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4 tips for when your car won't start away from home

My 1969 Austin Healey Sprite has been generally reliable, starting every time I turned the key during my few months of ownership. After the third turn of the key without hearing the engine sputter to life with that signature British burble, it was clear the Healey had a problem and I was going to have to deal with it stranded at a gas station. 


In the end I managed to drive the car home. How did I avoid the tow truck? Check out these tips for how you can remedy basic trouble on a future drive.


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I once rescued a damsel in distress whose (pre GM) SAAB had stalled--in the left turn lane, on a cold rainy night.  No spark situation caused by points that had completely closed up.  Reset 'em with a screwdriver and a business card, which happened to be just the right thickness...Off she went--and probably made it all the way home.