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 No.913566[Last 50 Posts]

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Uber fucked me.
They notified me 2 days ago that I can't drive after the end of the month because my car is too old.  That means my unemployable ass can either get a job flipping burgers, or get a different car.  I've decided to try for a different car.
This is where I'm going to track my progress, in part to motivate myself, and in part as an excuse to not just fuck off and leave the site again (which is my default inclination).
If you don't want to see this thread, hide it.  I will be updating it daily.
My goal is $3000.

current total "money in the bank"*: $528.36
upcoming utility payment: ($81.30)
rent: ($690)
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money available for new car: -$242.94

time to go driving again




*
includes pending payments from driving this week

 No.913570

>>913566
>unemployable
Aren't you good with computers?  If you can write code, there are many open positions for which you are qualified (especially jobs that require US citizenship).  Or you might even be able to free-lance.  

 No.913571

>>913570 I'm good with C, C++, and Python (and BASIC, but that's archaic), and Apache, and SQL, and BASH.  But none of that shit matters because I don't have the right certifications for an IT job.  Turns out IT folks don't want to hire out of work microbiologists.

 No.913572

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>>913571
>IT job
I think "IT" usually means something different from "software development" and you would have better luck with the latter.

>certifications
Personally, I count certifications as a negative when listed on a resume for a programming position, and I'm not alone in doing so.

 No.913589

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Low punch.

 No.913598

That's lame, how old is your car anyway? I know that there were stipulations for the car not to be dinged up, but that it has to be only so old is new to me.

 No.913604

>>913572 that makes sense.  Prior to signing up for uber, I applied for IT and support positions and, well, I ended up doing uber instead so you can imagine how well that went.
>>913589 would have been nice to know well in advance
>>913598 2003

 No.913605

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>>913604

>2003

I had a 80's- 90's car in my mind...

 No.913606

>>913604
Just checking, but is this a realistic goal? Where did the 3k number come from? What will be the plan if you fall short of that goal? Sorry to be nosey, but this kinda sounds like a scary situation to me.

 No.913611

Hey Boat, please add me on Discord.
ChainWall #7487

 No.913622

>>913605 gotta keep the millenials happy
>>913606
>Just checking, but is this a realistic goal?
Probably not
>Where did the 3k number come from?
Estimates for decent 10 year old vehicles that don't look like they've been backed into telephone poles repeatedly
>What will be the plan if you fall short of that goal?
:twi7: I'd rather not go into detail
>Sorry to be nosey, but this kinda sounds like a scary situation to me.
It is.
>>913611 thanks

 No.913623

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>>913622

This unilateral measure does not make sense.

Perhaps they are trying to exclude vehicles with low efficiency, but still...

Is this purely for sake of aesthetics?

 No.913628

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 No.913629

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>>913566
Go get those fuckers, Boat.

I'm reminded of an episode of Taxi where Jim drives his ass off to make a ton of money, spends it all on a huge wall of TVs and satellite channels etc.

You can do it.  You must.  No whining, your back's in a corner and you got this.

 No.913639

>>913629
>spends it all on a huge wall
hmm...

 No.913644

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>>913566
>I've decided to try for a different car.

I don't know much about cars.  What part of a car determines the year?  Can you change a part to a newer part and the car becomes a newer car?

My roommate's friend drives for Uber Eats because his car is too old.

 No.913646

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>>913644
>What part of a car determines the year?  Can you change a part to a newer part and the car becomes a newer car?

Ah, the Taxi of Theseus question.

 No.913663

>>913644
The registration.
At least, that's how I understand it to work, since you can do some seriously insane stuff if you're working with the right frame.

 No.913683

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>>913623  nah, they don't care at all about efficiency since drivers pay for all the gas.  They just want passengers to have as nice a ride as possible and have it reflect well on the company.
>>913628
>
>>913629  been a good 7 hours of driving so far!  but now it's Friday night, so once I finish my dinner, it's back out until the rides stop.
>>913644
>What part of a car determines the year?
the VIN, which is assigned at the factory, so essentially the body and (model) year of sale
replacing a VIN is highly illegal
>Uber Eats
kill me.

 No.913699

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>>913683
>They just want passengers to have as nice a ride as possible and have it reflect well on the company.
More like they need a gimmick to convince their investors that they are better than the competition.
Alt: newer cars need less maintenance and therefore they can justify paying drivers less across the board if there are no old cars in the fleet.

 No.913700

>>913699
Newer cars also require more funds, and likely payments, which in turn requires more wealth from drivers.

I suspect it's more to do with the air of "quality" and "safety".  Which is to say, corporate tosspots who don't know anything making rules based on how they personally feel that day.

 No.913701

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>>913700
I'm going off of typical startup methodology. Do the same thing as everybody else at a massive loss with computers involved so you can say you are "using technology to disrupt an age old industry" and shuffle the money around so that you can cash out on investor exuberance before the whole house of cards comes crashing down. They need to keep the ship afloat slightly longer, which has less to do with plugging the leaks and more with convincing the guys bailing them out that they are plugging the leaks.

"Unicorn culture".

 No.913702

>>913701
Honest talk, you ask me, 90% of the issues with businesses right now are due to investors.

 No.913703

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>>913702
And I 90% agree.

The other 19% being either very simple or very complicated.

 No.913705

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>>913701
True story, but my new CEO wrote us a mission statement at our company using the word "disrupt" in there and I told him he really had to take it out, it's such and awful cringey marketing word if you ask me. Any company that talks about how they are gonna disrupt the market so so much is almost certainly not worth investing in. Juicero sure disrupted that fucking juice packet squeezing market!

 No.913715

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>>913705
Our owners are carrying on about "brand recognition" and "consistent customer experience" like we're a damn restaurant

Watching all the fucked up ways they can gouge the system is certainly inspiring confidence in all of us.

 No.913738

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awww dang, i'm sorry to hear about that...

>hugs and kajis <3

i certainly hope you reach your goal and get some cash man!

 No.913771

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>>913699  well...  actually, Lyft has even more stringent car requirements.  That's why I drive for Uber instead of Lyft & Uber, because my car has never qualified for Lyft.
>>913700  that too
>>913705
>>913715
ouch
>>913738  thanks
>hugs

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previous: -$242.94
Friday driving: +$244.59
gas: -$25
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money available for new car: -$23.35

time for bed; good night

 No.914065

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You just need to keep at it. There's a way through any storm

 No.914075

>>913646
Well, basically, yes.

>>913566 (OP)
>the VIN, which is assigned at the factory, so essentially the body and (model) year of sale
Sounds like replacing a body is a lot of work.

>replacing a VIN is highly illegal
Hmm...criminal is the bad one.  Illegal is not so bad.

>kill me
Nope.  That one is usually criminal, I think.  Take it Eats pays much less.

(Sorry, didn't take a good look at the pic.  Was a bit more insidious than I intended.)

 No.914082

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>>914065  trying my best
>>914075
>Sounds like replacing a body is a lot of work.
and very impractical
>Hmm...criminal is the bad one.  Illegal is not so bad.
would be both in this case
>Take it Eats pays much less.
that's one of many problems with it

heading back out

 No.914088

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>>914082
You'll get through this, and you'll be better off for it.

 No.914093

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Burn the car and collect the insurance

 No.914094

>>914093
It is the national capital for insurance fraud.

 No.914097

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I think everything that could be said ITT has already been said but I wanna post my best wishes as well.

Best of luck, Boat!

 No.914225

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>>914088  :glim1:
>>914093  but I like my car
>>914097  thank you

was an eventful night.

a very drunk man wanted me to make an illegal turn, and when I went the proper way, he insinuated I was being "dishonest".  so I informed him I could cancel the trip and he could find another uber if he preferred.  he decided to keep going with me.  he eventually came to the realization that he was being an ass, and I told him it was fine; it happens; and he certainly wasn't the worst rider I've had by any stretch.  turns out he'd just been on a tinder date that went really badly, and then he met up with friends and made an ass out of himself there as well, so he was not having a good night.  but we had a 10 minute conversation on the way to drop him off and I think it put him in a better mood

picked up a sorority girl from a random very dark house, she came out holding half of her clothes in her hands.  she was a bit flustered and I asked if she was ok.  she was very open about what had just happened.  apparently she had just taken part in a ménage à trois but decided to leave rather than spend the night there.  apparently it's also 'that time of the month'.  as I said, she was very open about it.  she had a good time but had difficulty leaving the house because she was trying to not wake anyone up - and then ended up waking everyone up.

I dropped off one group at one of the college club areas, and my next pickup was at the same location.  While I was waiting for this second group, a very drunk girl, scantily clad beneath her jacket and wearing a beanie, asked if I was an uber and if she could charge her phone.  I told her I was picking up some people but that she could charge her phone until they showed up.  I handed her the cord to charge her phone through the window.  so of course, she opened the front door hopped into the front seat, strapped herself in, and then started charging her phone.  in the mean time, the passengers walked up - 2 guys.  I explained the situation to them, apologized for the drunk girl in the front seat, and told them that it was up to them if they wanted to let this girl continue charging her phone or if they wanted her kicked out, and so she rode with us to their destination - the Waffle House.  thankfully, she got out there.

had a carload of clubgoers visiting the US from Belgium.  They wanted to quiz me on whether I knew anything at all about the country and were pretty surprised that I could name all of the countries that border it.  Apparently no one else they'd quizzed knew anything about Belgium.  I offered them the aux but they wanted to listen to some "American" music, so we listened to old country music (what I had pulled up) on the way to the club.

One of the fraternities held a 'sand and snow' themed party.  All reports are that it was incredibly lame, despite the massive hype and the several spot lights they had scanning the skies behind their house.  Girls who attended the party could be easily identified all evening by their choice of clothing: bikinis and beanies.

previous: -$23.35
Saturday driving: +$202.29
gas: -$30
2 running light bulbs & 2 turn signal bulbs: -$19.87
1 screw: -$0.15
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money available for new car: $128.92

heading back out for some late-late night trips

 No.914490

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Good luck man. If I were in your situation I'd probably be doing something similar. Only, I think $3,000 is conservative for the kind of car you're looking for. Whenever I'm budgeting for something I round my income down and my expenses up.

 No.914631

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>>914490  Thanks; I'm honestly not sure about the exact numbers.  $3000 is a ballpark goal based on the types of vehicles that I've seen for sale.


previous: $128.92
Sunday driving: $173.87
gas: -$30
1 C-clamp & 2 Torx sockets: -$23.83
front brake pads & 2 jack stands: -$65.02
Uber fee: -$0.50
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money available for new car: $183.44

 No.914681

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You can do iiiiiit!

I believe in you

 No.914985

>>914681  thanks!  :fluf1:


previous: $183.44
Monday driving: $111.75
gas: -$28.15
late tips from last week: $4.00
returned C-clamp: $7.51
returned Torx socket: $8.16
brake cleaner/fluid/lubricant kit, RTV silicone, wire brushes, gloves: -$36.52
a different C-clamp: -$10.74
an Uber ride: -$7.62
another Uber ride: -$8.79
groceries: -$31.62
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money available for new car: $191.42
wow, 8 dollars ahead of where I was yesterday :twi7:

 No.915039

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>>914225
>>914631
>>914985

>about $30 for gas

Your country is a bit strange, man.


...

>proceeds to water plants with gasoline.

 No.915051

>>915039
Does gasoline have what plants crave?

>>914985
Progress!
Have you looked at potential replacements for you Durango?

 No.915108

>>915039  you can buy bottled water, too.
>>915051  not since a few days ago

 No.915202

>>915051

Of course not ^_^

Just being silly.

>>915108

Gas is cheaper than water here, so...

 No.915207

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>>915202  wow.  I think water here is about a-third the price of gas?  but I'm not 100% sure because I don't buy bottled water very often.

 No.915209

>>915207

>I don't buy bottled water very often.

I don't remember the last time I did.
We filter our water.

 No.915211

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>>915209  I only buy it if I need distilled water to mix with coolant.

 No.915217

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>>915211

>I only buy it if I need distilled water to mix with coolant.

It is not worth it.

Usually bottled water is not demineralized.

Just try to accumulate some water dropped by your air conditioner, that is the closest you may get to pure water without distilling it yourself.

 No.915220

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>>915217  That's why I buy distilled and not "purified" or "spring" water.
also I have an outdoor ground unit, so that's not really possible.

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>>915220

Fair enough.

>outdoor ground unit, so that's not really possible.

An air conditioner with the evaporator exposed to humid air will always drop some water.

 No.915372

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>>914631
I'd aim for at least a grand more, unless you know someone.

 No.915452

>>915250  true
>>915372  a grand more
>17 days
that'll happen  :dash3:

 No.915457

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>>915452
It's a mental thing.

 No.915473

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>>915457  I'm not sure that's the kind of mental thing I need right now!


previous: $191.42
Tuesday driving: $100.56
gas: -$40.00
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money available for new car: $251.98


Tuesdays are generally pretty slow.
but I have a full tank for today at least.

 No.915474

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>>915473
Woo for having a full tank!
keep em numbers going higher for the new car!
im looking at the private ad market. saw this cute 1979 opel kadett 1,2s ><

 No.915475

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>>915474
>1979 opel kadett
That looks pretty spiffy!
>1,2s
What does this mean?

 No.915477

>>915108
Any particular makes/models/years that stood out as possible replacements?

>>915202
And I was making a reference to a movie! We're so silly!


>>915473
More progress!

>>915474

What type?
Old Opel's are cool. Dad used to have a '73 Rekord with two doors.


>>915475
Displacement in liters.
And S for the spec. afaik.

 No.915480

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Bon travail.

 No.915481

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>>915477   Mk17 from Ponychan helped me find a couple
a 2011 Jeep Patriot, asking $3500, looked very promising
at the extreme cheap end, there's a 2006 Ford Focus, asking $800, but possibly has transmission issues(?)

it all adds up!  :dash7:

oh, interesting

heading to bed shortly.  the whole brake debacle kind of threw me off.  I'll work on my resume before I head out this afternoon.

>>915480  Ce ne est pas encore terminée.  Google Translate to the rescue

 No.915536

>>915481
You heard of these things? Could be a way to make a little bit more money from driving (unless they are crappy services or something, idk!)

https://drivecargo.com/
https://www.playoctopus.com/

 No.915540

>>915475
1.2s is I'll guess. Model name
But the 1.2 stands for 1.2 lier {1200cc) big engine

>>915477
2 door hatchback. U sure the English name for that generation

 No.915584

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>>915536  I have heard of those concepts, but not those services specifically.
They are not bad ideas, but for this market, I don't think they'd really be suitable.
but thanks for the suggestions!
>>915540  Is that a pretty big engine for such a small car?

 No.915588

>>915584
Nah, nah. Big engines would be 1.4 or the 1.6 but unsure if they where equipped with it

 No.915656

>>915481
'bon travail' is more well wishing than 'good job' is in English.

 No.915664

>>915588  Is that compression volume or actual volume?  I'm assuming those are 4-cylinder engines?
>>915656  oh, well thank you!

 No.915875

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previous: $251.98
Wednesday driving: $129.50
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money available for new car: $381.48

I got a call to pickup someone at a parking lot in a courtyard-style apartment complex.  There was a police car parked in the only entryway to the complex.  I didn't want to drive into anything shady, so I called and told the passenger I was behind the police car.  He told me to drive into the courtyard, but I told him that no, I'd wait for him on the street.  I pulled up slightly and a flashlight shined my way - my passenger, a hyperactive scrawny white guy, was talking to the police officer - fantastic...  They both walked over.  Apparently the officer wanted to make sure the rider got in my car and was headed home.  After we drove off, I talked with the rider.  He had walked over from nearby bar, and in addition to being drunk, had taken some drugs from one of his friends.  He was high as a kite.  The officer had seen him acting suspiciously and lit him up, asked him a bunch of questions looking for an excuse to arrest him.  But he made it home safely.  He offered several times to share some weed with me but I respectfully declined, explaining my Car Quest.

My next ride, I picked up 3 young black guys from the student center at the historically black college.  They were headed half-way across town for a late-night WalMart trip.  I gave them the aux and we had a chill ride over, and I dropped them off at the store on the west side of town.  I didn't have any other rides queued up, so after dropping them off, I went and parked nearby.  A few minutes later, I got a ping for another pickup - at that same WalMart - from the same account.  So I pulled up and they got in.  "Welcome back!"  I asked if they found what they needed as I started the trip and then saw that instead of heading back to where they started, the destination was another WalMart.  They said that no, this was the wrong WalMart and so they needed to go to a different one.  I didn't want them to waste time/money on another pointless trip, so I told them - the one we're at now is the largest one in town, and the one they put as the destination is a small WalMart that doesn't have all the stuff they stock at this one.  Were they sure they couldn't find what they needed here?  Yeah, they were sure, they had it at this other WalMart.  So off we went, around town to the north side.  another chill ride.  I dropped them off, and again, with no other rides queued, I parked nearby.  Minutes later, I got a ping from the store - a different account.  I rolled up.  but the same three guys walked out, and they doubled over with laughter when they saw me through the sliding doors.  "Welcome back!"  I was right - this WalMart didn't have it either.  but this time, they had the right destination for sure!  They set a destination at one of the WalMarts on the east side.  During the drive over, I asked them - are you sure this is the right one?  There are two WalMarts on the east side, and they picked the older and smaller of the two.  I described them both, and they were sure this time, it was the smaller one.  I dropped them off and again parked nearby.  This time I didn't get pinged right away to pick up the same 3 guys, so I'm hoping they found what they were looking for - or else some other Uber took them to the last of the WalMarts in town.

Apparently this
>
band is coming to town in a couple of weeks, as I saw them advertised at one of the clubs where I picked people up earlier tonight.  I don't know anything about them, but I've seen people post their logo here on ponyville.

 No.915930

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>>915875
Do you ever have a boring night?

 No.916093

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>>915930  very often.  I just post the highlights.  If I'm posting from my phone, then I'm probably just sitting in my car somewhere waiting.  or else watching videos I've downloaded to my phone.

 No.916112

>>916093
I see.

I would say you should do a blog, but with how public the internet is, that might get you into trouble down the line.

 No.916123

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>>916112  I don't want to give Uber any additional reasons to fire me, not that they aren't basically doing that anyway.

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>>915930

Of course!

He's the only poster here who is actually being productive while posting, sitting in his car waiting for calls.

If we see him too much, that's how we know he's failing.  Less boat, more car money.

I want to say something sartcastic and scathing and ironic but somehow there just isn't anything funny about Uber's fuckery here.

Good luckses Boatsies

wait speakin of work I'm supposed to be doing some rn, C ya's

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previous: $381.48
Thursday driving: $155.37
gas: -$30.01
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money available for new car: $506.84


busy night but relatively boring; heading back out

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>>916396

You are doing good.

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>>916550  thanks  <3


previous: $506.84
Friday driving: $111.41
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money available for new car: $618.25


My car is dead.  Anyone with some automotive know-how have any insights?  situation:
I turned off my car while waiting for a group.  When they got in, I cranked it up and started driving.  My lights started flickering, and the Check Gauges light came on: my battery voltage was maxed out.  I dropped them off and drove home without issue.  I turned off the car and went inside for a few minutes to try to read up on what it might be.  I went back out to crank it up and test it again.  When I opened the door, the interior lights came on as usual, but the moment I turned the ignition, everything went dark.  I used a multimeter to check the battery and it reads ~14V.  battery bad?  alternator bad?  fuck me; this is supposed to be my night to make money.

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>>916719

How are the car battery terminals?  (Last time something like this happened to me, they were corroded to the point that the battery just stopped working entirely.)

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>>916723 doesn't look bad to me, but I'm not sure.  Is this bad?

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>>916725

Not entirely sure (I'm not super-handy, sorry to say) -- the top one does look somewhat corroded (pic of corroded terminal for comparison.)  

Maybe try to clean it off and see if that helps?

Firestone offers this guide to cleaning the terminals:

https://blog.firestonecompleteautocare.com/batteries/how-to-clean-battery-terminals/

... If (should you decide to take the terminals off) things do look very corroded there, then new battery terminals aren't super expensive.

And if that's not the problem ... uh ... I'm out of ideas.  (As I said, not very handy m'self -- I rely on AAA to handle weird-car-suddenly-not-working issues for me.)

 No.916740

>>916719
Shrug. the usual battery procedures if that is the problem is along these lines. If the check engine light has come on it might not be the battery. If the ECS is logging a fault it may refuse to start, but I doubt that would cause flickering lights or anything to that effect.

Check terminal corrosion, and clean with a wire brush (after disconnecting of course).
Check electrolyte levels if its not a sealed battery.
Check the battery voltage when the wires are disconnected, 14V seems odd. doesn't make a lot of sense unless you measured that while the car was running.
If/when it does start check the battery again while it's running. Only then should it read over 12V to indicate the alternator is working.
If the battery was replaced recently check it is actually the correctly sized battery. A battery too small to start will still read 12V but can't supply the required cold cranking current.
You can buy jump packs if you don't have another car to jump start if it is the case.

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>>916719
Jeez.

I hope it gets better man...

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>>916719
Sounds like the alternator might be shot.

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>>916737
>>916740
>>916751
>>916754
ayyyyy, hitting the leads and terminals with a wire brush did the trick apparently; I guess that almost-imperceptible amount of corrosion was too much.  when the car's running, the multimeter reads 15.2V across the battery terminals.  I'm back in business, for the moment at least!

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>>916763
Nice. It's a pretty common problem with our work vehicles because no one gives a shit and we go through water alot.

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>>916763
Nice, caught a break!

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took a bit for the car's computer to recalibrate itself, but after that, it worked fine for the rest of the night!

previous: $506.84
Friday driving: $189.66
gas: -$40.00
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money available for new car: $656.50

I had a pickup at a Whataburger.  When I pulled up, 2 guys were arguing loudly with a girl outside.  They didn't acknowledge me and I wasn't sure if those were my riders, so I rolled past them a bit.  well, turned out the guys were my riders.  Apparently a good friend of theirs had committed suicide earlier in the day.  They had met up at a Western club with some friends, friends of friends, etc., and the group went to Whataburger after the bars closed.  Some of the girls in the group (not the one outside) started talking shit about the guy who killed himself, and that resulted in a huge argument between those standing up for the guy and those talking shit about him.  Aside from being pissed at the girls, they 1) were planning to drive in a drunken convoy to go fuck some shit up in retribution and 2) had a close call when a high power narc almost busted one of them for cocaine possession.

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>>916818
im kinda envy of your cash gaining skills! you make it sound so easy to get cash for a new car ><
>cars computer to recalibrate it self
Ugh dat pain!

but you did remind me to recharge my laptop so i can connect it to the merc to see what the F is wrong with it...

Funny story!
yesterday i started my 1989 W124 E300 yesterday for the first time in like 3 months started on the first try
those germans know what to do

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>>916818
Glad you got started again and made the most of your night.

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>>916818
>chan-style drama irl

Who woulda thunk it.

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>>916819  I'm going to have to pay taxes on all of this at some point.  :dash3:
It was idling very low for much of the night, but it's fine now.  RIP radio settings.
wow, that's pretty awesome that it worked after 3 months.
>>916822  thanks!
>>916832
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previous: $656.50
Saturday driving: $277.16
gas: -$40.00
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money available for new car: $893.66


It was a long night.

Let's see...  One of my early rides was a somewhat rotund lady I picked up from WalMart - probably in her 30s.  She was in the middle of cooking dinner but apparently ran out of things she needed.  During the drive to her house, we started talking about terrible drivers in town.  Somehow, she shifted the conversation to relationships and the fact that she's sort of in a relationship, but sort of not, and she's been with both men and women, and she's in an open relationship with a woman now...  It was a strange conversation.  We got to the house, and since she had several bags, I offered to carry something to the front steps - it was right there and would take me just a few seconds.  She accepted, but then wanted me to instead carry it to the back entrance.  :twi5:  So I did, and as we walked back, she continued talking about relationships and whatnot.  At some point, I mentioned, yeah, being single has it's benefits!  Anyway, she was about to continue talking about her open relationship, but I saw where she was putting things down, so I quickly placed the bags I was holding there, wished her well, and hurried back to my car before she could say anything else.  It's like "aww man!  all these signals!" - yeah but I didn't find her obesity attractive in the least, and her B.O. was terrible.  Thanks, but no thanks.

There was a guy who called an Uber for his passing out female friend.  she was OUT of it.  possibly high as well.  very happy, minimally responsive, but responsive nonetheless.  anyway, he get her into the car and then she just sort of passed out.  He wanted me to take her to her apartment.  I asked - is there someone there who can help her inside?  he thought about it for a moment, and obviously there wasn't, because he decided to make it a round trip.  He had some difficulty getting her up to her 2nd floor apartment because she was just not-out-of-it enough to purposefully make it more difficult.  At one point, it almost looked like they were dancing while he was trying to carry her.  It was the busiest time of night, but he asked me to wait for him and promised a huge tip in return.  He came back out in about half the time he expected it would take (he asked me to wait 15-20 minutes).  On the way back, he wanted me to drive under 30mph the whole way because he also wasn't feeling well, but thankfully he didn't get sick.  Everything turned out fine.  I checked my account.  There is indeed a tip for the ride.  one dollar

One of my last rides was a girl from the dorms at the historically black college.  She was on her way to catch a greyhound.  she had 7 minutes to make it.  I decided that stop signs and red lights were more like "guidelines" at 6:30a on a Sunday.

And my last ride was a similar situation.  He has 13 minutes to make it to the airport, which was 15 minutes away.  Hopefully he caught his flight, because despite hitting every light, we got there just one minute late.

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>>917204
ah true true.
>rip radio settings
ough thats one of worst.... no having to adjust the seat again NOW that's the worst

dauymn... what a night.
*hugs and offers coffee and carrot cake*
ive been offeres a saab 9-4 2.3 turbo for 500€ temped. since the merc is still notfunctional

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>>917205 my seats are really simple to set: I'm the only driver, and the passenger motor is dead thanks to passengers who burned it out!
Thank you <3
That sounds like an awesome price. You gonna get it?
Heading to bed though.  Have a good night/day/etc!

 No.917207

>>917206
Ah i see, the simpelr the better!
of course, for my friends, always <3
unsure i mean 500€ it still a hefty price but it IS roadlegal. so that's somethign

nai nai sweet dreams

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previous: $893.66
Sunday driving: $136.60
groceries: -$37.01
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money available for new car: $993.25


It was ~70F tonight.  I was driving on a small street in the 'hood at 1:00 a.m. and came to an intersection where I needed to turn right.  There was a stop sign for me; the cross traffic doesn't stop.  There standing next to the stop sign was a middle aged-ish black man there who was bundled up like it was winter.  While I was still several houses away, he started shouting "What time is it!?  What time is it!?" At first I didn't think he was yelling to me.  Then he started wildly gesturing to his arm.  "WHAT TIME IS IT!?"  I drove wide into the oncoming lane to get as far away from him as possible and ran the stop sign, again driving into the oncoming cross lane.  "WHAT TIME IS IT ASSHOLE!"  Clearly he wanted me to come to stop right next to him for whatever reason.  no idea what he's selling, but whatever it is, I ain't buying.

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>>917805
I read that as negative 70 at first

Also, yes, continue to avoid crazy behaving people.

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>>913566

Two weeks left, 1/3 to goal.

Better double-time it.

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previous: $993.25
Monday driving: $168.98
gas: -$20.00
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money available for new car: $1142.23


I pulled up to a closed gas station to pick up a rider.  Two black men were talking with each other - one in a car and one standing outside of the car.  They shook hands and then the one standing outside walked over and got into the back seat of my car.  He had walked about 2 miles, seen his friend (in the car), flagged him down, and asked him to give him a ride across town.  The friend called an Uber for him instead.  As soon as he got inside, he asked if I had any candy.  I didn't.  He immediately started complaining about how Uber drivers (should) usually have complimentary candy for riders.  He plugged in his phone to charge it.  We drove on, and he wanted to take an alternate route.  He had stashed a bag somewhere along the way.  I assumed he meant at someone's house, but no - we stopped under a rail overpass, and he ran up the embankment into some bushes and came back with a stuffed bag.  We continued the drive to a hotel across town.  Along the way, he told me he was homeless, that his girlfriend is in jail and that he'd been unable to visit her today (I guess that was the failed plan for the day), and that he's trying to get off drugs.  He also had about 15 completely different ideas on what he wanted to do as a career.  He then used my phone to make a phone call, only to find out that a different hotel hadn't received payment for his room for later in the week.  Apparently someone else was supposed to have booked it but hadn't.  I dropped him off at a McDonald's.  As I dropped him off, he alluded to the age of my car.

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previous: $1142.23
Tuesday driving: $197.25
gas: -$30.00
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money available for new car: $1309.48


I had a data analyst from Belgium who works with healthcare providers suggest that I apply to the company he works for.  He said my experience with SQL makes me more than qualified to deal with their database systems.

I gave separate rides to one lobbyist representing Big Sugar, and another representing Big Funeral Home Directors(?).  Neither one of them was pushing anything specific - they had come to introduce themselves to the newly elected legislators.

I picked up a group of very well-dressed Hispanic boomers from one of the college bar areas.  7 of them - 5 guys, 2 ladies.  The guy in front was very drunk, and yelling rather than talking.  The others were all various levels of drunk.  Getting the other 6 into the car was a shitshow as they prevented me from putting down a middle row seat so they could access the back.  Eventually they all got in.  They wanted to go to a late-night hangout specializing in fried chicken.  One of the men in the back tried to play some music using my aux cord.  As they talked to each other, I overheard that one of them is a state house representative.  The others were presumably also legislators or aids.  While we were driving, the big guy up front rolled down his window...  and started yacking out of the car.  Unfortunately, he missed and some of it went down the interior side of the door as well.  I wasn't too happy about that.  But we arrived at the chicken place, they all piled out, and one of the other male passengers gave me $50 cash for the trouble.  Honestly that's probably less than I would have gotten from reporting it to Uber, but cash has its benefits, so I said thanks and accepted it - went home and cleaned it without reporting it to Uber.  He seemed very concerned about it.  I'm wondering if he didn't want it passed to the press as well, but anyway I had no intention of doing anything like that.  After cleaning my car, I realized my aux cord was gone; apparently the guy in the back must have snatched it on accident.  But they also left an empty money clip in my car.  so it was a weird exchange: +$50, +clip, -aux cord.

A group of 3 workers from Omaha was flying out - having completed construction on a new railroad crossing signal as part of a small team.  Apparently the supplies for a crossing run around $100,000.  Their next job is in the Pacific northwest.

I had a pickup that I knew was going to be awkward the moment I got it...  On the way over, I called to confirm the rider's location - something I do if there's any doubt - because Uber map and GPS was sending me on what was likely the wrong route.  I was correct about the route being wrong, so I'm glad that I called, but the guy was annoyed that I didn't already know where he was.  It didn't help that his phone connection was shit and I couldn't understand half of what he was saying, so I had to keep asking him to clarify and repeat himself.  Eventually I got into the massive apartment complex and drove to the back to find him.  Again, the GPS was wrong, because the complex isn't mapped properly, so I drove right past the guy's location.  (He wasn't outside, so he didn't flag me down.)  When he finally got in, he insinuated I must be new, and I explained to him that this complex isn't mapped out, and I called to confirm his location, as I do any time I have any doubt.  I was on the verge of offering to cancel on the guy, but he chilled out after that.  He was curious about my driving as a career and we got to talking about it, and eventually got onto the topic of businesses, and then computer programming.  The short version of it is that he sounds like he maybe needs a "programmer" to work on his website (he doesn't know what a programmer does, and how that's different from both IT and web design, apparently), and he gave me his card after we ended the ride.  He suggested that doing web design work on the side would be an easy way to make $200 a week.  That said, he wasn't too impressed with my apparent lack of ambition for business.  It was a very confusing ride.  I checked at the end of the night, and I got a low rating and a complaint for "quality of service".  I'm not sure if it was for this trip, but that just makes things even more awkward for me.

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>>918679
Going to take up Belgian guy's offer?


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