+ inch fish are being reported. Sauger - Good: Sauger bite is picking up as fish are in pre spawn feeding mode. Northern Pike - Fair: Pike should be spawning soon, but some nice pike have been caught on live bait.  Mississippi River Pool 10
      River level at Lynxville is 15.3 feet and is expected to rise slowly over the next week.
      Many overwintering fish are still in backwaters, but starting to move out as temperatures warm. Tailwaters are concentrating a lot of active fish right now. Walleye- Good: Walleye are a couple of weeks away from spawning and the bite is picking up in the tailwaters. Troll three way rigs with crank baits. Yellow Perch - Good: Perch bite is getting better along the shorelines in the tailwaters; many 10+ inch fish are being reported. Sauger - Good: Sauger bite is picking up in the tailwaters as fish are in pre-spawn feeding mode. Northern Pike - Fair: Pike should be spawning soon, but some nice pike have been caught on live bait.  Mississippi River Pool 11
      River level at Guttenberg is 6.7  feet is expected to rise slowly over the next week. Many overwintering fish are still in backwaters, but starting to move out as temperatures warm. Tailwaters are concentrating a lot of active fish right now.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye are a couple of weeks away from spawning and the bite is picking up in the tailwaters. Troll three way rigs with crank baits. Yellow Perch - Good: Perch bite is getting better along the shorelines in the tailwaters; many 10+ inch fish are being reported.  Sauger - Good: Sauger bite is picking up in the tailwaters as fish are in pre-spawn feeding mode. Northern Pike - Fair: Pike should be spawning soon, but some nice pike have been caught on live bait.  Upper Mississippi River levels are slowly starting to rise as the spring thaw continues. Most backwater areas are now free of ice with water temperatures slowly climbing into the lower 40's. Spring fishing is starting to get better as water temperatures warm up. Mississippi River Pool 12
      Water levels are near stable at 6.5 feet at the Dubuque Lock and the RR bridge is 8.9 feet. This is up a bit from last week.  A slight rise in water levels may occur this upcoming week, but it will be fairly stable. Yellow Perch - Slow: A few scattered reports; no big catches yet, but some might be on these elusive fish. Northern Pike - Fair: More and more reports of northern pike being picked up occasionally by tailwater anglers. Some of the melted backwaters also may see some pike angling. Walleye - Fair: Some scattered reports of walleyes being taken in the tailwaters and more along wing dams. Fishing is fair to poor, but could improve with better weather conditions. Some nice slot fish are being reported.  Mississippi River Pool 13
      Water levels at Bellevue are 6.5 feet and are stable. This is up a bit from last week. Both Bellevue City ramp and the DNR ramp are open, but but no courtesy dock yet at the DNR ramp. Paddlefish season is now underway. Please review the Paddlefishing regulations. Yellow Perch - Fair: A few scattered catches of sizable perch mostly from the tailwaters.  Paddlefish - Fair: Some paddlefish were caught early; fishing has slowed a bit, but pods of Paddlefish could return to the tailwater. Sauger - Fair: Hit or miss. Some good reports of few, but nice sauger. Other reports of people really struggling.  Walleye – Fair: Fairly slow fishing, but some nice slot fish are being picked up. Northern Pike - Fair: Tailwater anglers report catching a few northern pike. They will be preparing to spawn soon.  Mississippi River Pool 14
      Water levels are falling and are 5.9 feet at Fulton, 10.2 feet at Camanche and 4.8 feet at LeClaire. This is up a bit from last week.  Paddlefish season season is underway;  please review the Paddlefishing regulations. Ramps are open and ready for use. Paddlefish - Fair: Good fishing seen early in the season; it has slowed greatly, but some fish are still present. Sauger - Fair: Anglers report sauger fishing as scattered, but it could get decent if water levels stabilize. The bite has been spotty all spring. Most anglers are using minnow rigs. Walleye - Fair: Not many being caught, but reports of some very nice sized fish.  Mississippi River Pool 15
      Water levels are falling and are 6.8 feet at Rock Island. This is up from last week; conditions should remain favorable for angling this week. Sauger - Fair: Fish are scattered, but some are being reported on jigs and minnow.  River levels are holding near steady throughout the district. Tailwaters are all open for boat launching. Most backwaters are now open water, especially in Pool 13 through 15, but some ice still reported in Pool 12. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 
    • SOUTHEAST IOWA FISHING REPORTS Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
      The spring trout release will be at 10 a.m. this Friday, March 23. 1000 trout will be released.   Lake Belva Deer
      Not much angler activity. It was pretty quiet last weekend with the rain and fog. Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few bass are being caught in deeper water out among the flooded trees.  Lake Darling
      Haven't had enough nice days to get anglers out yet; five inches of wet heavy snow last Saturday didn't help. Water temperature is in the mid 30's. Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few small bass are being caught.  Lake Geode
      Drained for the renovation project. With the warmer weather, the bottom of the lake will thaw out and get soft again; use caution when walking around on the bottom of the lake.  Lake of the Hills
      The spring trout release is this Friday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. 2000 trout will be released.  Wilson Lake
      The spring trout release will be this Friday, March 23rd at noon. 1000 trout will be released.   For more information on the fishing at the above lakes and rivers, contact the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430. Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)
      Benton County has had the best reports so far. Walleye - Good: Jigs and crankbaits work well. Northern Pike - Fair: Some nice fish are being picked up.  Coralville Reservoir
      The lake is at normal spring pool of 679.4 feet. At this level, boating above the Lake Macbride Park ramp is not advised. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some fish have been caught on cut shad or shad guts under the 965/380 bridges and in shallow windblown pockets.  Diamond Lake
      The boat dock is always in. No fishing activity has been reported yet. Black Crappie - Fair: Fish jigs over brush piles. Most fish are 8-9 inches.  Iowa Lake (Iowa County)
      The water temperature is hovering around 40 degrees. Black Crappie – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair.  Lake Macbride
      The lake is ice free. Boat docks are in. Fish cleaning stations are not available yet. A few anglers have been out, but no reports are available.  Otter Creek Lake
      The boat dock and T-dock at the north end are in. No fishing reports are available.  Pleasant Creek Lake
      The lake is still 8 feet low from the restoration project. The main ramp is open and the boat dock is in. Use caution when launching and boating at this water level. A few anglers have been out, but no reports are available.  Terry Trueblood Lake
      2000 trout will be stocked here this Saturday, March 24th. You must have a trout stamp to fish for and/or possess trout. Bowfin – Good. Rainbow Trout – Good. Wapsipinicon River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
      Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught on jigs below the dams.  For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. Lake Miami
      The lake is ice free.  Lake Sugema
      Lake Sugema and Tug Forks are completely free of ice.  Lake Wapello
      The lake is free of ice. Use cut bait on the windblown shorelines to catch channel catfish this time of year.  Ottumwa Park Pond South
      Trout are scheduled to be stocked this Saturday, March 24th at 11 a.m.  Rathbun Reservoir
      The current lake level is 903.44 msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels, so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. The campgrounds are closed. The lake is ice free. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use shad sides or cut bait on the windblown shorelines.  Red Haw Lake
      The lake is ice free.  The lakes across the district all have open water. The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.
    • SOUTHWEST IOWA FISHING REPORTS Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
      Rainbow Trout - Fair: Cast small in-line spinners, spoons, twister tail or tube jigs and live minnows or waxworms under a bobber. Find trout in the north and south sections of the lake; move around to find the schools.  Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
      Walleye - Fair: It is a good time to fish below the Saylorville and downtown dams. Jigs tipped with twister tails and/or minnows work best. The best walleye fishing will be through April if flows do not get too high. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing with dead shad has been good in the river from Saylorville through downtown Des Moines.  Saylorville Reservoir
      Channel Catfish - Fair: A good catfishing opportunity is occurring as the catfish feed on winter killed gizzard shad.Fish dead shad under a bobber or on the bottom from the shoreline the wind is blowing into.  For more information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823. Farm Creek Lake
      Farm Creek Lake will offer good early spring crappie fishing in the upper end as water temperatures warm. Lake Anita
      As water temperatures warm, crappies will move into the pontoon area of the lake. Lake Manawa
      Warm sunny days offer good crappie fishing in the canals. Lake Manawa is also a good destination for early spring catfishing. White Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught in the canals. Warm sunny days are best. Channel Catfish - No Report: Fish the windy shoreline with shad sides or cut bait. Channel catfish in Manawa are all sizes.  Meadow Lake
      Meadow has a good population of 10 inch black crappie. Viking Lake
      Find early spring crappies in the campground arm and behind the pontoon area.  There has been little fishing activity this week in the southwest district. Fishing reports will resume once open water angling begins. For more information, contact the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587. Green Valley Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Slow: Catch largemouth bass up to 19 inches using tube jigs fished along the silt dams.  Summit Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Slow: Catch largemouth bass up to 18 inches with tube jigs fished along the HWY 25 causeway.  Lakes in the Mount Ayr district are 100% ice free. Water temperature in most district lakes is about 42 degrees F. Limited fishing activity observed this week. For more information, please call the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.