So you come out to start your car one morning and the Check Engine light on the dashboard comes on…and doesn’t go back off again. You can’t really notice any difference in the way the car runs and drives, but it’s on anyway.
What does it mean?
Since the late 80s, most engine functions have been controlled by a central drivetrain computer. This includes emissions controls, fuel metering and delivery, ignition timing, shift points and many other elements of drivability and performance. The drivetrain computer relies on information from a chain of sensors that monitor exhaust composition, camshaft position, throttle position and many other factors.
The voltage readings from any of these sensors are supposed to fall within a certain range. Whe ...[more]
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You may not know it, but the Car Care Council has declared April as Car Care Month. They set aside October and April to heighten awareness of car maintenance, with the winter or hot weather coming along right after those months. Here are some things to be aware of…
· Wipers: Even good-quality windshield wipers are only good for about a year before they start to wear out from normal use and the sun’s UV rays. If your wiper blades are starting to look cracked, chipped or are losing strips of rubber, go ahead and replace them.