Potential Reasons for a Battery or Charging System Light

While the battery light may not be as concerning as the check engine light, it is still an indicator that you should not ignore. If your battery is bad or there is a problem with your charging system, it is just a matter of time before you are likely to end up stranded, unable to start your vehicle. There are different reasons that your battery or charging system light might come one, most of which require fairly minor or inexpensive repairs. 

Loose or Corroded Battery Cable

The first thing to check when your battery light comes on is the battery cable connections. Sometimes removing and firmly reattaching the battery cables can be enough to make the light go off. If your battery cables are corroded, you can easily clean them with a cleaner from any automotive parts store, or with straight original Coca-cola. (Other sodas will not work.) If the battery cables appear to be severely corroded or damaged, you’ll want to have a mechanic take a look.

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How to Maintain Your Cooling System

How often do you think about the cooling system in your vehicle? Most people just take this function of their car for granted, but the cooling system is actually very important. The combustion of fuel and conversion of fuel to energy generates an enormous amount of heat. 

If the cooling system is in disrepair, that heat can damage or fuse parts, rendering your vehicle completely useless. If that happens, you will most likely be better off getting a different car than paying for repairs. Here’s what you can do to maintain your cooling system and lengthen the life of your car.

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Avoiding Epic Car Repair Fails

Once upon a time, it seemed as though every adult male was a car expert. People worked on their own cars all the time. But with the newer cars and computerized systems, most people don’t have the training or know-how to repair a car properly. Instead of trying to handle repairs yourself, it is important to hire an expert mechanic to perform the repairs.

Costly Repair Mistakes

If you try to repair your car yourself, you could make some epic and expensive mistakes. It is not that hard to put something in the wrong way, disconnect something you didn’t mean to, or install a part with the wrong sized bolt. If you make a mistake and don’t catch it, you could cause significant damage to your vehicle when you try to start and drive it.

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Engine Maintenance That Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Proper maintenance of your car is extremely important. Most vehicles are designed to last at least 200,000 miles, but they will only reach that if you take care of them. All of the systems of your car require some type of routine maintenance, even if it is only required every 50,000 miles.
It is important to make sure that you maintain your engine, because without it your car is not going anywhere. The engine is often the most expensive part of your car to have replaced or repaired, often costing thousands of dollars. To avoid these costly repairs, it is important to maintain your engine. Here’s how.

Timely Oil Changes

The oil in your car plays a very important role. The motor oil lubricates the moving parts of the engine so that they can move freely. Without the oil, the different parts of the engine can lock up, causing the car to seize and stop functioning. If you don’t change your oil on a regular basis, it will contribute to wear on the engine and your vehicle won’t last as long.

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What You Need to Know About Axles and Their Repair

Most people don’t give much thought to the axles on their car. For most vehicle owners, the axles are not a part that ever needs to be repaired or changed. However, there are some instances in which your axles could become worn, degraded, or damaged. 

The most common reason for most people to need axle repair is potholes. Large potholes in the road can break, dent, or otherwise damage the axle. It may not be immediately apparent that the axle has been damaged. You may finish driving home and not notice that there is a problem until you get on the road the next day. Even then, you may notice that something is off, but have no idea what it might be.

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How Often Should You Get Your Brakes Changed

Vehicle maintenance is important, and not just so that you don’t have more costly repairs later. Keeping your vehicle maintained is paramount to keeping you and your family safe. Among the systems you want to keep a close eye on is your brake system. 

The brake system is made up of many parts, but most of them do not ever need to be changed. For most vehicles, brake pads need to be changed periodically. Rotors need to be changed less frequently. As long as you make sure your brake pads are changed when they should be, you should not have any wear on your rotors. 

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How to Know Your Mechanic Is Trustworthy

Everyone has heard the horror stories of mechanics taking advantage of the unknowledgeable consumer. If you aren’t familiar with cars and their mechanical issues, you have to be able to put your full trust into your mechanic. You need to know that they are going to only charge you for what really needs to be fixed and that you won’t be charged for work that was not done or not necessary.

To make sure that you are not scammed by a mechanic taking advantage of you, it is important to check out your mechanic thoroughly to make sure that they are trustworthy. There are several things you can do to make sure that your mechanic can be trusted.

Check Reviews

Check for reviews on Google, Yelp, and other websites that rank companies in general and mechanics specifically. You can also ask around in your neighborhood or city to discover if anyone else has had an experience with the mechanic, and, if so, how well they were treated.

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Common Minor Reasons for a Check Engine Light

When your check engine light comes on, it is normal to become worried about the reliability of your vehicle. However, there are a lot of different reasons that your check engine light could come on that are not serious problems. While you always want to get a check engine light checked out by a mechanic, you may not really be looking at expensive repairs. Here are some of the common more minor reasons for a check engine light.

Oxygen Sensor

The oxygen sensor on your vehicle is one of the least expensive parts on your car, and it is a fairly easy and cheap fix. The oxygen sensor helps to regulate your vehicle and can affect your gas mileage. It is not an emergency to replace it, as your car will run just fine, although less efficiently, without it.

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