What's Wrong With My Car or Truck- Free Auto Help

Here you can find answers to a specific problem you may be having with your car or truck.

Read articles that explain some common causes for problems in the areas listed below.

This list is always being added to, so check back again.

 

Subcategories

  • Vehicle Won't Start or Engine Noises

    Read articles related to common problems why your car or truck wont start. This section also explains some common engine noises and there possible causes.

  • Brakes Make Noise or Won't Stop Properly

    Descriptions of some common causes for brakes noises and poor braking performance.

  • Steering Problems

    Read about some of the common causes for regular or electric steering problems.

  • Front or Rear Suspension Problems

    Have a suspension problem on your car or truck? Read articles to help diagnose a problem.

  • Warning Light on the Dash. What Does it Mean?

    Today's cars and trucks have many lights that can come on the dash to warn the driver of a problem in a particular system. Many times when multiple lights are on, these can be related to the same problem.

    Computers "TALK" to each other. So, a problem in one system can affect one or more other systems. Sometimes this will cause a system to be dissabled and the warning light to come on, even though that system does not have a probem.

    A good example of this is that a problem in the ABS will usually cause the Traction Control to be dissabled. You may have an indicator that shows "TRAC Off". That does not neccesarily mean there is a fault in the Traction control function.

    Does your car or truck have a warning light or indicator on the dash. Find out what these lights mean, what to do next, possible causes and solutions.

  • Heater and A/C Problems

    Does your air conditioning blow warm? Does the heater stay cold? Is the drivers side dash vent temperature different from the passenger side temperature on A/C or heat? Read these articles.

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How Things Work

Does My Car Need A Front End Alignment?

Why should you get a front end alignment? Improper front end alignment is a major cause of premature tire wear. Over years of driving, a properly aligned vehicle can add thousands of miles to the life of your tires. Most tires are replaced because of premature wear caused by the front end being out of alignment. When the front end is line properly, this makes it easier for the car to roll. Read more...

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Code P0420 Catalytic Converter Failure

To control emissions of hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), and oxides of nitrogen (NOx), a three-way catalytic converter is used. The catalyst within the converter promotes a chemical reaction which oxidizes the HC and CO present in the exhaust gas, converting them into harmless water vapor and carbon dioxide. The catalyst also reduces NOx, converting the NOx to nitrogen.

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