Burning Insights of the Second Degree
RAY: This puzzler was sent in by Wade Satterfield. He writes:
"It was an early fall evening, when my wife drove off in our '94 Explorer. About three blocks from home, it started making a great screeching, screaming noise with smoke coming out from under the hood. My wife turned off the car and, of course, called me for help.
"I was home in my jammies, but I got in my car and drove over there. Being the guy, I was obliged to open the hood, and I tried to look for something wrong...even though it was dark. It was, after all, a dark and stormy night.
"On a hunch, I reached in and touched something that should have been cool. Instead of touching something cool, though, I got a second-degree burn on my finger. Wounded and whimpering I walked home, while my wife continued her trip in my car, leaving the Explorer smoking and smoldering by the roadside.
"After putting ice on my finger, the pain subsided enough so that I could think straight. I walked back to the Explorer. I adjusted something on the dashboard, started the engine, and drove home with no problems."
So, what did Wade do?
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