"Also, I can kill you with my brain." (toastedcheese) wrote in little_details,
"Also, I can kill you with my brain."

convenient car troubles

My character is in present-day England. He owns a six-year-old sedan, not the nicest car, but reliable enough for a long trip. He has just driven for six hours, stopped, then driven another hour and a half. It is a relatively warm August day. He stops at a rest stop. Ten minutes later, his car won't start. It is a serious problem and he needs to call a tow truck.

I know very little about cars. So what kind of massive problem might come on like that without any previous symptoms? The character is pretty car-savvy, and I would prefer it to be something that he could diagnose based on the sounds the thing's making and what he sees under the hood. But if it has to be mysterious, that's all right too. Just want to make sure whatever I choose is plausible.

At the moment I have his carburetor going out. *shrug*
Tags: uk (misc), ~cars

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