Not Inside Adelaide

January 29, 2010 · 5 comments

Waking up late, we made some breakfast after spending an hour cleaning up a bottle of spillt thai sweet chilli, and then was ready to get on our way… but the mystery machine failed to start.

A local resident decided to pile on the pressure claiming she’d call the police if we didn’t move within 30 mins due to illegal camping overnight (every proper Australian I met despises her doing this as it’s spoiling the spirity of Australian hospitality), I spent a good 2 hours trying to fix it (starter motor failure as it happens) but to no avail.

Queue joining a breakdown recovery company who just told me what I already knew – the starter motor is f**ked. So he helped with a push start and gave us a sheet of places we could get it fixed, at least this happened in a city and not somewhere in the outback. The first place was closed, and the 2nd place was closing as we arrived.

I decided to pull off the starter motor and see if I could repair the insides myself, a lot of struggle with poor tools and the mechanic Darren had pity on us and got it off to have a look himself over his usual working hours.

Auto-electric specialist, he looked inside the starter motor and was said it certainly was a bad one! He couldn’t do it then but would get in tomororow morning (a Saturday) to have a look, as it turns out he was well travelled himself and a few Brits helped him out in 1987 when he got in trouble so he felt he was repaying the favor 22 years later!

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Adelaide University at night

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Vi January 30, 2010 at 11:52 AM

But you are really luck it didn’t happen somewhere in the middle between Perth and Adelaide.
.-= Vi´s last blog – Things to do in Sydney in January =-.

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AdventureRob January 31, 2010 at 5:43 AM

Yes, very happy with the timing! The mystery machine seems happiest in the middle of nowhere and doesn’t like cities from what I can tell :-)

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Vi February 1, 2010 at 6:13 AM

I would say it is perfect machine for exploring Australian outback :)

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Ly February 8, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Did the miserable neighbour get you into trouble in the end? I hope not.

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AdventureRob February 9, 2011 at 3:25 AM

In the end we got out in time, it was probably an empty threat, although I guess she would have followed it up if we stood there another night.

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