I just gave my Saab Sonett a new set of headlights, but now the lights are gone. What could be the problem?
If your headlights are new, there's a very big possibility that they are not busted, and something else is causing the problem. In order to know the real culprit, you have to trace right from the headlight and down to the very source of the power. And that means checking the wires, the connections, and the battery.
Experiencing hard startup can be an indication of a problematic battery, and this could possibly be the reason why the headlights are not getting the electricity it requires to get powered. However, if you're able to turn the engine on and actually drive, this means that the battery is okay. You have to look into the other electrical parts now, including the wires. Check whether there is a loose connection. A car electrician may be needed for this task and for checking the rest of the connections so as to avert any similar problems in the near future.
I noticed that my brakes are squealing. Could it be due to overly tight adjustment?
Notice that sounds are created by vibrations produced by gaseous, liquid, and solid media. Depending on the type of sound created, you will get an idea about what causes it and where it's coming from. As you know, the brakes normally produce squealing due to sudden braking. However, any noise coming from the brakes under normal braking, much like those that come from the engine, transmission, and differential systems, indicates a problem.
Overly tight adjustment affects braking, but it is indicated by too little pressure needed to apply on the pedal in order to make contact. It also affects the suspension system, resulting in high-risk leaning and pitching. Squealing or squeaking brakes are either due to dirt in between the brake pads and brake drum. Overly worn brake pads also cause them. The absence of the pads allows metal-to-metal contact, thus producing that abnormal noise.
What are some ways to best care for my carpet? It means a lot to me to keep it looking new and smelling nice.
Dirt, food, drinks, grease, and mud make the carpet icky and smelly. UV rays, constant rubbing, and mileage result in fading and fraying. Any of which will impact the value of your Saab Sonett, the comfort you experience, and the satisfaction of having a well-kept classic car. It is only right then to diligently have the carpet and the rest of the upholstery cleaned on a regular manner. Any dust and food crumbs must be vacuumed as soon as possible. Dry the area with which any liquid got spilled on. Clean away mud and grease before they set. When removing the latter, make sure to use mild cleaning products in order to prevent early deterioration.
If cleaning proves difficult and time consuming for you, opt for adding rugs or mats. They will provide a layer of protection by catching the unwanted elements before reaching the carpet. Making sure that the weatherstrippings are air tight should also keep rain water and moisture at bay.