If you don’t know much about fixing cars and there’s something wrong with your vehicle, your first thought is probably to take it to the mechanic. It’s not a bad idea because then you know it will be dealt with by a professional. However, it’s useful to know what a problem with your car could mean. That way you will know whether you can live with it, if it’s safe to drive or if it needs fixing. After all, you don’t want to find yourself stuck at the side of the road because you underestimated an issue with your car. Here you’ll find some of the most common signs that something is wrong.
Do you think there is a problem with your suspension? You will usually notice this as you turn a corner in your car. The vehicle will feel as though it is lurching around the road. It can be quite uncomfortable to experience. But there is a simple solution you can use to find out if your suspension is the issue. It’s called the bounce test. All you need to do is put your car in park. Then, “bounce” down on each side of the car. Wait and see how long it takes to stop bouncing. If it bounces more than three times, your suspension does have a problem. You will need to take it to a mechanic. It’s probably best not to try to fix this one yourself.
It seems a lot of people worry about the mechanics of a car and forget it’s meant to provide comfort. That’s why when you buy a second hand car you’ll often find the air con doesn’t work at all. It stopped working, and the previous owner never bothered to fix it. Obviously, a problem with the air con isn’t a particularly big issue. The car will still operate, and more importantly, it will still be safe. That said it could be a nightmare during the harsh weather months of the year. Is your car air con blowing warm air? It could just be a blockage. You should check it for a build up for any muck or leaves.
Squealing brakes are a funny problem. They could point to a serious problem and essentially mean that your brakes are no longer working. But there’s a good chance a mechanic will look at your brakes and find nothing wrong. The squealing is unexplained, but they will assure you it’s not a serious issue. You will usually find this with a second-hand car that has been in a lot of wars. However, the only way to find out is to get it checked out.
Lastly, if you smell anything burning in your car, it’s probably best not to wait. Take it to a car mechanic immediately and find out what the issue is. This usually points to a problem with your exhausts or your engine. Both are incredibly serious and need to be fixed ASAP.