Electrical

Why Is the Battery Light On?

By Rick Popely on Thu May 04 08:30:00 GMT-06:00 2017


CARS.COM — If the battery warning light (a light in the shape of a battery) comes on while you're driving, that means the charging system isn't working, but the fault may lie in something other than the battery. The cause… Read More

Why Is the Battery Light On?

By Rick Popely on Thu May 04 08:30:00 GMT-06:00 2017

CARS.COM — If the battery warning light (a light in the shape of a battery) comes on while you're driving, that means the charging system isn't working, but the fault may lie in something other than the battery. The cause… Read More

Tesla Recalls Power Adapters

By Fred Meier on Wed Dec 07 11:33:02 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — Tesla is voluntarily recalling several thousand power adapters for a risk of overheating. Related: Tesla Adds Self-Drive to Entire Lineup Tesla said that in November it had two reports of NEMA 14-30 (a standard of the National Electrical Manufacturers… Read More

Signs You May Need a Tune-Up

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 09:04:20 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — If your engine misfires, hesitates, stalls, gets poor mileage, is hard to start or has failed an emissions test, it clearly needs something, though a tune-up in the traditional sense might not be the cure. If you tell… Read More

How Long Does a Car Battery in a New Car Last?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 02:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — Though battery problems are often associated with cold weather, Consumer Reports magazine says heat is a bigger enemy of car batteries and will take a bigger toll on performance and reserve capacity. The magazine recommends that vehicle owners… Read More

Do You Need To Change Your Car's Power-Steering Fluid?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 00:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — Replacing power-steering fluid generally is not listed among the regular maintenance items that should be performed, so on most vehicles replacing it is at the owner's discretion. Related: More Service Advice When you take your car in for… Read More

Do Cars Have More Than One Belt That Needs Replacing?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 00:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — All vehicles have an accessory belt that drives features such as the alternator and air-conditioning compressor, and perhaps the power steering and water pump. This belt is usually mounted externally so you can see it on the front… Read More

What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

By Rick Popely on Wed Aug 17 05:00:21 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — If your vehicle is giving off an unusual or sickening odor instead of that new-car smell, follow your nose and find the source of the aroma. Bad smells can lead to expensive repairs or health hazards and shouldn't… Read More

Will My Next Smartphone Still Work With My Current Car's Bluetooth System?

By Rick Popely on Tue Mar 22 05:00:58 GMT-06:00 2016

Because technology changes so rapidly, we hesitate to answer with an unequivocal "Yes," but we feel safe in saying that Bluetooth will remain the most common form of wireless connectivity for the foreseeable future. Its prevalence — especially among expensive… Read More

How Do I Know My Headlights Are Aimed Properly?

By Rick Popely on Wed Mar 02 06:00:05 GMT-06:00 2016

Among obvious signs that your headlights aren't properly aimed are oncoming drivers flashing their lights at you because your lights are blinding them, or the road ahead is brightly illuminated for only 20 feet or so, meaning the headlights are… Read More

What Does the Check-Engine Light Mean?

By Rick Popely on Sun Jan 24 14:21:12 GMT-06:00 2016

That is a signal that the onboard diagnostics system (or OBD II) has detected a malfunction in the vehicle's emissions, ignition or fuel systems. It could be something as simple as a loose gas cap or something as severe as… Read More