My Audi 5000 currently has over 96,000 miles on it. For some reason, it has been acting differently since I used it last week. Last night, I was surprised to find out that whenever I turn on the headlights, my vehicle would stop running. I tried replacing my bulbs with fresh ones, thinking they might be busted but nothing happened. What should I do?
This is a common problem among any types of vehicle. When your engine dies whenever you turn on your headlights, you may have an electrical short or a bad relay. You may consider consulting your owner's manual to help you locate the fuses. Check if all the fuses are still in good condition. If not, replace the old ones immediately. If there's no problem with the fuses, move on to the relays and check the headlight switch as well. Inspect them for signs of wearing out. If all else fails, check if your alternator is still working. The alternator is responsible for recycling the power from your car battery. When this part fails, it can cause your headlights to be problematic. You might need to bring your vehicle to your trusted mechanic to diagnose the problem correctly.
After driving cross-country last week, I've been having problems with my Audi 5000. Whenever I turn the climate control on, my vehicle's idle goes up. Should I be alarmed? What should I do?
Don't panic. There might be something wrong with your temperature sensor. Check the resistance of your temperature sensor, and move it around if you notice a change in idle. It can also be due to leaky capacitors. Replace the leaking parts immediately to avoid worsening the damage. You may also check out the codes from the computer, and find out their meaning using your owner's manual. If you can't figure out why the climate control affects your vehicle's idle, you can always take your car to the mechanic.
I was on my way home yesterday when I experienced a problem starting my car. I cannot start it using a key. I tried to push it before turning it, but it just won't start. I checked my battery, and it is working fine. I think the key is no longer making a connection with the starter. What should I do?
This is not an unusual problem to car owners. When your vehicle won't turn on using your key, there might be a problem with the steering. The steering could be locked by the ignition lock with the front wheels turned aside or when one of the front wheels is pushed against a hard object. What you can do is to turn the steering wheel left and right while jiggling the ignition key to release the steering lock. If that won't work, then there might be a problem with the ignition lock or the key itself. These parts tend to wear out over time. You might want to try using a spare key. If all else fails, bring your vehicle to the repair shop.