Things That Shake and Things That Flash The days are getting longer, it is March and that feeling of spring is in the air! However, there is still the potential for more snow and cold days. So lets look at some of the issues that we can be experiencing with our cars during these cold days. Your driving down one of our paved roadways and all of a sudden the whole car begins to shake, the steering wheel is vibrating in your hands and you think your car is going to fall apart on you. Likely culprit, snow or mud packed in your wheels causing them to be unbalanced and producing the vibration and shaking. See if you can knock the snow or mud out of the rims or if you have a warm place you can bring your car into, you can let the warmth do it’s job and melt the snow. If all else fails, bring your car into Greensboro Garage and they can take care of it for you. Then there is the problem of all those lights that pop up on your dash board. Take for instance the Tire Pressure Monitor System light (TPMS). This system monitors the air pressure in your tire and when there is a drop in pressure the light comes on. In winter, cold temperatures cause the air in your tires to condense taking up less space. This makes the TPMS think that there is not enough air in the tire and the light on your dash board comes on in the morning when you start your car. As the tire warms and the air expands, the TMPS system senses a correct tire pressure and the light will go out. Even if the TPMS light goes off, it is a good idea to check the air in all your tires. Another one of those flashing lights is the Traction Control System (TCS). Since about 2012 all cars and trucks are equipped with traction control. The TCS works with the Antilock Brake System (ABS) by using the same wheel speed sensors. These sensors pick up any tire slippage as the car accelerates or when hitting those icy patches. If the car begins to lose traction, the sensors detect if one wheel is spinning faster than another wheel and will reduce the power and/or apply the brake to the wheel that is slipping. This then sends power to the other wheel that has more traction and you will see the TCS light on your dash flash to let you know the system is functioning. Vibrating cars and flashing lights may be a part of winter, however, the key is that if the car still shakes and the lights do not go out, it is time to bring your car into Greensboro Garage to have them do a thorough check over. Stay safe out there, spring is just around the corner!