I found a nail embedded in the tread of my front tire. What should I do about it?
Before you remove the nail, see to it that you have a usable spare tire just in case. The spare tire should be properly inflated. Pull out the nail slowly. If there's a hissing sound, push back the nail right away, so air won't escape fully. You may pour some soapy water on the hole to figure out if air is really escaping, which would be confirmed through the bubbles. If there's a leak due to the nail, there would be a change in air pressure. You may monitor the tire air pressure to see if inflation will drop. You can have the tire fixed using a patch for the small puncture. If there's still a leak, then it would be best to get a new tire.
I haven't driven my Ford F-500 for a while. I was about to take it out for a spin; however, when I popped the hood to check on oil and other stuff, I found a swollen battery case. What makes a car battery case swell?
The car battery may be exposed to extreme heat or cold. This makes the battery case bulge. The car battery can easily be discharged and may even freeze if the vehicle isn't used for a while during the colder months. When it freezes and swells due to high heat, the battery will be electrically dead. You would have to replace the auto battery since at this point, it can't be recovered anymore.
My vehicle suddenly won't start. What's the common cause of the no-start car problem?
There are numerous reasons why a vehicle suddenly won't start but perhaps the most common is a failing auto battery. That's why you normally start with the battery when troubleshooting this problem. You have to gauge the charge and strength of the auto battery. You can figure this out using a battery tester. You can also jump-start the vehicle. If this fixes the problem, you just have to change the battery. If the vehicle still won't start, then you'll have to dig deeper to find out the real cause. Take note of the symptoms to find out if this involves a faulty alternator or other worn-out components. With proper diagnosis, you can identify the best solution to this issue.
I tried to start the vehicle, but all I got is a clicking noise. The engine didn't crank successfully. What seems to be the problem here?
If the vehicle won't start and just makes a clicking sound, then it's probable that you have a dead or faulty battery. If you checked the battery and it's working just fine, then you'll have to inspect the wires running to and from the starter. There could be a loose connection somewhere.
Lately, I've been experiencing engine knocks/pings. What should I do?
If the engine knocks or pings, there are several things you'll have to do. You have to check the timing belt and determine the fuel's octane rating. It'll also help if you'll do a compression test on the vehicle's engine cylinders. This will help you pinpoint the cause of the problem.