Due to my questionable skills at maintaining cars that leak more than the Exxon Valdez, I was surprised when a reader (my sister) recently emailed me asking for advice about her car. Not being an ASE certified mechanic (which requires two years of full-time experience & difficult testing) I only offered a few suggestions as to what the problem might have been. What would you have said?
Over Memorial Day weekend I accelerated to join the flow of traffic on the outerbelt. As I continued on my way, I noticed that the brake light on my dash board had lit up. This concerned me, so I glanced at my emergency brake to make sure someone hadn’t pulled it up (they hadn’t). Next I tapped the regular brake pedal to see if it might do any good (it didn’t). Eventually, the light turned off before I returned home. However, every so often the brake light on the dash glows red again. Should I be concerned? Perhaps it is just a loose fuse?Guess away, shade tree mechanics.