As a 'car guy' I'm often asked at work or when out with friends to diagnose a car's problem. This can be anything from a misfire, to a mystery sound, to putting the wrong fuel in. 9 times out of 10 I'm able to give a ballpark answer without having taken the time to fully diagnose the problem.
Now, I'd imagine most of us here start our cars and either let it get to temperature on idle or take it easy for the first few miles to let the car get to temperature and get all fluids well circulated. This can't be said for everyone though. My work is a 2 minute drive from the dual carriageway and I'm often mocked by my colleagues for doing 50 mph on the way home, being careful to not let the car go over 3,000rpm until warm. The amount of times I've been asked why and then also asked why my car never breaks down is just about tolerable.
So, having been mocked, I'm then asked why their car is leaking fluid and running a bit rough. Most would put this down to the car being unreliable and a money pit, but surely there must be some correlation between mechanical sympathy and reliability.
As you're reading this, I'd like to think you know where I'm coming from but, if you're one of the above offenders, please, try by giving your car some sympathy when you start it up. Imagine our bodies; imagine getting up and going straight into a 100 metre sprint. You may be luck and experience no unusual results. But, I'd have a good guess that you're much more likely to experience a pulled muscle than if you were to warm up and strech beforehand.
Finally, check your damn fluids and tyre pressures! Air and oil are two of the most readily available consumables to get hold of and not overly expensive. However, when not maintained they can cause total failure.
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