A YOUTUBER shared a hidden feature he thinks could save motorists from having to be towed if their car won’t start.
Brother Che pointed to the clandestine repair behind the wheel of his vehicle—along with a number of tips to use with caution.
Brother Che (@chegeceping) provides daily tips and tricks for drivers on his website.
In a video posted in April 2023, the YouTuber introduces the video: “I’ll teach you these hidden characteristics of cars! Some save money, some save lives.”
He falls into the former category and starts his first tip.
The host claims that instead of calling a tow truck, someone who gets their car stuck can easily move it themselves.
First they have to pull out the “dust cover” on their gear shifter; As a demonstration, a car with an automatic transmission is shown in the video.
Then, he claims, a person can use their key to press an “emergency button” to turn the car on and off.
When idling, the vehicle’s wheels should be able to move freely.
The vlogger goes on to claim that drivers with push-button start cars can use a nifty trick to restart the car if it doesn’t recognize their key.
He says there’s a spot on the steering wheel where the driver can hold down the key and press the ignition button at the same time to start the car – and there’s no need for a tow truck.
For his final trick in the video, the presenter claims to be offering a more life-saving trick.
He shared that many cars have an “electric handbrake switch.”
He claims that in an emergency, if the pedal brakes fail, this handbrake can bring the car to a slow, controlled stop.
As of last Friday, it has been a year since the account has been online and it has surpassed 1 million subscribers.
Despite the account’s success, some commenters have questioned his advice.
One person joked, “This guy is the mechanics nightmare.”
Another pointed out that the tips only work on some cars: “Bro says the emergency buttons for his car. Not every car is the same.”
Despite the naysayers, other viewers were grateful for the tips.
One wrote: “I always dread the day my brakes won’t work when I’m driving at 80 km/h on the Autobahn.”
Another commenter confirmed his shift trick, adding: “He’s actually absolutely right about the first one. Any car with a stick shift has a lock that you can use to pull it out of park if it’s completely broken.”