Sitting still, looking pretty?
What’s that noise?
It is ominous, to be sure, when you’re driving down a lonely highway and you suddenly a sound emanating from your own vehicle. Kinda scary, we’d think. It’s unlikely to a haunted spirit living in your engine, but it probably is something that you want to get checked out as soon as possible. Noises coming inside your vehicle can mean any number of insidious things, and virtually no good things.
If your dashboard looks like the control centre from a vehicle from Star Trek, then your car probably isn’t in the healthiest of conditions. Lit up exclamation marks, batteries, ABS icons, and engine lights can indicate a serious problem. It can also mean nothing at all and just that it’s time for a service, especially the engine light. Also, if you see lights and you’re positive that all is well with your car, look down: leaving the handbrake is more than common you think.
Is your car trying to communicate with you via the traditional method, smoke signals? Then the message probably is: please take me to a garage, I am in a bad way. But before you do that, get out of the vehicle and make it’s not actually on fire.
It won’t run
Oh no, you’ve tried to turn your car on and nothing’s happened! The key’s in, gears are fine, engine looks ok, no warning lights...the only thing that’s unusual is this weird pointy thing that’s pointing southwest. What could it mean, I hear you ask? That is the fuel gauge...pop down to your nearest petrol station with a can in hand and sheepishly return to your vehicle, it’ll all be fine (though you might never live it down…).
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