There's bluish smoke coming out of the tailpipe of my Chrysler 200 when it's warmed up. Is this bad?
While vehicles would sometimes emit white vapor due to condensation in the exhaust, the bluish smoke from the tailpipe isn't something you could just ignore. This could be a symptom of problems such as worn-out piston rings, faulty valve seals, or broken valve guides. When there's blue or gray smoke from the exhaust, these components should be checked to trace where the problem really lies. If you've already checked these parts and they're all ok or the bluish smoke still won't go away, don't just shrug off this problem. Have a professional take a look at your Chrysler to properly diagnose the issue.
Should you keep the gas tank level at least half full all the time? Why is this highly advised?
It doesn't have to be all the time, but you should at least make sure that the fuel level isn't too low or not always near the empty mark. Doing so will allow moisture to build up in the tank. Condensation in the tank can cause freezing, especially during winter. This will result in clogged fuel lines, which would make the vehicle hard to start and cause the engine to perform poorly. Aside from moisture in the tank, dirt and rust may also clog the fuel filter when the sediments collect. When the tank is low on gas most of the time, air can get into the pump, which would create heat since fuel helps cool the fuel pump motor. This can lead to the pump's accelerated or premature failure. Pump enough fuel into the gas tank to prevent these problems. It would be ideal if you'll keep the tank half full or at least there's more than enough fuel.
I can smell some gasoline on my Chrysler 200. Is this unusual? What does it mean?
If you smell some gasoline on your Chrysler, this could mean a gas leak. First thing you have to check is the gas tank. Usually, the gas leak can be traced along the fuel injector line. Also check the other parts of the fuel system. See if the hose is broken and leaking or if there's a fault fuel system part. You have to find out where the leak is coming from before you drive the vehicle. If this is left unchecked, this could easily turn into a fire hazard.
What should I do with a brake pedal that's too or firm? When I drove my Chrysler around the city, I noticed that the depressing the pedal is a bit hard. There's too much pressure, it seems. What should I do?
A brake pedal that's too firm can be blamed on a clogged brake line or a faulty brake booster due to a vacuum leak. The brake booster relies on the vacuum in able to make the brakes work with minimal effort from you. So if there's a vacuum, naturally, the brake booster won't work well. The brake pedal can be a bit hard, and it'll make it harder for you to operate the brakes. Check for a vacuum leak to see where this is coming from. You may also need to replace the booster if it's defective or malfunctioning. Apart from a vacuum leak in the system, an obstructed brake line is also another possible cause to look into. Rust or small debris could clog the brake line, and this may keep the brake fluid from flowing smoothly. As a result, the brake pedal can be harder to depress than usual. The clog should be removed. In case of a pinched or damaged brake line, it should be repaired or replaced.