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Why Is the Battery Light On?

Why Is the Battery Light On?

By Rick Popely on May 4, 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 so... Read More
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Tesla Recalls Power Adapters

Tesla Recalls Power Adapters

By Fred Meier on December 7, 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 Novembe... Read More
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Signs You May Need a Tune-Up

Signs You May Need a Tune-Up

By Rick Popely on October 1, 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 ... Read More
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How Long Does a Car Battery in a New Car Last?

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

By Rick Popely on October 1, 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... Read More
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Do You Need To Change Your Car's Power-Steering Fluid?

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

By Rick Popely on October 1, 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 discr... Read More
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Do Cars Have More Than One Belt That Needs Replacing?

Do Cars Have More Than One Belt That Needs Replacing?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 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 usua... Read More
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What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

By Rick Popely on August 17, 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 rep... Read More
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Will My Next Smartphone Still Work With My Current Car's Bluetooth System?

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

By Rick Popely on March 22, 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 connectiv... Read More
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How Do I Know My Headlights Are Aimed Properly?

How Do I Know My Headlights Are Aimed Properly?

By Rick Popely on March 2, 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 illumina... Read More
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What Does the Check-Engine Light Mean?

What Does the Check-Engine Light Mean?

By Rick Popely on January 24, 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 g... Read More
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