My dad was visiting his dad and brother in India for the past month. I needed to fire up the Windstar once every few days to keep her from dying via the battery, but then one week into my dad’s trip to India the Windstar didn’t want to start.

Oddly enough, the battery hadn’t died. I knew something was wrong with the starter when I tried to turn the ignition over. But since it was Ramadan, I wasn’t even going to bother in the combination of 100 degree heat. Plus, my dad knows the car better than I do.

So I picked him up from the airport yesterday and just now he took a look at it. He tells me to get him a hammer. A few minutes of whacking and clinging and no-starts later, the Windstar chokes back to life.

Hammers really do fix things.