My Routan's ABS light stays on, and I could not get my car started. How do I deal with this?
A turned on ABS light indicates one of the components of the anti-lock brake system is defective. While the ABS system is composed of various components, proper diagnosis is required to be able to identify which part needs repair or replacement. You can actually do your personal evaluation if you are knowledgeable about cars. First, check your emergency brake. Push the emergency trigger down and move it up again to see if the ABS light turns off. It could be that the release lever just didn't go down far enough. But if this does not solve the problem, go take a look at your brake fluid reservoir levels. A low brake fluid level is dangerous as it could make you lose pressure when stepping on your brakes. Next to check is the hydraulic circuit for any loose or broken parts. But to be sure and safe, it is always best to have the problem evaluated by none other than a professional.
The window glass on the driver's side of my Routan dropped inside, and it would not budge despite trying so hard to pull it up. Now I'm afraid it would suddenly rain while I'm out driving, and I could not roll it up. What should I do?
Older cars normally have misaligned windows, which could either get stuck or have difficulty rolling up or down. For modern cars, windows are controlled by complex electrical systems and not just the simple adhesive that keeps the windows elastic and smoothly operating. You would have to remove the door panel to be able to see which latches, rotors, or screws are loose, broken, or need replacement. It could also be that the latches, rotors, or screws just need lubrication. You would never know unless you take off the door panel to be able to see inside. This is best resolved, of course, with the help of a professional.
I've been hearing this noise while driving. My husband told me I should get my wheel bearings checked. How do I know they are actually worn out and need replacement?
The wheel bearing supports the vehicle's weight and at the same time keeps certain that the radial is aligned with the axle. However, due to everyday circumstances, there are chances when the rotor pushes the caliper pistons into the bores, which eventually drag against the pad. This is when you start hearing a soft metallic sound while driving. You would need to remove the wheel bearings for inspection since telling it is already worn out would only be possible upon closer look. The International Automotive Technicians Network suggests that a worn-out wheel bearing may be diagnosed by means of touching the wheel's coil spring and spinning the wheel. Also, a bad wheel bearing is one that has lost its polished and cross-hatched surface. Hence, you would need the help of a professional technician for this.