batteryYour battery light, along with many other lights on your dashboard, should illuminate for a few seconds when you first start your car. But if it doesn’t turn off, your battery may be about to die or you may have a problem with the charging system.

Other signs - including your dashboard clock resetting and dimming lights throughout the car – also support that one of these two areas may be having problems.

If your battery light turns on while you are driving, here are a few simple steps you should take:

tailpipeWhite smoke coming from your tailpipe usually means there is a major and costly repair coming your way.

The white smoke coming from your exhaust is normally the result of a problem with your head gasket, and coolant is leaking into one of the cylinders in your engine. That white smoke coming from your tailpipe is the coolant vaporizing.

When your engine is running, coolant surrounds the cylinders and keeps the units cool while the cylinders combust gasoline and air. Coolant should always stay on the outside of the cylinder so that it can keep the cylinder units cool without mixing with the combustion process.

carswayingIt is safe to believe that every driver wants to have full control of their vehicle when they are on the roadway. So when your vehicle starts to sway to the side for no apparent reason, it’s only natural for any driver concerned.

When your car begins to sway for no reason, there is a good chance your vehicle is probably out of alignment. The swaying is likely occurring because one tire is facing forward while the other is facing to the side. Even if one tire is only slightly out of alignment, it can feel as though you are driving on ice.

Oil lightThere are a number of lights on your dashboard that tell you what is going on inside your engine. If you notice that your oil light has come on, there is immediate reason to be concerned.

The first thing to do if your oil light comes on while you are driving is pull over and turn your engine off immediately. This light indicates that the oil pressure is low and oil is not being dispersed throughout your engine correctly. Your oil keeps important parts of your engine lubricated so that they can function properly. If these parts of your engine aren’t lubricated properly, you can possibly blow your engine.

carcheckApril is National Car Care Month, which means now is the perfect time to make sure your vehicle is running it best so you can enjoy all those spring and summer roads trips you have planned.

Winter can be especially hard on your vehicle, which is why it is important to make sure everything is running the way it should before you head out on any long excursion. There are a number of checks that you can easily perform on your vehicle:

  • Make sure all of the fluid levels in your vehicle
  • All headlights, brake lights and license plate lights should be fully functional
  • Make sure none of your belts are worn and need replaced
  • Front windshield wipers should be working at their best
  • Check the wear on your tire
  • Make sure your battery has plenty of life