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My Summer Car Guide 2: Electric Boogaloo

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Congratulations! You've just bought My Summer Car, started the game and... now what? Well, don't worry, because this guide includes everything you need to know about this game.

The Start

Before you start playing the game, you should watch other people play it first. If you bought the game without watching it, then you might regret doing so. This game is notoriously difficult and frustrating, but you surely can get the hang of it.

Game mechanics

Player attributes

This game's control scheme might be confusing. Take a look at the settings menu and change the controls if you want to.

By default, the F key is your best friend in this game. Most actions, like eating food, are activated by using so, since LMB will usually just pick the item up. However, you need to press LMB to open doors and push buttons inside the car.

You may notice the player attributes panel in the top left corner of your screen. It shows whether you chose the permadeath option when starting the game, the day of the week, your money, and, most importantly, your stats.

Thirst can be lowered by opening the tap with LMB and drinking water by leaning into it using the Q key. When you're not home, you can drink beer (but if you drink too much you will get drunk) or milk.

Hunger is lowered by eating any food, though the most efficient food is a pack of sausages. Chips also do the job well, however, they increase thirst.

Stress can be lowered by spamming the swear button N, smoking cigarettes, and being in the sauna, though the latter one is not recommended as it quite a fire hazard.

Urine increases when you drink. You can piss by pressing P. Only do that outside, in the toilet, or in the shower room, because pissing inside your house will create non-cleanable puddles of pure, gross piss.

Fatigue increases throughout the day. The more fatigued you are, the longer you sleep. Before sleeping, unplug your phone by clicking on the phone plug, since a drunk guy might call at night and ask you to drive him home. You can't even do that in the start of the game. To sleep, hold the F key for a few seconds while looking at the bed.

Dirtiness isn't that important, since the only effect that comes from it are flies buzzing around you. To clean yourself, use the shower, by first clicking on the big knob, and then the small knob on the tap.

The thirst, hunger, stress and urine attributes turn red and stop increasing when they fill up the whole bar. Even though there is no way to see this, they fill up until the equivalent of double the bar. Then, you will die. Fatigue doesn't turn red when it fills up the whole bar, and when it fills up double the bar, you will start to black out. Apart from the flies, there is no consequence to not watching your dirtiness bar.

You can only save this game at your toilet or an outhouse. Simply walk up to them and press on 'save and quit'. Note that this will progress the time to the next even hour.

Going places

The map. You live in Kesselinperä, the shop is in Peräjärvi.

When you start a new game, you will spawn into your home. When you go outside, you will see the body of your project car, the Satsuma. Before you can build it, you need to get to the store, which is in the town of Peräjärvi. Take a look at the map on the right. You live on the end of the Kesselinperä peninsula. A long way, huh?

The only three vehicles available from the start are your moped, Jonnez ES, your tractor, the Kekmet, and your motorboat.

The Jonnez can go up to 80 km/h, since the player character modified it, however, you need to wear a helmet that obstructs the view (unless you want to die from a bumblebee hitting your eye when going faster than 72 km/h), there is little to no space for carrying around items, and it is very difficult to drive it without falling over.

The tractor has a windshield (no need to wear a helmet), quite much space for items (even more if you hook up the trailer), however, is unbearingly slow.

But the boat, though, while being even slower, can get you to the dock at Peräjärvi faster than any other vehicle, because on water you can travel in a straight line, instead of going around the lake by the dirt roads. Sadly, it has its own flaws too: items may fall in the lake if you overcrowd the boat with them, and the walk from the docks to the store is pretty long.

First journey

Now that you know about the vehicles and their pros and cons, you can choose one of the three approaches on how to get to the store and also visit some other places on the way.

The Tractor approach

Map for the tractor approach

Kekmet 502

Tractor trailer

Using the tractor might be the obvious approach. Yes, It's slow, but reliable, (somewhat) efficient and has a lot of space for items.

When you go into the kitchen, your uncle's house is visible from the window. On a table outside his house is a Christmas present. Open it with F, and take the gift money with F. DO NOT drink the booze or you will get VERY drunk. Past it, there is a woodshed. Your tractor is stored there. Pull the hand throttle a bit, then start the engine. Disengage the parking brake. The tractor has a low gear range, and a high range. It is recommended to only use the high gears, unless you're really stuck somewhere, or pulling when going up very steep hills, like the one that goes up to the abandoned mansion (more on that later). Hook up the tractor's trailer by reversing into it. In the woodshed, there is a black, diesel jerrycan, that you need to put in your trailer.

If you choose the tractor approach, you can take some items to make your journey easier. You should take a beer case and a pack of sausages (the latter one is found in the fridge). You should also go to the garage and open the parts catalog. You need to order the fuel mixture gauge and, optionally, the ratchet set, which will make installing car parts faster. A letter will spawn when you order, take it and put into the trailer.

Then, take a look at the four pistons on the garage shelves. If some are more black than the others, write down the numbers of the blacker ones. Then take the green jerrycan and put it in the trailer.

Now you're ready to go. Go down the home road and turn left at the first two junctions, then go straight until your reach Fleetari's repair shop.

There is an alternative way to go there using the railroad tracks. However, it is a gamble, since the train may come at any moment, killing you, or forcing you to get stuck in the swamp on the sides of the tracks.

When driving, look around, since wrecked cars may spawn in the forest, and you can get a lot of money by towing them. More on that in the section 'the money' below.

Upon reaching Fleetari's shop, you may find a black muscle car with a Back to the Future paint job is parked on its driveway. Go inside, and you will be greeted by the shop owner. On the right, there is a shelf with the parts. Buy these parts:

Fleetari's repair shop

Fleetari Repair Shop
Part Qty. Price
Alternator 1 425 MK
Head Gasket 0-1 329 MK
Pistons 0-4 0-1396 MK
Starter 1 295 MK
Total: 720-2445 MK

Buy only the pistons with the numbers that you wrote down. Do not buy a head gasket if you're buying many new pistons and didn't get that much money from the gift earlier.

Then, put those parts in the tractor trailer, and continue driving. Turn left and cross the little bridge, then go up the hill and turn right sharply. You will then reach the abandoned mansion. Use the beer case or a jerrycan to break the doors, go up the stairs to the attic and turn right. There is a wasp nest, however, if you hug the wall, the wasps won't attack you. You will soon come across a mattress, and on it - four car wheels. Take the wheels and drop them out of the window, before jumping out yourself. Put the wheels in the tractor trailer and hightail it.

Then, continue to drive. Go back down the same way past the bridge, but turn left and get to the highway. Turn left onto the highway. Beware of police checkpoints, if you see one, you must stop and take the breathalyzer test. DO NOT TRY TO OUTRUN THE POLICE. That will result in you dying or getting arrested. Also, do not stop past the police cars, because that will also count as you outrunning the police. When driving, look out for cars, they might hit you if you're going too slow.

When you reach a construction site, turn left at the junction. Then you will reach the gas station and Teimo's store. First, take the letter and put it in the post box. These parts will be delivered to the store in a couple of days, and will cost 908 MK to buy. Then, go inside the store and buy these items:

Teimo's shop

Teimo's Shop
Item Qty. Price
Alternator Belt 1 295 MK
Battery 0-1 0-495 MK
Brake/Clutch Fluid 3 105 MK
Cigarettes 1 13.95 MK
Light Bulb Box 2 55.90 MK
Motor Oil 1 149 MK
Oil Filter 1 59 MK
Sausages 12 131.40 MK
Spark Plug Box 1 99 MK
Total: 908.25-1403.25 MK

If you have less than 1500 MK, then don't buy the battery. The old one still works, but is close to breaking.

After paying, put the shopping bag, motor oil and the battery (if you bought one) into the tractor's trailer. Then go to the black diesel pump and refuel the tractor. Open the fuel cap by scrolling with the mouse. Then, fill up the black jerrycan with diesel and the green one with gasoline. Open the caps with F. DO NOT pay for the fuel and ignore if Teimo calls to confront you for stealing. There will be no consequences and you can pay when you earn more money.

Then, go back home the same way, though without going to the abandoned mansion. When you go back home, put the purchased car parts, wheels, jerrycans, motor oil, and (possibly) the battery in the garage, and take the shopping bag into the storeroom, accessible from the kitchen. Open it by holding F. The items will then explode. You can leave the sausages there. Press F to take the cigarettes. You can now smoke them by holding I. Take the the alternator belt, oil filter, motor oil, light bulb boxes, the spark plug box, and the brake fluid to the garage (you can do that by leaning through the wall using Q).

Now, if it's late, go to sleep and the next day you will be able to build the car. Refer to the section 'The Car' for that.

The Boat approach

Map for the boat approach

Boat

Jonnez ES

The biggest minus of using the boat is that the docks in Peräjärvi are quite far from the shop, so you need to bring your moped.

When you go outside, you might notice a dirt trail going to the lake. There, the boat is located.

But first, you need to go your uncle's house, visible from your kitchen window. On a table outside his house is a Christmas present. Open it with F, and take the gift money with F. DO NOT drink the booze or you will get VERY drunk.

Then, you can take a beer case if you want to make the journey easier. You should also go to the garage and open the parts catalog. You need to order the fuel mixture gauge and, optionally, the ratchet set, which will make installing car parts faster. A letter will spawn when you order, take it and put into the trailer. Take a look at the four pistons on the garage shelves. If some are more black than the others, write down the numbers of the blacker ones. Then take the green jerrycan and put it in the boat.

The last thing you need is the moped. It will be useful if you don't want to walk to take your items one by one. If you want to drive it, press on the kickstand to put it up, and mount the bike. Enter driving mode with . Hold the Q key to lean left, then press RMB on the fuel tap to turn it downwards. This will enable you to start the moped. DO NOT press LMB because that will make the moped use the reserve fuel tank, not allowing you to use it later, in case of an emergency. Finally, press the kickstarter as many times as needed to make the moped engine start. Press the switch on the left if you want to kill the engine.

The moped has a rack, which is useful for carrying around a small amount of items. However, they may fall off. You can also carry items in your hands while driving it, to do this, start the engine, and put the item on the bike rack or ground (if it's a larger one). Then pick the item up and drive with it in your hands. When combining these two methods, you can carry two smaller items on the rack, and a larger one in your hands.

Drive the moped to the boat and put it in. Be careful and don't let it fall off due to the wacky physics. To start the boat, pull the starter as many times as needed. Make sure it's in neutral gear when it starts. The boat's gears can not be controlled with the keyboard buttons, instead you have to press LMB or RMB on the gear lever. You can stop the engine by pressing the red button.

First of all, travel while aiming at the island in the middle of the lake. You may want to go there later, but, for this journey, you shouldn't. When you approach it, you may start to see the sandy lake shore at Peräjärvi. Aim to the left end of it, and you will soon see the docks.

After you get out of the boat, while holding the letter, drive the moped out to the tarmac road, turn left, and then left again. The shop is a yellow building with the words Teimon Kauppa (Teimo's shop) written on it. Put the letter in the post box. These parts will be delivered to the store in a couple of days, and will cost 908 MK to buy. Then, go inside the store and buy these items:

Teimo's shop.

Teimo's Shop
Item Qty. Price
Alternator Belt 1 295 MK
Battery 0-1 0-495 MK
Brake/Clutch Fluid 3 105 MK
Cigarettes 1 13.95 MK
Light Bulb Box 2 55.90 MK
Motor Oil 1 149 MK
Oil Filter 1 59 MK
Sausages 12 131.40 MK
Spark Plug Box 1 99 MK
Two-Stroke Fuel 1 99 MK
Total: 1007.25-1502.25 MK

If you have less than 1600 MK, then don't buy the battery. The old one still works, but is close to breaking.

After paying, take the shopping bag, motor oil, two stroke fuel and the battery (if you bought one) to the boat with the moped. Make repeated trips if necessary. After that, take the jerrycan and go to the green gasoline pump and refuel it. Open the cap with F. DO NOT pay for the fuel and ignore if Teimo calls to confront you for stealing. There will be no consequences and you can pay when you earn more money.

When you finally go back to the boat, open its fuel cap by scrolling with the mouse. Use two-stroke fuel to refill the boat's almost empty fuel tank. Arrange the items in the boat so they don't fall off.

If you notice that an item is slowly falling off, stop accelerating, switch to neutral gear, and exit driving mode as soon as possible. Place the item in a better spot. If an items falls off, there will be no way to retrieve it and you will most likely need to try again from the start.

Follow the coast to the left from the pier, go past a wooden cabin and some roads that lead to the lake until you come across a river. Then, turn into it and stop at a pier next to a small bridge. Get out of the boat, and, preferably with the moped, go right to the repair shop. You can clearly distinguish it from other buildings due to a muscle car standing in its driveway.

Go inside, and you will be greeted by the shop owner. On the right, there is a shelf with the parts. Buy these parts:

Fleetari's repair shop.

Fleetari Repair Shop
Part Qty. Price
Alternator 1 425 MK
Head Gasket 0-1 329 MK
Pistons 0-4 0-1396 MK
Starter 1 295 MK
Total: 720-2445 MK

Buy only the pistons with the numbers that you wrote down. Do not buy a head gasket if you're buying many new pistons and didn't get that much money from the gift earlier.

Then, bring the parts to the boat. After that, pick up a beer case, and when you start the motor, carry it while driving the other way from the pier. Cross the bridge and go up the hill, then sharply turn right. You will come across an abandoned mansion.

Use the beer case to break the doors, go up the stairs to the attic and turn right. There is a wasp nest, however, if you hug the wall, the wasps won't attack you. You will soon come across a mattress, and on it - four car wheels. Take the wheels and drop them out of the window, before jumping out yourself. Carry the wheels and the beer case to the boat one by one using the moped. Make repeated trips if necessary.

After that, turn around the boat and turn left when you come out of the river. Vaguely follow the coast, don't go into the gulf of the swamplands. Aim for the peninsula and follow its coast until you reach your home pier.

When you finally go back home, bring the purchased car parts, wheels, jerrycans, motor oil, and (possibly) the battery to the garage, and take the shopping bag into the storeroom, accessible from the kitchen. Open it by holding F. The items will then explode. You can leave the sausages there. Press F to take the cigarettes. You can now smoke them by holding I. Take the the alternator belt, oil filter, motor oil, light bulb boxes, the spark plug box, and the brake fluid to the garage (you can do that by leaning through the wall using Q).

Now, if it's late, go to sleep and the next day you will be able to build the car. Refer to the section 'The Car' for that.

The Uncle approach

Uncle's house and van.

If you don't want to do the complicated processes that are the boat or tractor approaches, then don't worry! Your uncle, who lives in the house visible from your kitchen window, owns a van and a septic tanker truck. To get them, you need to go through a complicated process that will be explained in the section 'The Uncle'.

You can just build the car without installing the parts that you need to purchase. You can even not fully build it, as bolting in the driver's seat is enough. After you get the van, you can just do the tractor approach with it and get everything you need.

Again, more information on uncle in a section below.

The Car

Your project car - the Satsuma AMP - spawns outside your garage as a bare body. The actual parts of the car are located in the garage. You will need to put it together from scratch. It may be confusing, since not everyone knows where the car parts go. And the wrench sizes are a guessing game if you're playing this for the first time. This guide will tell you exactly what to do to make the car run.

How it works

Spanner set

Take a car part with LMB and hover over the place where it's supposed to go at. A check mark icon Check mark icon.png will appear, meaning that you can successfully install it with LMB. If the part is unbolted, hovering over it will make the disassemble icon Disassemble icon.png appear. Pressing RMB on it will remove the part. To bolt it, first open the spanner (or ratchet, if bought) set with F, then press 1 and 2 to switch to and from tool mode. When in tool mode, you can use LMB to select a spanner. When hovering over bolts of the same size as the spanner, they will turn green. Scrolling up will tighten them, scrolling down will loosen them. Switch out of tool mode when you are ready to assemble another part.

This is an example of the car building guide table:

Bolts Qty. + Part Place Notes
1x5*

2x6

3 Example Somewhere See 'tuning' section below on how to adjust them

* Shared with another example part install them before tightening

This means, that 3 of these example parts have to be installed somewhere, and they each have 3 bolts - 2 bolts of size 6, and 1 bolt of size 5. The size 5 bolt is shared with another example part, so you need to install that part first before tightening this specific bolt. This example part also needs adjustment, so you should see the section 'tuning' below the car building guide.

Preparation

First of all, go to your kitchen. Take a look at a note on the fridge. Read it, it will progress the game's story further and give you some information about the game.

Then, go to the garage and arrange the parts how you like. There is no rules of how everything should look like in this game, so you can change everything to make it look like how you want it.

You may push the car inside of the garage (however, that is way easier if you do that after mounting the wheels).

Building

Bolts Qty. + Part Place Notes
Chassis
4x10 Sub frame Bottom of the engine bay
4x9 Steering rack On the rear part of the sub frame
2x8 Steering column From the steering rack into the interior
2x10 2 Wishbones Left and right front wheel bays
1x12 2 Spindles On the wishbones
1x12* 2 Steering rods Beside the wishbones Needs manual adjustment, see 'tuning' section below

* Shared with struts, install them before tightening

1x14* 2 Disc brakes On the spindles * Shared with halfshafts, install them before tightening
1x14*

3x9**

2 Halfshafts Inside from the disc brakes * Shared with disc brakes

** Shared with gearbox, but doesn't matter if you tighten them now

1x12*

3x10

4x9

2 Struts On top of the spindles * Shared with steering rods
2x12 2 Trail arms Left and right rear wheel bays
None 2 Coil springs On top of the trail arms
1x12

2x6

2 Shock absorbers On top of the trail arms
1x14 2 Drum brakes On the trail arms
4x13 4 Wheels On the disc brakes / drum brakes
Engine (Block)
None Crankshaft Underside of the block
2x9 3 Main bearings On the crankshaft
2x7 4 Pistons From crankshaft to top of the block
None Head gasket On top of the block
10x7 Cylinder head On top of the head gasket
5x8 Headers On the side of the cylinder head
2x10 Block Attach to the motor hoist Place the engine block on the ground, with headers facing the hoist.

Lower the motor hoist to align it with the two small notches.

If done correctly, bolts will appear. Bolt the block.

Raise the hoist and continue working on the engine.

5x8 Rocker shaft On top of the cylinder head Needs manual adjustment, see 'tuning' section below
6x7 Rocker cover On top of the rocker shaft Needs to be filled up, see 'fluids' section below
SPW* 4 Spark plugs On the side of the cylinder head Must be taken out of the spark plug box

* Spark plug wrench, from the spanner set

2x5 Camshaft Hole on the left side of the block
1x10 Camshaft gear On the end of the camshaft Needs manual adjustment, see 'tuning' section below
None Timing chain On camshaft gear and crankshaft
6x6 Timing cover On the timing chain
5x7 Water pump On the timing cover
4x7 Water pump pulley On the water pump
1x11 Crankshaft pulley On the crankshaft
1x7

1x10

SCR*

Alternator Above the crankshaft pulley Needs manual adjustment, see 'tuning' section below

* Screwdriver

None Alternator belt On alternator and the pulleys
SCR* Distributor Side of cylinder head, near spark plugs Needs manual adjustment, see 'tuning' section below

* Screwdriver

None Engine plate Opposite of alternator on the block
2x7

1x5*

Starter On the engine plate * Only appears after wiring, see 'wiring' section below
6x7 Flywheel On the engine plate
None Clutch pressure plate On the clutch cover plate
None Clutch disc On the clutch cover plate
6x6 Clutch assembly On the flywheel
8x7

1x13

Oilpan On the bottom of the block
4x7* Inspection cover On the bottom of the block * Shared with gearbox, install it before tightening
6x7*

1x10

Gearbox On the bottom of the block * 4 of which are shared with inspection cover
7x6 Drive gear On the gearbox
4x8 Carburator Above the headers Needs manual adjustment, see 'tuning' section below
2x6 Airfilter On the carburator
HND* Oil filter Front of the block * Scroll up by hand
2x7 Fuel pump Next to the oil filter
3x11 Block Mount the engine on the sub frame Carefully move the hoist to the car, don't shake it or block will fall off.

Lower the engine to align it with three size 11 bolts on the subframe.

Bolt them, and then unbolt the two size 10 bolts from the hoist.

Put the motor hoist back in its place.

Engine (Other)
2x8 Electrics From the spark plugs to engine bay
1x8 Fuel strainer From the fuel pump to the engine bay
4x7 Radiator Front of engine bay Needs to be filled up, see 'fluids' section below
SCR* 3 Radiator hoses From the radiator to the block * Screwdriver. Hoses 1 and 3 - two screws, hose 2 - one screw
1x9*

2x8

Clutch master cylinder Rear of the engine bay Needs to be filled up, see 'fluids' section below

* On the clutch pedal in the interior

2x7 Clutch lining From master cylinder to the gearbox One bolt at the master cylinder, and one at the gearbox

Bolts can only be tightened with a spanner

1x9*

2x8

Brake master cylinder Rear of the engine bay Needs to be filled up, see 'fluids' section below

* On the brake pedal in the interior

11x7 Brake lining From master cylinder to the wheels Seven bolts in the engine bay, four more at each one of the wheels

Bolts can only be tightened with a spanner

7x11

1x12*

Fuel tank Below the boot * On the fuel line
None Fuel tank pipe From above into the fuel tank
3x7 Exhaust pipe From the headers, under the whole car One bolt near the fuel tank, two more at the headers
1x7 Exhaust muffler On the end of the exhaust pipe
3x5 Gear linkage From the gearbox to the interior All of the bolts are located at the gearbox.

They can only be tightened with a spanner.

2x8 Battery Designated corner of the engine bay Bolts appear after wiring (see below).

DO NOT leave the negative (black) bolt tightened by itself. That may start a fire or even electrocute you.

Tighten the positive (red) bolt first and only then the black bolt.

Interior
1x10 Steering wheel On the steering column
3x6 Gear stick On a bump in the middle of the interior
4x8

1x5*

Handbrake On the same bump as the gear stick * Bolt it last or the handbrake will detach by itself.

This bolt is under the car. You can only tighten it with a spanner.

4x9 2 Front seats Front of the interior
2x9 Rear seat Back of the interior
None Back panel Space between window and rear seats
2x10 Dashboard Under the front window
2x6 Dashboard meters Empty space in the dashboard Bolts located in glove box
2x7 Clock gauge Empty circle shape in the meters
None Radio Empty rectangle shape in the meters
Exterior
4x6 Hood Over the engine bay Can be opened by pressing hood lock on the left end of dashboard
5x5 2 Fenders Over the sides below the hood
4x10 2 Doors Over the entrances to the interior
4x6 Bootlid Over the boot
2x8 2 Bumpers Bottom of the front and rear of the car
2x6 Grille Front of the car
2x7 2 Headlights Two spaces in the grille
None 2 Light bulbs In the headlights Must be taken out of the car light bulb box

Part needs to be

None 2 Rear lights Two spaces in the rear
None 4 Hubcaps On the wheels

Fluids

After building the car, you still need to put the fluids in. That can be done by unscrewing the caps of the fluid reservoirs and filling in the fluid. Don't forget to screw the cap back on after doing so.

Motor oil

Motor oil

Motor oil needs to be filled in through the rocker cover. Take the motor oil you bought from the store and fill it up.

The condition of motor oil impacts your car's performance, and bad quality oil will also cause the car to overheat. The quality (as well as the amount of motor oil) decreases over time, so it's good to frequently replace the oil. Press F on the dipstick to check the oil's color. The darker the oil, the worse the quality.

To change the oil, unbolt the size 13 bolt on the oilpan to let the motor oil flow out. Then, screw the bolt back on. Refill with new motor oil and also replace the oil filter, as it can get quite dirty and worsen the quality of the oil.

Radiator coolant

Coolant

Coolant is necessary for the radiator to cool down the entire engine. It can be bought from Teimo's store, however, there is a trick that will save you some money.

First, go to the kitchen, lean into the sink, and drink A LOT of water. So much that your urine bar turns red, and even more. Just keep in mind that your bladder will burst and you will die when the urine level reaches double the amount that it takes for it to get red. Then, go to the radiator aim for the hole, and press P. It might be hard to piss directly into the radiator hole, but keep trying and drinking more water until the entire tank is full of your natural coolant. There are no differences between using coolant and pissing in the radiator, apart from the fact that pissing, unlike coolant, is free.

Brake and clutch fluid

Brake fluid

The brake and clutch master cylinders need to be filled up with brake fluid. You will need two and a half bottles of it, but, possibly, even more, since if you forgot to tighten any brake lining nuts, the fluid will pour out of them.

Gasoline

Gasoline jerrycan

The main fluid that needs to be poured into the car is gasoline. Take the green gasoline jerrycan that you have filled up, open it, and pour fuel into the fuel tank pipe. Pour all of the fuel into the car.

Tuning

Main article: Tuning

Some car parts need manual adjustment after being assembled.

Steering rods

Steering rod

In order to make sure your car doesn't swerve to the side while driving, you need to adjust the steering rods.

After you've finished assembling the chassis, and bolted on the wheels, you need to take a size 14 spanner (a ratchet won't work). Locate a nut on the steering rods.

First, you need to scroll down until the wheel stops moving. Then, scroll up 60 times. This will center out the wheel. Do this with both wheels, and your car will drive in a perfectly straight line.

Rocker shaft

Visualised rocker shaft adjustments

Rocker shaft

The rocker shaft is quite hard to adjust. There are many ways you can adjust, all with different outcomes.

The best adjustment would be this: first, take the screwdriver. Then, scroll down 20 times to loosen the valves. After that, scroll up 7 times. Repeat this for all of the valves.

This will set the valves as loose as possible without ticking. If you can hear ticking after starting the engine, then you need to readjust the valves. Note that an improperly adjusted distributor will also make a similar sound, though it is higher-pitched.

Camshaft gear

Camshaft gear

The camshaft gear adjustment is very simple. After you tighten the gear, continuing to scroll up on the mouse will make it rotate. There is a notch on the gear, and it needs to align with a notch on the crankshaft. An improperly adjusted camshaft gear may cause serious damage to the engine.

Alternator

Alternator

Distributor

The alternator needs to be adjusted when putting on the alternator belt. When putting on the alternator belt, untighten the screwdriver screw and scroll down on the alternator with your hands. Then, put on the belt. After doing so, scroll up on the alternator until it stops moving, and then scroll down 2 clicks. This will stop the belt from squealing, but also minimize wear and tear.

Distributor

The distributor needs to be adjusted to ensure that the engine has enough power. This can be done by unscrewing it two ticks, scrolling down with your hands until it stops moving, then scrolling up 27 times, and, finally, tightening it again.

Carburator

Visualised carburator adjustments

Carburator

The carburator might be quite frustrating to adjust.

With the fuel mixture gauge (that you should have ordered), after you've built the car, you can start the engine, take the screwdriver and locate a screw on the carburator. Then, you can scroll up and down until the gauge shows some number around 14.9.

However, the number on the gauge jumps around, and only shows the correct one if you're driving in third or fourth gear.

Don't worry, though, there is another way to adjust the carburator. Locate the screw and then scroll up 44 times. After that, scroll down 7 times. This will set the ratio to 14.7 (even though the AFR gauge will show 14.9). This is the best ratio, and is guaranteed to pass inspection. However, if you've already passed the inspection, and want a better ratio for power and speed, scroll down 17 times instead of 7. This will set the ratio to 16.7, or 13.1 on the gauge.

Wiring

Wiring mess

Main article: Wiring mess

After finishing building and tuning your car, you still need to wire up the electronics. That can be done by taking the wiring mess and pressing F on the connectors.

Connector 1 Connector 2
Rear harness connectorRear harness connector.png Fuel tank
(Fuel tank)
Rear harness connectorRear harness connector.png Rear light left
(Rear light)
Rear harness connectorRear harness connector.png Rear light right
(Rear light)
Headlights connectorHeadlights connector.png Headlight left
(Headlight, must be detached first with a size 7 spanner/ratchet)
Headlights connectorHeadlights connector.png Headlight right
(Headlight, must be detached first with a size 7 spanner/ratchet)
Headlights connectorHeadlights connector.png Main harness connectorMain harness connector.png
Main harness connectorMain harness connector.png RegulatorRegulator.png
Main harness connectorMain harness connector.png Positive terminal
(Battery)
Main harness connectorMain harness connector.png Ignition coil
(Electrics)
Main harness connectorMain harness connector.png Radiator fan connector
(Radiator)
FuseboxFusebox.png Instrument panel 1
(Dashboard meters, temp/fuel gauge)
FuseboxFusebox.png Ignition switch
(Steering column)
FuseboxFusebox.png Instrument panel 2
(Dashboard meters, hazard/cigarette lighter switches)
Radio harnessRadio harness.png Radio
(Radio/CD player)
Dash harness connectorDash harness connector.png AFR gauge
(Fuel mixture gauge, wire it when you get and attach the gauge)
Positive terminal
(Battery, bolted in with a size 8 spanner/ratchet)
Starter
(Starter, bolted in with a size 5 spanner)
Negative terminal
(Battery, bolted in with a size 8 spanner/ratchet)
Battery ground connector
(Starter, front bolt must be untightened first with a size 7 spanner/ratchet)
RegulatorRegulator.png Alternator
(Alternator)

This may happen if you tighten the negative connector of the battery first.

DO NOT leave the negative terminal of the battery tightened by itself. Bolt in the positive terminal first, and only then the negative. Otherwise the car may catch on fire or you might get electrocuted.

If you need to wire something later (possibly an aftermarket part), unbolt the battery first, or you may get electrocuted.

Troubleshooting

Main article: Satsuma/Troubleshooting

If you successfully built the car and it starts up, and you can drive it around with no problems, then you can move on to the next section.

However, if something goes wrong, then refer to this troubleshooting guide:

The car doesn't make any sound and doesn't start

Battery charger with a new, yet dead battery.

This can be caused by missing wiring, or by an improperly attached (or dead) battery. If you haven't bought a new battery, then take the old one and place it on the battery charger in the garage. If the needle is all the way to the right, it means that the battery is dead. This means that you will need to save up some money and buy a new battery later.

The car makes a cranking noise, but doesn't start

Broken rocker shaft. Notice that some of the valves are missing.

This can be caused by a fuel leak/missing fuel, untightened spark plugs, or a broken rocker shaft.

The car starts, but doesn't stay turned on

This can be caused by untightened spark plugs or a lack of tuning.

The car makes a weird sound after it starts

There are many sounds that broken/improperly adjusted parts can make. An improperly tuned distributor makes a high-pitched chirping noise. An alternator belt, tightened too loose, will make a squealing sound. The rocker valves make a clicking sound if they were tuned badly. An infrequent clonking sound comes from the camshaft gear, if it wasn't aligned. The latter one especially damages the car, so turn off the engine immediately if you hear it. All of these problems can be fixed, refer to the tuning section above.

The car makes a gunshot sound

This happens if you do not tune the carburator and leave the air/fuel mixture too lean.

A red light appears on the dashboard

There are two red lights on the dashboard. One is rectangular - it turns on when you are starting the car, or when the oil level in your car is very low, and another one is circular, placed right of the speedometer, which indicated that the alternator is worn down.

White particles are coming out of the engine bay

This means the car is overheating. Not enough oil/bad oil quality, almost broken head gasket, untightened radiator and/or its, or the lack of coolant in the radiator can cause this.

The car keeps veering to the left/right on its own

The cause of this is either bent suspension or the lack of wheel alignment.

The car won't move, though the wheels are spinning

You most likely forgot to disengage the handbrake

The car is very sluggish to drive/doesn't pick up any speed and stalls

Most likely, you forgot to tune the distributor, the rocker shaft or the carburator. However, there is another reason why this may occur - the spark plugs are untightened or broken.

The Uncle

Toivo Kesseli

After building the car, you need to get it inspected. But, before that, you need to progress the game story. If you read the fridge note, and built the car (or at least mounted the driver seat), uncle will appear on Thursday (if you started building the car on Tuesday) or Wednesday (if you chose the uncle approach and started (or not) building the car on Monday).

Hayosiko Pace

When he has spawned, a blue van will appear outside his house. That means that you can knock on his door and he will give you the keys to his van. You will then be able to drive it around until you go to sleep, then he will take it away. If you finished building the car, slept through the night, and the uncle still hasn't spawned, then you might consider doing some jobs while you wait.

Second journey

When you obtain the keys, you need to make another journey. It will differ depending on what approach you chose earlier.

After tractor/boat approach


After uncle approach


Unfinished. Will finish soon.
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