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Feel, Hear, See, Smell 3b


When you have a problem with your car you detect it with one of your senses. Either you feel something wrong, hear something, see something or smell something wrong. This is one of a series of articles that will help you interpret what you are sensing and come up with some possible cause of the problem.
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» Part 1: Warning Lights
» Part 2: Warning Lights
» Part 3: Spots, Streaks
» Part 4: Spots, Streaks
» Part 5: Smoke
» Part 6: Tire Wear
» Part 7: Lights Not Working
» Part 8: Lights Not Working
» Part 9: Lights Not Working
» Part 10: Dome/Map Light
» Part 11: Body/Paint
» Part 12: Wiper Problems
 

Warning Lights And Gauges

  • The Brake Warning Light Stays On:
    All warning lamps light when you start the car. After the engine is running, all of these lights go off except the brake light. You try to turn the light off by playing with the parking brake, but the light remains on.

    Possible causes:
    1. The parking brake is not releasing completely: Release parking brake.

    2. The switch at the parking brake is bad: Replace parking brake switch.

    3. The brake fluid level is low: Refill brake fluid.

    4. There is a leak in the hydraulic brake system: Locate and repair brake leak.

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  • A Warning Light Never Comes On:
    All warning lamps, except one, light when you start the car.

    Possible causes:
    1. Loose or disconnected electrical connector: Check and repair wiring and connectors.

    2. The sending unit for the warning light is faulty: Replace sending unit.

    3. The bulb is burned out: Replace bulb.

    4. The fuse for the circuit is bad: Replace fuse.

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  • A Warning Light Comes On While Driving:
    All warning lamps are off and then suddenly one or more comes on. You notice nothing different about how the engine is running. You may notice that the light or lights come on with an increase of speed. Normally this type of problem is evident occasionally and becomes more consistent as the problem gets worse.

    Possible causes:
    1. Loose or disconnected electrical connector: Check and repair wiring and connectors.

    2. The sending unit for the warning light is faulty: Replace sending unit.

    3. The engine's drive belts may be broken or slipping: Replace or tighten belts as required.

    4. There is a problem in the system monitored by the warning light: Correct problem in order to put out the lamp.

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  • Your Alternator Or Battery Light Comes On While Driving:
    If this light stays on regardless of how fast you run the engine, there is a problem. Sometimes a drive belt will squeal when the light is on. In most cases, this problem becomes more evident as the problem gets worse.

    Possible causes:
    1. Your alternator is bad: Replace alternator assembly.

    2. Your voltage regulator is bad: Replace voltage regulator.

    3. The drive belt for the alternator is loose or broken: Tighten or replace drive belt.

    4. There is a wiring problem in the charging circuit: check and repair wiring.

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  • Your Engine Or Oil Light Comes On While Driving:
    This may also be the Engine light. If this light stays on regardless of how fast you run the engine, there is a serious problem. Sometimes the light will come on when the engine is idling and go out when the engine's speed is increased.

    Possible causes:
    1. The engine has lost oil pressure or has low oil pressure: Repair or replace oil pump. Rebuild engine.

    2. The oil pressure sending unit is bad: Replace oil pressure sending unit.

    3. The engine is extremely low on oil: Refill oil with the proper type.

    4. The engine is overheating: Determine cause of overheating and repair.

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» Part 1       » Part 2       » Part 3       » Part 4
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Part 5       » Part 6       » Part 7       » Part 8
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Part 9       » Part 10     » Part 11      » Part 12
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