Is the gas cap causing my car’s warning lights to go on?
John Paul, AAA Northeast’s Motor vehicle Medical professional, responses a query from a reader with fears about persistent warning lights.
Q. In February I bought a 2006 Lexus SC 430 with just more than 50,000 miles. My issue is with the vehicle security management light-weight and look at motor light-weight that hold popping up on the dash. Online data indicated it’s a gasoline cap issue and to just clean it. I have accomplished that, but the mild arrives back on just after a whilst. Is there a special way to clean the cap?
A. The initial phase would have any diagnostic codes browse to ascertain probable difficulties of both equally lights. The lights could be triggered for a single concern or various challenges. The car steadiness regulate mild commonly will illuminate if there is an concern with a wheel sensor. When the VSC light-weight is on, the technique shuts down, and while the automobile will behave ordinarily, you will shed the skid avoidance aspect of the motor vehicle. The normal test engine mild difficulty, even though it could be related to the fuel cap, is extra than possible an problem with the evaporative emissions system (the gasoline cap is aspect of that system). The light is generally activated by a faulty purge management valve. This system is most effective checked with a “smoke-check.” Synthetic smoke is pumped into the evaporative program and the technician seems to be for smoke leaking from various elements.
Q. I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla with 190,000 miles. The air conditioning has generally worked very well right up until now. When I am stopped or driving gradually in cease-and-go visitors, it blows lukewarm air. If I’m driving at common highway speeds, it performs good. I will point out that this previous 12 months I did have repairs to the car in the way of a new radiator and flush as very well as a transmission flush and starter replacement. I are not able to imagine that any of these repairs would have impacted the performance of the AC. What do you assume may perhaps be the trouble?
A. It is not likely that the do the job performed would have triggered any concerns with the air conditioner. Extra than likely there is a slight leak in the air conditioner program and the refrigerant level is low. At 17 several years old, it’s not uncommon for seals to begin to dry out and seep refrigerant, resulting in a lower charge. At this level the ideal factor to do is have the air conditioner tuned up. The technician will appear for leaks, examination AC overall performance, and examine refrigerant ranges. If the amount is low, the technician may possibly insert some refrigerant with both equally a dye (to verify for leaks) and a sealer which may well avoid or sluggish minimal leaks.
Q. For an electric powered car or truck, why can not the motor spin a belt that turns a generator that fees the battery? In fuel driven automobiles we have an alternator. Why not use it or a similar product in electrical cars?
A. The very simple remedy is that the vehicle would want a pretty massive generator, and the electricity required to turn the generator less than load would nonetheless consider additional out of the battery than it could set back again in. Electric powered cars and plugin hybrids do use regenerative braking which does increase some energy back to the battery, but not more than enough to entirely demand the battery, which is why these automobiles need to have to be plugged in. BMW’s electric powered i3 design can be outfitted with a tiny gasoline engine that powers a generator. This process maintains the demand degree of the substantial-voltage battery, so the motor vehicle can run on electricity. Ford with its F-150 hybrid pickup truck has an onboard generator that can make 240 volts at up to 7.2 kilowatts. This would be adequate to cost an electric car, but it is powered by a turbocharged V-6 motor. A startup motor vehicle manufacturer Aptera is promising an electrical car that can charge up to 40 miles of array, making use of the solar. For quite a few drivers this might remove plugging in.
John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Vehicle Doctor. He has about 40 years of experience in the automotive business enterprise and is an ASE-accredited master technician. E-mail your car question to [email protected] Listen to the Car Doctor podcast at johnfpaul.podbean.com.
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