Diagnose Auto Problems

Exhaust Problems

How is exhausted created?


Primary parts of an exhaust system include the exhaust pipe, exhaust manifold, and a muffler, which lessens the noise that would otherwise come out of the tailpipe. A catalytic converter is an emissions control system that restricts the release of harmful emissions into the environment, and it is also part of the exhaust system.

Steering Problem

What do I need to know about the steering system?


The steering system is crucial to changing and controlling a vehicle?s direction. The most common types of car steering systems are rack-and-pinion and recirculating-ball steering. Rack-and-pinion converts rotational motion of the steering wheel into linear motion to turn the wheels and makes it easier with gear reduction. Used by trucks and some SUVs, recirculating-ball steering uses ball bearings that recirculate through the gear as it turns and reduces friction and wear in the gear.


Why is my steering wheel wobbling?


Problems like vibrating, wandering, wobbling, or pulling to one side could mean the steering linkage is loose. If the power steering fluid is low or empty, the vehicle may make a groaning sound. In addition, low fluid or problems with other components could make it difficult to steer the vehicle. If components are replaced, the system will need to be re-aligned.


What are my options?


The vehicle can either be taken to a local dealer or repair shop, or the owner may be able to repair some problems. Some websites offer free DIY instructions, while numerous automotive websites advertise repair services and sell parts. Other sites sell service repair manuals or how-to books.

 

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Cooling System Problems

How does the cooling system work?


Performing basic maintenance on a vehicle?s cooling system, before extreme weather conditions arrive, can save money and aggravation down the road. A vehicle?s cooling system keeps the engine from overheating by transferring heat to the air. It also helps to keep the engine at a constant temperature, and the thermostat helps to heat up the engine in a short time period.

Brake Pedal Sticks

How does a brake pedal work?


A braking system is a critical component of a vehicle, and the braking pedal assembly needs to be in good working order. Designed to control the speed of a vehicle by slowing down the momentum through friction, pushing down on the brake pedal is the control component that allows the driver to stop the vehicle.

Engine Stalls

What is an engine stall?


Whether the vehicle?s engine is idling or the vehicle is slowing down, a stall occurs when a vehicle?s engine stops turning. Although a check engine warning light may come on, the cause of the problem, or problems, may be difficult to diagnose since many electronic components are used simultaneously to operate the various systems.

Dead Car

What?s wrong with my car when it is completely dead?


If the vehicle is completely dead, the ignition switch doesn?t engage the starter by connecting the battery to the electric starter motor, and the engine won?t run. Narrowing down whether it is a starting, charging issue, or an ignition problem save time in the long run.

Car Stalls

What constitutes a stall?


A stall occurs when a vehicle?s engine stops turning, while idling or even on the highway. Since many electronic components are used simultaneously to operate the various systems, the cause can sometimes be difficult to diagnose.

Fuel Pump Problems

What is a fuel pump?


Like the human heart, a vehicle needs a fuel pump to survive. Usually located inside the fuel tank, a fuel pump delivers fuel to a carburetor or a fuel injector system.


What can happen to a fuel pump?


A fuel pump may not work correctly if dirt or rust particles get in the fuel line and/or if there?s a plugged fuel filter. Also, if a vehicle won?t start, and it?s not the battery, there?s a good chance that it?s the fuel pump, especially if the vehicle odometer is hovering in the 100,000 mile range. In some pumps immersion in gasoline is necessary for cooling, so keeping a gas tank on near empty too often may possibly shorten it?s life span.


What are my options?


The vehicle can either be taken to a local auto repair shop, or an owner may be able to diagnose and repair some problems. There are automotive websites that advertise auto repair services and parts. Others offer free DIY instructions online, and service manuals or how-to books can be purchased online.

 

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Air Conditioning Problems

How does a vehicle air conditioner work?


A vehicle air conditioning system provides cooling, heating, defrosting, demisting, air filtering and humidity control. Primary parts of the system consist of a compressor, evaporator, and a condenser. Compressed air is sent to the condenser, and the evaporator provides heat absorption.


What can happen to my vehicle's air conditioner?


If the vents are blowing out hot air or if the compressor is making a strange noise, there may be a bad shader valve or other component failure. This could mean a ruptured hose and a resultant oil or coolant leak. Also, if the vehicle is older, it may contain chlorofluorocarbons ( CFCs) and will need to be retrofitted.


What are my options?


The complexity of a computerized automatic temperature control may make DIY repairs difficult. If DIY isn?t an option, the vehicle can be taken to a dealer or an auto repair shop. There are numerous automotives websites that offer repair services, and others who explain how to repair and/or retrofit a vehicle?s air conditioning system, dependent on the make and model.

 

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Brake Problems

How do brakes work?


A braking system consists of a combination of interacting parts that work to slow a vehicle. Brakes use friction to transmit force to the tires, and tires also use friction to transmit that force to the road.

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