Friday, 2 October 2015

computerised cars and alienation

I've lost count of the number of people I know who have bought a new car, polished it daily for a few months, then began to lose interest. Things get even worse when such cars, less than a year old, start to develop baffling symptoms, and limp home at low speed with warning symbols on the dashboard.
Then they get even worse when a garage wants to charge £30 (or more) to plug in a lead from their laptop to read the fault codes that the cars main computer is generating.

It seems yet another attempt by the dreaded corporations to make all people into 'consumers' and give all the power to corporations and those willing to be their servants.

Being by nature rather idle, I thought it would be a good idea to have a car so old that it doesn't have such computer complications. But the computer is so damned clever that modern cars now have greatly improved fuel efficiency.

So, yet again, I've had to defeat the hardwired idleness and make an effort to understand what's going on.

The computer just generates codes; the plug and usb cable to read the codes cost a few pounds: (

Deciding what is wrong is more complicated than just reading the codes, but there is plenty of sharing taking place on the internet, particularly on YouTube with how-to-fix-it videos included!

Car diagnostics using hand-held diagnostic tool video

Car diagnostics using a laptop video


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