It is important to keep up with the regular maintenance needs of your vehicle, but even when you do everything right, things can sometimes go wrong. The best thing you can do is know the signs that something is happening with your vehicle. Here are some signs to watch out for:
Although signals such as your check engine light could definitely mean there is an actual engine problem, this can also mean that there is something off with the electrical wiring that is causing lights to turn on unecessarily.
If your car is making a new noise, this is cause for concern. Squeaking or whistling can mean there is an issue with your brakes, while a dragging noise could mean something is detached in the undercarriage. If your car is getting increasingly louder, it might be time for a new muffler or exhaust.
Chugging or Shaking
Chugging can be a sign that something is wrong with your vehicle’s engine. It could also mean that an important oil or fluid is leaking or needs changing. Shaking could point to an issue with your tires, and also opens the possibility of an issue with the power steering.
When your car takes a couple of tries to get started, it could need a new starter/ignition. If the trouble starting is accompanied by the dimming of lights, your vehicle might also need a battery recharge, or a new one altogether.
Leaks & Puddles
Be sure to keep an eye on the ground where your regularly park your car to make sure that nothing is leaking. A bright green puddle under your vehicle probably means that you have a coolant leak, while dark brown means an oil leak. Water dripping under your car is no cause for concern, as this is typical for the air conditioning system.
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