By Craig on March 08, 2018
It's an art. It's a science. But it's mainly expensive when your car doesn't run properly. That's why it's great to know enough about your car to stop a small problem from becoming a big bill. You may need to add oil to the engine, add air to your tires, or top off the antifreeze to keep your car on the road and not in the repair shop. However, when the motor won't turn over or black smoke is coming from the hood, it's time to pull over and call a tow truck or "Triple A".
Knowing the meaning of different icons when they flash on your dashboard can help you eliminate some likely issues. Usually you can categorize the situation by electrical problems, tires/alignment problems, or hose and fluid problems. However, there can be problems with the dashboard icons themselves remaining lit even though your mechanic has fixed the problem! Don't worry, sometimes even good mechanics forget to reset the dash board. Also, in many modern cars, a loose gas cap will not only cause you to lose gas through evaporation, but it often can cause the 'check engine' light to flash. So, it's not always a disaster when an icon flashes on your dash, but it always is smart to be prepared with a little auto know=how. You can start that preparation right now by taking this quiz and learning what you should check first when you have car trouble. Happy driving!