So, if your air conditioner goes on the fritz, or your washing machine blows up, or your video recorder conks out; before you call the repairman, turn on all the lights, check all the closets and cupboards, look under all the beds, 'cause you never can tell... there just might be a gremlin in your house.
—Randall Peltzer, Gremlins
Gremlins don't sabotage machines. Not on purpose, anyway. Gremlins just have a very simple understanding of the world: if something's moving, it works. If it stops, it's broken. If it's broken, gremlins will come to fix it. If you're broken, they'll fix you with whatever they can find. Or use you to fix something else. Your car, maybe.