Problems! Problems!

Bought my 1998 Toyota Avalon XLS (Soft Top/Special Edition) with 45,000 miles 11 years ago; did well and still hanging on. Recently, started

  1. leaking when it rains heavily where the windshield meets the soft top;
    2.the engine light stays on and goes off when battery cables are adjusted and comes back on.
  2. Now a clanking sound when drive at slow rate of speed-35 mph

Trying to stay away from car payments, but also from expensive repairs. Car otherwise well maintained. What could be the possible issues and what do you recommend. Thanks.

  1. Take the car to a body shop and have them fix the seal or top. Probably not a huge deal.
  2. Take it to a mechanic and have them connect a code reader and diagnose the issue. It may be a grounding issue.
  3. Take it to a mechanic. This could be a loose heat shield rattling or something wrong with the suspension/steering. If you don’t know what this is, consider it a potential major safety issue until you find out. Take it in soon.

For suggestion 2 - call your local auto parts store, many will hook up a code reader for free. Make sure your gas cap is on securely (turn till it clicks several times).