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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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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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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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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