In the 2000 Toyota Avalon, the year is 2002, not because the Chamber of Secrets came out, Avril Lavigne entered the music scene or the camera phone became mainstream, During our first Sunday lunch of the year last month, my father-in-law walked up to my husband and I, eager to tell a story—a rare occurrence, since the men in my husband’s family, including my husband, don’t talk much. When he got into his 2000 Avalon on New Year’s Day earlier that week, he said, it wasn’t Jan. 1, 2019, or even the 21st century. Instead, it was Jan. 1, 1999, exactly one year before the start of the model year his car belonged to. After clicking through the settings a few times to see if the car would magically decide 2019 existed, my father-in-law finally accepted his new reality. Because the 2000 Avalon shows days of the week on the dash in an effort to look fancy, he found a year with matching weekdays and warped back to 2002. We later walked up to his car, which he … [Read more...] about A Design Quirk on the 2000 Toyota Avalon Means the Car Won’t Acknowledge That 2019 Exists
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Every truly crappy day begins with a car that won’t start. We’ve seen it in the movies, we’ve read it in books, and that’s just how it is. So here are some simple steps you can take to nip that crappy day in the bud. Let’s figure out why the heck your car won’t run! This story originally ran on July 16, 2015 and is being featured again for the Jalopnik Christmas Evergreen Bonanza. The other day a friend called me up and told me his car turned over but wouldn’t start. “No problem, I’ll be right over,” I told him. Why was I so confident? Because, even when there are no fault codes to read, there are still only a few ingredients needed to get a car running, and figuring out which is missing is usually quite simple. The four main elements needed for a running engine are: spark, air, fuel, and compression. Let’s walk through the steps we took to get his car running. Remember, these are just the basics, and while these … [Read more...] about Here’s How You Diagnose An Engine That Won’t Start
If one day, you ever found that your Mercedes won’t start, don’t fret! Some of the common car problems may be the culprits. Before calling your service center or mechanic, you might want to have an idea what is wrong with your car first. That way, you will be able to evaluate whether or not you can fix the problem yourself, or you will at least know the kind of repair or maintenance that your car needs. Look for the Indicators You can easily find out what’s wrong with your Mercedes through the indicator lights on its dashboard. Watch out if the Check Engine Light, Battery Light or Gas Light are on. If the Check Engine Light is on, the malfunction most likely comes from the engine management system, fuel injection system, exhaust system, ignition system or fuel system. Meanwhile, if it’s the Battery Light, you might have a faulty alternator, torn poly-V-belt or electronic malfunction. Lastly, if the Gas Light is lit, you probably have an empty fuel tank or … [Read more...] about Help, My Mercedes Won’t Start!
CAR makers who try to cheat diesel pollution tests can now be fined €30,000 (£26,000) per car, under tough new laws. The EU is introducing fresh legislation to crack down on dodgy results following the 2015 VW Dieselgate scandal. Volkswagen faced no financial penalty in Europe for installing "defeat devices" and owners were left without compensation. But under these laws, with 8.5million cars across the EU recalled, the German giant could've been liable for a £225billion fine. New rules, approved by Members of the European Parliament, also include check-ups on cars already on sale to make sure they meet real-world emissions targets. Authorities will also be able to conduct spot checks on type approval bodies to make sure cars aren't slipping through the net. Any cars caught cheating will be pulled from the road quickly, too, under a new recall structure. The legislation also requires independent garages be handed extra info for repairs and servicing to level … [Read more...] about New diesel laws to fine cheating car makers £26,000 PER CAR – but VW won’t be slapped with Dieselgate bill
Like the entire world, the car industry is also evolving. New systems are being invented or adapted for car use all the time and, whether we like it or not, this means that many features we are so used to will soon be history. The carmakers are doing all they can to draw attention to their models and technology has already reached an incredible level. Almost all of these systems are designed to make life inside the car easier or more pleasant and that’s why some things just had to go. For example, when was the last time you listened music from an audio CD instead of a flash drive or your iPhone or iPod? Or when was the last time you saw a car with a retractable (telescopic) antenna? Yes, it’s sad to see these go, especially for older drivers who grew up using them, but the new stuff is absolutely amazing. So let’s take a look at top ten features our children will think of as “antics” or will probably not even remember when they’ll be old enough to … [Read more...] about 10 Features We Won’t See on Tomorrow’s Cars