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Tips That Will Tell You That Your Car Is In Trouble

Mar 13, 2008
It is easy to know that you could have a car problem if there are leaks underneath your car, or smoke coming from your car that is not normal exhaust. Noises that you've never heard before, or don't ever want to hear again are also good indicators of worrisome troubles under the hood. However, if your vehicle is giving you a more exciting or interesting ride than you are accustomed to, for instance : shaky, bumpy, rocky, or even a mild vibration is felt, then you should be aware of the possible problems that could cause these growing difficulties.

Any one of the following symptoms is a good reason for you to have your car taken in for service, or at least looked at by a person with an aptitude for automotive mechanics.

-> Bad brakes - The complications might be from worn out brake pads, or cables, or only a matter of being low on brake fluid.-> The light in your instrument panel indicating "brake trouble" is on.-> When you apply the brakes, the car pulls to one side.-> The brake pedal sinks to the floor when you depress it.-> Any type of noise is heard when you use the brakes.

-> Engine emergency - Any one of these issues could indicate a problem more serious than a minor nuisance.-> The engine light is on in your instrument panel.-> It is difficult to start the car.-> When idling, stopping, or turning, the vehicle stutters, or sounds rough.-> Trouble accelerating.-> The engine will not shut off.-> You seem to be using more gas, or oil.

-> Steering situation - Could be caused by a wheel alignment problem, or worn out steering components such as the ball joint, or the idler.-> When driving straight, the car wants to wander.-> The vehicle tends to pull to one side or the other.

-> Transmission trouble - Likely causes for these symptoms might be faulty components, or only a hose that became disconnected.-> Shifting gears is difficult, or the gear slips too easily.-> The car does not respond at all when you shift.-> The gears slip when you accelerate, the engine speeds up, but the car does not.

-> Ride and handling hazards - Quite a few concerns are covered by that one little phrase.-> Shock absorbers that are worn out can cause dangerous loss of control when taking corners.-> Damaged suspension components such as the springs cause undue wear on the tires.-> Tires that are not properly inflated can wear out the steering or suspension.-> Worn out springs caused by carrying too much weight in the vehicle.

Some of these issues are only a minor inconvenience, at first. Eventually, and inevitably however, the slight imperfection turns into a major malfunction. It is easier and less costly to repair a problem when it is first noticed. The longer the damage goes unchecked, the worse it gets.
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