Category: Articles & Commentaries

Discussions on topics of interest to drivers concerning things they may not understand about their vehicles as well as articles on the future of the auto industry.

Automotive Warning Lights: Multiple Light Syndrome

This has been a difficult topic to write about. My goal is always to explain an automotive issue so that an average driver can follow along and understand. But I have been over and over and over this article, and I’m still not sure if I’m conveying the message properly. We devoted an entire page …

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The Automotive Knowledge Gap

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According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, there are over 17,000 new car dealers in the U.S. and Canada. There is no data available on this next point, but dealers I’ve worked for currently average some 1,700 calls per year to the service department related to electronics issues. If the average holds across the industry, …

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Automotive Warning Light Anti-logic

We’ve taken thousands of calls in service departments over the years and there is nearly no end to the way drivers describe the various warning lights that pop up on their instrument panels. These, of course, are not car people, just average every day drivers trying to describe a symbol that was presumably designed to …

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All Those Lights on Your Dashboard: They’re Not for Idiots Anymore

In a simpler day, if your engine’s oil pressure dropped too low, your dashboard, or more properly, your instrument panel, would have had an analog oil pressure gauge displaying the pressure reading and a warning light – a red dot – that would come on to get your attention. Then some manufacturers did away with …

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The Single Most Misunderstood Warning Indicator on Your Instrument Panel – Part I

Have you seen this light on your instrument panel? What the heck does the symbol mean and what the heck do you do about it? It is the TPMS – Tire Pressure Monitoring System – indicator. And it is the single most misunderstood and maligned trouble light you will see on your instrument panel. A number …

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