Richard S. wrote:The lady next door to the old house had a VW Jetta, I know from my friends those engines go forever. She had lots of problems with it, poor maintenance and other things like going out in the morning in the middle of the winter and racing the engine right after she started it. It would be like 10 degrees outside and I'd be in the house cringing thinking about that poor frozen engine and cold oil....... vrooooOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM,vrooooOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM
It must be an "Old Lady" Thing.... the woman who used to live next to us would always lock her parking brake when she got home from work. Spring/summer/fall/winter, she would always set the emergency brake while parking for the night. Well, you know what happens to an emergency brake if you drive thru rain or slush, then set the brake and let the car sit in freezing weather all night
The rear wheels tend to lock in place once the parking brake cable freezes. Didn't bother her one bit! She'd jump right in that car and start SCREETCHING her way down the road, dragging the locked rear wheels behind her! What a racket that car made.... engine screaming with the strain, front tires spining on dry pavement, rear tires sliding/smoking, not turning at all.... and she drove that way for MILES. I swear I could still hear that car in the next county! She'd drive home a few hours lator, rear tires screetching all the way, somtimes with a flat, she didn't care. It was always the same tow truck that came to her house to replace tires where the car sat.