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Electrical

Why Is the ABS Light On?

By Rick Popely on December 28, 2017

CARS.COM — ABS stands for antilock braking system, and if the ABS warning light is illuminated in your car's gauge cluster, that means the antilock system has been deactivated bec... Read More
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 symbol) on the dashboard comes on while you're driving, that means the charging system isn't working, but... Read More
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
Signs You May Need a Tune-Up

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — If your vehicle's 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 th... Read More
How Long Does a Car Battery in a New Car Last?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — You rely on your car's battery to start your car every time you turn the key. Whether you are driving to work or just hitting the road for a day of fun, you need to know tha... Read More
Do Cars Have More Than One Belt That Needs Replacing?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — All cars have an accessory belt that drives features such as the alternator and air-conditioning compressor, and perhaps the water and power steering pumps. This belt is usually... Read More
Do You Need To Change Your Car's Power-Steering Fluid?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — Power-steering fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid that transfers power in modern vehicles with power steering. It is an important part of your steering system, and it makes turn... Read More
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 instantly identifiable new-car smell, follow your nose and find the source of the aroma. Bad smells ca... Read More
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
How Do I Know My Headlights Are Aimed Properly?

By Rick Popely on March 2, 2016

CARS.COM — It may not seem obvious at first, but the adjustment on your headlights might be all wrong. How do you know for sure? Among obvious signs that your headlamps aren't properly... Read More
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