Cars are complicated machines. They require upkeep and if you treat your car nicely, it can last you a very long time. Like most people, we bring our cars to mechanics or someone who knows the ins and outs of the mechanical beasts.
Knowing very little about cars can have major setbacks. It can cause us to miss small signals that have major consequences if ignored. Catching a small problem can save you a lot of money in the long run, especially if it turns into a big problem. Here are warning signs for you to take into account.
It’s not usual for your brakes to make a small sound here and there. Sometimes it’s just dirt or dust. If your brakes are smoking or even causing a smell, this could mean you left your emergency brake on, or your brakes are locked up. Pull over immediately in this situation and assess the problem before calling for help. A more serious noise would be a grinding sound which means you need brake pads as soon as possible, or a minor adjustment.
You Stop At the Gas Station More Frequently
With rising gas prices, the last thing you want to do is spend more money on filling up your car. If you aren’t making any changes with your driving habits, the fill-up routine should be consistent. If you notice your car is guzzling gas more than normal, check into it. It could be something as small as your tires could need extra air.
Bigger issues could be something like a gas leak, which could be incredibly dangerous. There should never be a scent of gasoline in your car, and this is a major sign to get your car looked at as soon as possible. Keeping up with your check-ups will prevent this major mishap.
The Car Is Hesitating to Turn On
You car should not have issues when turning it on. There could be a few issues that can impact how your engine turns over. If you out of gas, the car will not start. Also being low on gas in extremely cold weather can affect how the car starts also. If the engine is turning over at a very slow rate, this could be a sign you need a new battery. Have an expert look at your car, and help you install the battery. Otherwise you could be stuck with a hefty bill or you could get stranded somewhere while driving.
Angela Towne has learned the hard way of being irresponsible when keeping up with the maintenance of her past car. She now owns a much more luxurious car and is very particular about what high performance motor oil that shes uses with it.