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Electrical

What Does the Check-Engine Light Mean?

By Rick Popely on January 24, 2016

CARS.COM — The check engine light on the dashboard is a warning that many vehicle owners dread. The check engine light is a signal that the onboard diagnostics system (or OBD II) has detec... Read More
What Are Common Exhaust System Problems?

By Rick Popely on January 24, 2016

By Rick Popely, Cars.com Rust is the No. 1 enemy of exhaust systems, but it is by no means the only one. For example, bottoming out over bumps can cause physical damage to car parts; mufflers ... Read More
When Should the Oxygen Sensor Be Replaced?

By Rick Popely on January 24, 2016

CARS.COM — Modern car engine control systems rely on input from several sensors to regulate the engine's performance as well as its emissions and other vital functions. When these... Read More
Why Did My 12-Volt Power Outlet Stop Working?

By Rick Popely on January 17, 2016

CARS.COM — If you have a 12-volt power outlet that suddenly decided it didn't want to work, the first thing to check is whether the phone charger or whatever 12-volt accessory you... Read More
Common Problems With Infotainment Systems

By Rick Popely on January 17, 2016

The promise that you'll be able to connect to the internet, listen to music you bring on your own device, get step-by-step navigation instructions and do it all by barking commands at your c... Read More
Can Airbags Go Bad?

By Rick Popely on January 17, 2016

Based on current events, we have to say, yes, they can go bad. We're referring to the recalls and investigations of airbags manufactured by Japan-based Takata Corp., a major global auto-... Read More
How Long Should a Rear Camera Last?

By Rick Popely on January 17, 2016

About half of new vehicles today are equipped with a backup camera, and by 2018 all light vehicles will be required by federal regulation to have one. As a result, more car owners will have anot... Read More
Common Problems with Traction Control

By Rick Popely on January 17, 2016

CARS.COM — All cars and light trucks since the 2012 model year have come with standard traction control, and many vehicles from earlier years that had antilock brakes also got traction con... Read More
Why Does My Car Heater Blow Cold Air?

By Rick Popely on January 17, 2016

CARS.COM — Why does your car heater blow cold air? Chances are that if you're getting a blast of cold air you don't want when you turn on the vehicle's heater or defroster, it&... Read More
What Are the Most Common Electrical Problems?

By Rick Popely on January 17, 2016

By Rick Popely, Cars.com Aside from a dead battery or faulty charging system, the most common electrical issues owners are likely to experience are burned-out light bulbs. After bulbs, thoug... Read More