This is going to be another fast, free-flow, frantic, frenzied, fun-filled, farcical formulation.
I think I might of jinxed myself with my previous post complaining about today's vehicles and that you need to see a software engineer if your car's computer starts acting up. Maybe my car read my previous post, dated, Friday, June 12, 2015.
Saturday evening, about 8 P.M, June 13, 2015, Sainsbury's supermarket, Leek, Staffordshire, England. Switch off car. Get out of car. Close the door. All the indicator lights on the dashboard, the beeping sound to indicate a door is open, the red light for the car alarm, are all going ballistic. I open the car door and it all stops. I close the door again. All the indicator lights on the dashboard, the beeping sound to indicate a door is open, the red light for the car alarm, are all going ballistic, yet again! Close the car for the third time and realise the light show will eventually drain my battery. Rush into the supermarket and forget what I wanted to get. End up buying some milk and rush back to my car, the car with the dazzling inside light show.
Head back home and close the car door. Of course, the electrical problem is still happening. Rush into my home and drop off the milk. Head back to my car and drive about two miles away. I do this because I don't have home start on my breakdown cover. When I mention breakdown cover, I do mean for the car.
Park up the car and phone the breakdown company. One hour later, a guy shows up. He checks out my car's electrical system and proceeds to scratch his
head. "Don't know what's wrong with your car, mate. I'll follow you back to your place and disconnect your battery", he stated.
Back home and he disconnects the battery. He drives off and I think that my car, my worry-free car for over five years, my car, a Chevrolet Lacetti, a featured car on the UK version of Top Gear, has decided to teach me a lesson.
Of course, over the rest of the weekend, out of curiosity, I kept going to my car, reconnected the battery, only to have the same weird light show occur whenever the car door was closed. Open the car door and the light show would magically stop. Unplug the battery for a last time on the Sunday night.
Monday morning and the fun begins. The first place I phone to hopefully get my electrical problem sorted cannot book my car in until Thursday. I tell the guy on the phone I'd better check around because that was quite a long wait. Then the real fun began. Garage after garage stated they couldn't check the electrics via the onboard computer on a Chevrolet Lacetti. I finally phoned this one place and the electronics expert mechanic told me he could not get the special code needed to check out my car's electrics because it was a Chevrolet.
Now my mind starts to have all sorts of weird thoughts. "On no, I have a Chevrolet, a GM product, I have to go to Detroit! I'll end up on some cargo ship and during some particularly rough seas, the truck with the frozen fish, right beside my car, dumps said frozen fish all inside my car window which I forgot to close. The frozen fish thaw out and my car will become a haven for Detroit seagulls. We end up on top of car transporter truck that actually heads to Detroit. My car gets lowered down at the Detroit drop-off point for overseas Chevrolet vehicles with electrical faults. At this point, a bunch of Detroit gangsters steal all four wheels off my car...." I snap out of my daydreaming and make one more phone call.
I phone back the garage that cannot book in my car until Thursday. I mention this time that my car is a Chevrolet Lacetti. The dude I'm speaking to is the owner, somebody I've known for years and is totally honest. Yes, a totally honest mechanic. He explains he has a workaround if my car's computer wont cooperate. He tells me he can "fool" my car into thinking it's a different brand of car. I kid you not.
In the meantime, I kept checking my car. The electrical fault had vanished but I wasn't taking any chances. Thursday morning and I left my car so the mechanic could fool its electrics. That afternoon I phoned and I was told they had done the best they could but couldn't quite trace the problem. However, they said my car seemed fine and they recalibrated the car's computer as best they could.
Upon my arrival at the garage, I was preparing myself to pay for the work done. "Gary", said Adrian, the owner of the garage, "I don't want any money for the work. Besides, it appears that you may have actually corrected the underlying problem when you left the battery disconnected. And Gary, it's nice to see you after such a long time!" Even though I protested he was insistent that I didn't pay anything. No charge, so to speak. How very nice of Adrian. If you live in Leek and you need your car sorted, I will recommend his garage.
As of right now, as in the fact I quickly dashed out to check my car, I can report my car still seems fine.
There you go. A post done in under an hour. If there are any
I believe that when my car was plugged into the computer adjustment thingy, that it did get fooled. My Chevrolet is now an Aston Martin and I'm James Bond from the 1960's.