Troubleshooting the car related problems is often not an easy task at all as the car engines are generally very complex in nature. However, it can always prove worthwhile to know about the exact car problems which are being faced, before taking the car to an automobile mechanic. Additionally, one can even save money if the car related problems are small and can be repaired easily without the help of a car mechanic. The various steps enlisted underneath outline the exact method of troubleshooting the car starter problems:

 

 

  • As with most of the car related problems, the first step is to always check if the car battery working correctly and is fully charged. For the same purpose, one can turn on the headlights and check whether they are working correctly and radiate adequate brightness. However, even if the headlights turn on and are of the usual brightness, the car battery is definitely not an issue at all.
  • It can also prove worthwhile to check the voltage level of the battery by using a voltmeter whose two leads are connected across the car battery terminals. The fully charged car battery will always give a reading of 12.5V, whereas a dead car battery will always read lesser than 11.8V.
  • The dimming of idiot lights should also occur when the car is started. Under normal conditions, it indicated that the ignition switch is functioning properly.
  • The next step is to find the car starter solenoid in the car engine, which consists of two post electrical connectors at its rear. Consequently, the transmission should be put in neutral in addition to putting the parking brake on.
  • A pair of the insulated pliers should be drag across the post terminals, after grasping the pliers by their rubber handle. The sparks would be consequently seen but the tool should be held in place until a fine connection is made between the two terminals. This step would effectively connect the car battery to starter motor and bypass the solenoid. It should be observed whether the starter motor starts spinning, but without starting the engine. However, if the car starter motor does not spin or shows some related problems, it needs to be replaced.
  • The last step for evaluating this type of car related problems is to return the car transmission to the neutral position in addition to turning the car parking brakes on. Once the preliminary steps are completed, one should notice the heavily braided wire, which connects the solenoid to the starter motor. Consequently, the positive lead from the voltmeter should be connected to the braided wire while grounding the negative lead at the same time. Subsequently, the ignition key should also be turned to start the car engine. Any other measurement on the voltmeter other than 12V would indicate that the solenoid isn’t activating properly and is thus not sending the requisite power to starter. The solenoid in this case is defective and requires removal and replacement.


  • It is not an uncommon situation wherein one often settles behind the wheels of the car, without really knowing the exact way to get to the destination. However, such scenarios have now become a thing of the past, owing to the Global Positioning System, which serves as a car navigation system. It can aid by showing as well as telling the driver about the possible routes to the desired destination. The products using the Global Positioning System rely on a number of satellites in order to determine the current location of the user. The various steps involved in selecting the best automobile navigation system are stated hereunder:
  • The first step involves deciding upon the frequency with which the car navigation system would be intended for usage. The inexpensive systems can be simply plugged into the cigarette lighter of the car and can even be small enough to be easily stored in the glove compartment. However, such systems are not generally recommended as they are not user-friendly.
  • It is also important to consider the car layout as a factor in deciding upon the right navigation system. Some of the systems also come with a small monitor which displays the map, and is generally installed onto the dashboard. It should be kept in mind that this installation might block the air vents or restrict passenger entry and exit from the vehicle.
  • A system which features numerous ways of getting to the destination should be preferably selected. The options which are included can be based upon the address, intersection, personal address book and location, all of which can be selected from the map.
  • The system should also preferentially give both the vocal and the graphical directions. Moreover, the systems maps displayed on the monitor should also have arrows which indicate the turning direction and the current position of the car with respect to the destination. Some of the other systems might also make use of the head unit and the radio, in order to show the street name, on which the car is travelling make a turn or on which the car is traveling.
  • Another desirable feature in the car navigation system is that should be inclusive of the data related to point of interest. Most of the Global Positioning System units nowadays include the locations of the airports, banks, restaurants and hotels, amongst a host of the other sites, which might be of interest to the user.
  • The car navigation system should also have the feature of updating the data related to point of interest from time to time. Installation time should be considered as a constraint only if one is working on a really tight budget. This is because the systems which rely on monitor-based maps are comparatively more complicated and might take a long time to install, in comparison with the other system types.
  • Once the various required specifications are identified for the Global Positioning System, the prices of the different available units should be compared. Most of the retailers also offer demo units inside the stores, which can be suitably tested before buying a product, which meets all the requirements to the maximum extent.

The procedure of changing a car battery may seem to be tough at the first glance, but it is something which can be done by most people, by just following a few simple steps. Indeed, the hardest part of the whole procedure is usually lifting the automobile batteries out of the car, after they have been disconnected. Moreover, that step is only difficult because of the automobile batteries, which are generally bulky in size, shape and weight. In addition, it should be noted that most of the automobile batteries come equipped with warranty periods of approximately sixty months. Thus, it can be a good idea to keep due track of the battery’s life as well as replace the same, before it causes one to be stranded in the middle of the road. The various steps involved in changing a car battery are stated hereunder:

• The first step of changing a car battery is to turn the engine off and popping the hood to determine the exact location of the battery. The black or the negative cable should be then detached from the car battery before loosening the terminal nuts using the combination wrench. Moreover, the battery pliers or the battery wrench should be used if possible, instead of the combination wrench.

• The battery cable should be twist as well as pulled up from the one end in order to loosen it. However, if it doesn’t part easily, it might prove more sensible to purchase the battery terminal puller tool from a local store of auto parts. This step will not only help in preventing damage to the automobile batteries and their cables, but will also prove pivotal in averting the breakage of the battery terminals, which might occur if the screwdriver is utilized as a pry-bar.

• The positive or the red battery cable should be detached next from the car battery by using the aforementioned method. The combination wrench or the socket and ratchet should be also utilized in order to remove the hold-down clamp of the car battery.

• After the above steps are complete, the battery should be removed from the battery tray. As the batteries are often heavy and bulky, they should be grabbed from the bottom by making use of both hands. However, if the handle is present along with the car battery, it should be used whenever possible.

• Baking soda should be mixed with water, before utilizing the same for the removal of corrosion from the car battery tray as well as the battery hold-down clamp using a wire brush.

• The cable connectors of the battery should also be cleaned with the wire brush prior to placing the new car battery in the hold-down tray. It should also be consequently secured using the hold-down clamp. The terminal ends should also be sprayed with the anti-corrosion solution, if possible. The last step of changing a car battery is to re-attach as well as tighten the positive and the negative battery cables, before ensuring that all the cable connections are completely tight.