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What Does the Power Steering System Warning Light Mean?

What Does the Power Steering System Warning Light Mean?

Only a fraction of car owners go through their manufacturer's manual to know the meaning of various warning lights that flash on the dashboard. Therefore, most of them get confused when the power steering warning light illuminates. The problem is that one cannot tell what has caused the light to flash. The light can only go away after diagnosing and fixing the problem. If left unsolved, it may lead to safety risks. What's Does the Power Steering Warning Light Look Like? The power steering warning light is often amber or red with the image of the steering wheel and an exclamation mark. If you have an electric power steering, the light might illuminate behind an EPS sign, which stands for electric power steering. Possible Causes of the Power Steering Warning Light The problem causing the power steering warning light to appear on your car's dash varies, depending on the steering system. If your car has a hydraulic steering system, the most likely culprit is decreasing ... read more

Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Just like you prepare your car for winter, so should you prep it for spring and summer. Weather conditions change, and temperatures begin to rise in spring, and getting your vehicle professionally serviced ensures safe driving, improves your vehicle's resale value, and extends its longevity. Below is a checklist to help you ready your car for spring. Have an Oil and Filter Change Your engine oil helps in cleaning the motor's internal parts and regulates operational temperatures. As the oil ages, it becomes contaminated with dirt and debris and causing the filter to clog. It's critical to have the engine oil and filter checked and changed to ensure the engine operates at maximum performance in spring. Check the Battery In winter, your car battery works harder than intended as the low temperatures tend to slow down chemical reactions. By summer, the battery is usually corroded. Summer temperatures also increase chemical reactions and speed up the evaporation of the batte ... read more

What are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

What are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

Most modern vehicles have fuel injectors instead of carburetors. A fuel injector is a vital component of the car engine because it delivers fuel into the cylinders while controlling fuel atomization, timing, and other important parameters. If your vehicle performs poorly and you experience rough riding or lousy gas mileage, the problem could be with the injector system. To be sure, look out for the following symptoms. 1. The Car Engine Misfires When your car engine misfires, it could mean that the fuel injector is dirty. This problem will cause the car to sputter and vibrate. This occurs because there's a problem with the air and fuel mixture entering the engine. 2. Rough Idle When your vehicle shakes and sputters when you are stuck in traffic or when at a Stop sign, it may also mean that your fuel injector is dirty. Rough idling results from varying RPMs (revolutions per minute) even if your foot is not on the pedal. In most cases, rough idling may cause your engine to stall ... read more

Is That Waffle House or My Car? What To Do When Your Car Smells Like Syrup

Is That Waffle House or My Car? What To Do When Your Car Smells Like Syrup

Pancakes are one of the most enjoyed breakfast items. There's nothing better than smelling hot pancakes being made except for the smell of nice warm syrup for your pancakes. While you do expect to smell syrup when having pancakes, you don't want to smell syrup in your car. What should you do when you're smelling syrup in your car? If you're smelling syrup in your car, there may be an issue with your antifreeze coolant. Antifreeze coolant circulates in your car's defroster and heater. If you are smelling the sweet smell of syrup inside your car, there may be a leak in your heater core. If this is what has caused this smell, you may also notice there is a sticky film once you have used your defroster. Also, if you notice there's a wet spot on your carpet that also smells like syrup or the heat in your car doesn't work, then you just may have a small hole causing antifreeze coolant to leak. If by chance you notice the smell of syrup outside your car, you may ... read more

Why Do Warning Signal Lights Blink Fast Sometimes?

Why Do Warning Signal Lights Blink Fast Sometimes?

If something is wrong with your car, there are usually recognizable signs to let you know. If you notice your warning lights are suddenly blinking fast, that's an indication that you need to get your car checked out. Blinking Turn Signals Here are some of the main reasons why your turn signals may start flickering: The bulb is out Poor wire connection Blown fuse Clouded glass The turn signal is powered by a fuse connected to the car battery. When you use your turn signal, a second circuit becomes engaged. This circuit powers the bulbs, consequently lighting them up and indicating your intended direction to the cars behind you. When a bulb deteriorates in quality, it can no longer efficiently handle the electrical current that is sent to it. You can check to see if the issue is a bad bulb by testing out all the signal lights. Because they keep both you and other drivers safe, it's important that the turn signals work properly. Interior Lights When the lights in the inte ... read more