I have just installed a new pair of headlights, but they don't seem to give out that bright light. Is there any way I can improve visibility?
Headlights become dim over time, thus it is necessary to have regular replacements. It's such a hassle, though, when you don't get the brightness you expect from your newly installed headlights. There are five possible reasons causing new headlights to emit dimmer light: low electric supply, loose connection, incorrect focus, hazy lenses, and substandard quality aftermarket headlights.
Low electric supply can be caused by a low-charging or over-loaded battery. If possible, avoid using too many electrical devices when driving at night so your headlights will get the required power. Low-charging battery, on the other hand, may be solved by ensuring correctly installed terminals, or having it checked by your trusted mechanic. Loose connection, indicated by blinking and dimming, simply needs tightening. Too low or too high beam requires readjustment to correct focus. Hazy lenses may need sanding and polishing in order to totally remove cloudiness.
How do I know that my Chrysler Laser already needs new spark plug?
Extended use of spark plug may pose ignition problems, basically due to the damage that could have accumulated through the length of its service. When you experience hard ignition for several days in a row, it's time to get a new spark plug that can efficiently ignite the fuel-and-air mixture in the combustion chamber. Regular inspection will allow you to anticipate for the oncoming replacement need, especially that spark plug problems become apparent only after 1,200 to 1,800 miles.
If the electrodes are already worn and rounded, you will notice that maximum engine power is hard to achieve, apart from hard startup and misfiring. Check for fouled spark plug by looking at the firing end for collected carbon because this causes power to leak through the carbon, resulting in startup problem. Also see whether it has accumulated deposits since it will lead to faulty pre-ignition and electrodes melting.
Does my car really need radiator flush? Why can't I just add coolant to maintain enough levels?
Radiator flush is a basic maintenance regimen designed to keep the cooling system in tip top shape. The procedure removes all solid deposits that have accumulated through time, freeing the cooling system from unwanted elements that can hinder efficient performance. It entails draining the radiator of coolant and changing the antifreeze. This way, the engine will again have a cooling system that can efficiently absorb, transfer, and dissipate the excess heat produced in the combustion chamber. The result is an engine that is able to provide the needed power without worrying about overheating. You may also replace any worn parts in the system in order to optimize the effect of a newly flushed radiator.
You can always do the easier way of simply adding coolant and antifreeze into the cooling system. But then again, it won't do away with the solid deposits that can clog the system. In due time, the unhealthy coolant will pose danger to the engine itself.