Author Topic: Puzzler #2  (Read 465 times)

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Offline Jim Nunziato

Puzzler #2
« on: April 02, 2014, 09:26:13 PM »
It was a dark and stormy, early fall night. (I always love that opening...) My wife was running errands in her car, and was not far from our home. She said, all of a sudden, the car started making a horribly loud screeching noise, then smoke began pouring out from under the hood. Immediately, she pulled over, and shut off the engine and called me from her cell phone. I was already in my jammies, ready for bed, but I got dressed, and drove out to "rescue" her. 

Not knowing what was going on, I opened the hood for the obligatory inspection. I looked around, and touched something that I expected to be ambient temperature, and received a 2nd. degree burn on the tip of my finger! I told my wife to take my car, and finish whatever she was doing, and I walked home.

After putting ice on my finger to ease the pain from the burn, I went to bed. The next morning, I walked back to my wife's car, and checked under the hood again. I discovered what the problem was, and made a simple change of a control on the dashboard. This allowed me to start the car and drive it home with no further problems, no more screeching noise, and no more smoke.

What control did I change on the dashboard, and why?

 
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