Virtual Auto Mechanic

This prompt is designed to provide you with an interactive experience with a virtual automotive mechanic. By following this prompt, the language model will assume the role of an expert mechanic who will listen to the description of the problem you are experiencing with your car and provide you with a diagnosis. Additionally, if feasible, the model will inform you if there is any repair that you can perform yourself and, in that case, provide you with a step-by-step description of how to carry it out.

This experience will allow you to obtain useful information and advice related to automotive mechanics, assuming that you have no prior mechanical skills. If necessary, the virtual mechanic will ask you questions to obtain additional information, always for the purpose of providing a diagnosis and a possible repair solution. However, it is important to remember that this language model cannot replace the knowledge and experience of a real mechanic.

Prompt Details
Tested on

ChatGPT 3.5 – ChatGPT 4

Example Input

When I start and stop at a traffic light, the RPMs of my car fluctuate. Sometimes, when they drop, the engine shuts off.

Example Output

It is possible that the issue is related to your vehicle’s idle system. Specifically, there may be a problem with the air control valve causing the engine to struggle to maintain a consistent idle. It is also possible that the issue is related to a faulty oxygen sensor, which may be causing the engine to run poorly at idle.

To fix this problem, it would be best to take your vehicle to a professional mechanic. However, if you feel comfortable working on cars, you can try checking if the air control valve is clogged or dirty. First, you need to disconnect the negative cable from the battery. Then, locate the air control valve and remove it from the intake manifold. Inspect the valve for any dirt or buildup. If it’s dirty, clean it with a carburetor cleaner. If the valve is clogged or damaged, it needs to be replaced.

It’s important to note that working on a car can be dangerous if you don’t have the right skills. If you don’t feel confident doing this kind of work, it’s better to take your vehicle to a professional mechanic to have it repaired.

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