Back in the 90s I used to rock a Z28 with a 5.0 and a carburetor. It was an 87, the last year of the carburetor for the F-Body. It was considered a computer controlled carburetor I think...but a carb nonetheless. And I would simply insert the key into the ignition, turn it, and start the car. Every now and again I would have to pump the gas to get it started. But then I bought an 87 IROC with a 5.7 TPI engine. My cousin had a few of them over the years and knew a lot more about cars than I did. So he saw me start the car the same way as I did the Z28 and told me not to ever start the car like that. He said that fuel injected engines are different. He told me to insert the key, turn it to the on position without starting it, listen for the fuel pump to engage, and then start the car after the pump stops. He said you have to let the fuel rails prime and pressurize before starting the car. And I carried that with me to this day. I cringe when I see someone just put the key in and turn it all the way.
But now I have developed an entire ritual for starting and driving my car. Check it out: I insert the key, turn it to the "ON" position, wait for the pump/rails to prime, press in the clutch, start the car, wait for the gauges to go all the way up and back down, then I take it out of gear, release the parking brake, and release the clutch. Before I drive off I press back on the clutch, put the car in gear, and I'm on my way. It seems like a lot, but its actually a quick process.
Parking rituals...when on an incline (front of the car on an upward slope, rear of the car on a downward slope) I use the parking brake and make sure the car is in 1st gear. When on a decline (rear of the car on an upward slope, front of the car on a downward slope), I use the parking brake and make sure the car is in reverse. In my parking lot, I put it in reverse with the parking brake. These are pretty much my only rituals that I keep almost religiously. If I stall in traffic (hey, it happens) then I obviously have to start the car and drive off so as not to embarrass myself or piss off drivers behind me. In my Mustang I do the same process minus the clutch because it is an automatic. But I always seem to leave the radio on the 3rd pre-set and I put all the heat/AC controls facing up...up happens to be the "OFF" position in my Mustang so I put the other controls up so it all looks the same. The Camaro, I never got into leaving the radio on any pre-set. But I usually leave the heat/AC control in the "OFF" position. And I usually on use the heat in the defrost/foot heater control. Maybe this is all a bit weird but in a way consistency shows that you take care of your car.
So I'm wondering if any of you have any procedures or rituals for starting, driving, or parking your car. I hope I'm not the only one, lol!!
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