When I was younger, my father always asked me to accompany him every time he would go and check his car. He would point out various parts of the car and tell me what it’s for and why I should remember them.
God. I wish I remembered all of them.
A few days ago, I put down my Rubik’s Cube to go buy something from a mall nearby. Like any civilized individual, I got my car keys and tried to start my car.
Now, you must understand that while I am a master of puzzles – I am not a know-it-all. So when my car started to cough and don’t start. I was speechless.
I am not a car guy. My father wanted me to become one but since I moved out, I never really got to see the engine of a car ever since. It was dad who was the total gearhead. He would constantly talk to his friends about Mustangs and Palominos and I knew they weren’t talking about horses.
Now back to my car. It doesn’t even start. It just coughs and sorta fizzles out. It worked pretty fine a few days ago. This never happened before.
That’s when I decided to call a good friend of mine. This friend of mine knew more about cars than me. I didn’t call him to fix the car for me. I called him to explain why it wasn’t working. At that point, I really wished I listened to dad before.
I have good mechanic friends at www.mobilemechanicperthwa.com.au who can help me out with my problem but I opted not to call them right away. I didn’t have anything to do that day so I just called my good friend.
When he arrived, I explained the situation. I said I didn’t want to bring it to the mechanic right away like I would do in any given situation. I wanted to understand why it didn’t seem to work.
His face lighted up and he exclaimed “You have no idea how long I have waited for you to say those words”.
He told me that cars are much like puzzles. Logic puzzles to be exact. Everything follows a specific system of electric impulses and mechanical motions. This means that when something goes wrong during a certain part of the flowchart, the system won’t operate. Your job, when troubleshooting a car, is like solving a puzzle.
The way he explained it really got me excited. If I knew this was how car problems were solved, I would’ve loved being a gearhead. I would have spent some more time with my dad.
After pointing and naming a number of parts in the engine and telling me the root of my car problems, I called my mobile mechanic to visit the car to check it out. They arrived at my home within an hour and had my car running within the day.
Cars are truly magical puzzles.