Every time you start your car, the dashboard warning lights glow to greet you and fade away after a few seconds. But if they stay on, there may be a major problem that needs to be dealt with right away.
"Motorists need to be aware of the critical 'big three' warning lights," said John Nielsen, director of AAA Automotive. "They include those that monitor engine oil pressure, engine coolant temperature and the vehicle charging system. To reduce the chances of vehicle damage and/or a roadside breakdown, these warning lights require prompt and proper action when they illuminate."
AAA provides the following guidelines on what to do if these lights come on:
* Engine oil pressure: This warning light commonly displays an oil can symbol or the word "OIL." This means that the engine has lost its supply of pressurized lubricating oil and severe engine damage or catastrophic failure can occur within seconds.
If the oil pressure warning light comes on, pull off the road immediately, shut off the engine and have your vehicle towed to a repair facility. Unless you are in an extremely dangerous situation, do not attempt to drive the vehicle.
* Engine coolant temperature: This light commonly displays a thermometer symbol or the logo "TEMP." When the coolant temperature light illuminates, the engine temperature has exceeded the safe maximum. Until the rise in coolant temperature is reversed, the engine will suffer accelerated wear. If the increase in temperature continues, major engine damage or catastrophic failure will result.
If the coolant temperature warning light comes on, quickly assess the situation. Steam or liquid coolant coming from under the hood is a clear indication of overheating or a leak.
Pull off the road at the first safe opportunity and call for assistance. Because boiling coolant can cause severe burns, do not attempt to open the hood in the presence of excessive steam and never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot.
* Charging system: This light commonly displays a battery symbol or the logo "ALT" or "GEN" and means that the electrical system is no longer being supplied with power by the alternator.
Depending on the electrical demands of your vehicle and the reserve capacity of its battery, you will generally have at least 20 minutes of daylight driving time before voltage drops to the point at which the ignition system will no longer function.
If the charging system warning light comes on, turn off all unnecessary electrical accessories and drive to the nearest repair facility to have the vehicle checked.
If you are unsure of what any of these may mean, we highly receommend you visit your nearest Vehicle Repair Shop.
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You May Be Paying For Gas, And Leaving It Behind. That's right; you could be losing a fortune by trying to get that extra bit in because it is pennies cheaper at this gas station.
If you try to overfill your gas tank by squeezing that extra bit of gas in after the pump has clicked off it could be going back into their tanks.
Let me explain.
Simple add-on accessories can change the feel and function of your vehicle. This article focuses mainly on the lower priced parts that can be found in larger auto parts stores, big department stores, online, and electronic stores that are under 50$.
There are so many accessories that can change your car, like seat covers, floor mats, steering wheel covers, sun shades, GPS and much more.
So if you’re in the mood the spice up your car it can be done with a few changes. You just have to pick and go for it.
Quite often, a visit to the car repair shop can be even more painful than a visit to your dentist. Perhaps physical pain it’s involved, but some car repairs can leave your wallet feeling pretty empty and you with a bad taste in your mouth. The best way to avoid costly repairs is to take preventative steps that will keep your car in the best condition possible.
The first thing to do is to follow the maintenance schedule as outlined in your owner’s manual. The best one is always that recommended by the manufacturer and if you fail to follow those guidelines, your warranty may be voided for future repairs. Always be sure to change fluids, filters and spark plugs as the car’s manufacturer recommends.
Upgrade your motor oil to a high performance synthetic oil, which can help to prevent certain problems and can also improve your car’s performance. Always change your oil at the recommended time. By keeping your oil clean and free of particles and gunk, your engine will work less, be less hot and provide more miles for you to drive upon.
Always be sure that your tires are properly inflated. This is especially important because tires with too little air, or too much, can result in excessive wear and may cause a blow out. It is often recommended that tire pressure be checked during every visit to the gas pump. While this may seem like a lot, you won’t be sorry that you have kept your tires in the best shape possible. For reasons of both safety and the expense of new tires, this exercise is well worth it.
If you notice unusual noises on your car, check with your owner’s manual for information. Quite often, noises are perfectly normal and there is no need for concern. Your owner’s manual will let you know whether or not a visit to the car repair shop is necessary.
If you do have to take your car in for repairs, be sure that you are dealing with a reputable company. Check with the local Better Business Bureau and ask your family or friends for recommendations. Check out their Facebook and google reviews to make sure they have recent reviews. So many times we do this, and will choose to NOT bring cars to these shops. They really help!
When it comes time to begin the repairs, get an estimate in writing. A quality repair shop will be able to provide this information and should also be able to assure you that the repairs will not exceed 10% of a specific dollar amount as outlined in the estimate.
The aforementioned steps will help to keep your car running smoothly and may also keep some extra bucks in your wallet. With the cost of gasoline prices these days, a few extra dollars can go along way.
Automatic car alarms are being developed to reduce car theft numbers. These automatic car alarms alter the owner when a vehicle is stolen, and sometimes work with two-way communication systems to return a signal that will incapacitate the car and thwart the robbery attempt but cutting off the fuel delivery to the engine.
This is particularly helpful when the car owner is away from the vehicle and therefore unable to hear an audible alarm. With a traditional car alarm (just ringing), a person out of town without their car may not know for days or even weeks that the alarm was activated. An automatic car alarm will dial a predetermined phone number or even send a text message at the time of alarm activation, to immediately inform the owner of trouble. Some of the systems are so sensitive that the owner is not only informed that the alarm detonated, but the action is specified to let the owner know whether the car was just bumped or is moving.
The automatic car alarm allows two-way transmission of messages, enabling a remote signal to stop the fuel supply to the car in motion. Unless the vehicle is on the back of a tow truck or otherwise moving without being driven, stopping the fuel supply will stop the vehicle, and often curtail a robbery in progress. Many automatic car alarm systems include a GPS component, for tracking the vehicle's location however it is transported.
This fuel cut-off can also be activated from within the vehicle, allowing a carjack victim to surreptitiously cut off the gas and apply the brakes to stop a carjack from being completed. This functionality means that a person who might have otherwise been helpless in this situation can now play an active role in protecting themselves against carjacking. This feature of some automatic car alarms is well placed to allow the victim access to the function without alerting the thief.
While some jokesters might see this fuel cutoff option as a practical joke opportunity, it should be taken seriously. The automatic car alarm notification often engages to inform law officials of a potential carjacking, which would make the joke entirely unfunny. It's important to remember that these systems are designed and intended to quickly notify of potential theft and possible life-threatening situations. For more info see http://www.bestcaralarmreviews.com/Car_Alarms on Car Alarms.
Whether the automatic car alarm directly informs the police of your vehicle's status, or contacts you for you to call the police, remember that apprehending a car thief is much better handled by law enforcement officials. It might be tempting to try to intercede on your own behalf, but please leave it in the hands of the officials trained to handle the situation.
When you buy your next car from Great City Cars, we can offer a few locations that can install many different types of alarms for you.
Easy and cheap ways to save fuel and money while driving and buying gas.
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A lot of the things you can do to save fuel are easy and free. When was the last time you checked your tires to see if they were inflated to the correct pressure? Under inflated tires are one of the main causes of excess fuel consumption. It's easy to check your tire pressures daily with a
cheap tire pressure gauge; if you don't know how asks your local garage mechanic to show you (A free beer works wonders).
When you buy your fuel can have an effect on what you get. Gas is sold by volume and as we all know from school, liquids expand when warm, so if you buy your gas at the hottest part of the day you will get less than if you buy when it is cold. So the logical time to buy your gas is just before dawn (Who's Dawn?) when it's coldest.
With 24 hour shopping it would make sense to do your weekly shop while others are asleep and fill up your tank at the same time. The roads will be quieter so less traffic to get stuck behind and waste fuel. There are various (free) websites and apps that will tell you the cheapest gas prices in your area.
How about just washing your car. It causes less drag, ... Honestly. Why do you think that swimmers shave their heads (i.e. Duncan Goodhew)? Or what about those skin tight smooth figure hugging suits worn by downhill skiers? ( Just going for a cold shower). Make car washing fun, get all the family involved. Hose down the dog, hose down the kids. Hose down the whole neighbourhood. (If winter you may ignore this one)
Sitting at the lights revving the engine may impress the boy racers but it uses gas. Rev the engine 15 times and you use enough fuel to travel one mile. Remember this next time you have to push your car to the gas station. Is your car due for a service? (I know a good priest who can give the last rites at a reasonable price). I know it costs money for servicing your car if you are unable to do it yourself. But the cost in extra fuel if your car is not running right is even more. (Blocked air filter, worn spark plugs, sticking brakes, etc.)
Best of all drive safely. Do not tailgate! if you do you will have to brake harder when the car in front does. Give some distance to the car in front. You will use your brakes less and still get there at the same time. Watch the traffic far ahead and try to read how they are going to act, if you see brake
lights up ahead you can react a bit sooner. If you are driving in the wet you can sometimes see the reflections of brake lights on the wet road surface. This allows you to slow down sooner and avoid harsh braking.
We hope these tips will help you stay safe on the roads!
According to the 2010 census, more than 112 million people drive or carpool to work daily. With all these people on the road, drivers need to take every precaution to ensure they arrive safely at their destinations. Here are some tips to heed in your travels.
For instance, to avoid the glare from overhead lights used by your passengers, consider a product such as the Autolite SpotGlo seat belt light source. This compact, battery-operated recessed light clips easily onto a passenger's seat belt and slides smoothly on the strap for desired positioning. It directs a powerful LED light source right where passengers need it, without distracting the driver.
No matter where you're headed, heed these suggestions to arrive safely at your destination. Happy travels! Great City Cars- The Best Buy here Pay Here car lot in Columbus!
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