Is my car broken?
One of the most important things any driver can do to ensure the long term health of their car is to take notice of any changes in the way their car runs. While most modern cars give some kind of indication of major system failures, often times expensive repairs can be avoided by finding potential failures before they occur. The key is to be proactive about anything out of the ordinary. Remember, if your car is doing something that it didn’t do the day it rolled off the showroom floor, something has gone wrong.
What do you see?
- Fluid dripping under your car
- Stains on the ground where you park
- Warning lights on your dashboard
- Unusual readings on the gauges
- Steam or smoke coming from under the hood or out of the tail pipe
What do you hear?
- Grinding / Roaring / Growling
- Clanging / Clunking / Tapping / Rattling / Popping
- Squealing / Squeaking / Screeching
- Hissing / Whistling
- Noise when turning or going over bumps
What do you smell?
- Sulfur or rotten eggs
- Burning rubber or oil
- Sweet smells
What do you feel?
- Vibrations especially when driving on smooth surfaces
- Steering wheel pulling or shimmying
- Steering wheel feels loose or hard to turn
- Air Conditioner not cold enough
- Heater not hot enough