Don’t Ignore These Warning Signs

19 05 2010

Your car may be trying to tell you something.  In this economy, many people are putting off preventive maintenance services hoping to save a few dollars.  In theory that sounds good but if you put it off too long it could cause you a breakdown and a big repair bill. 

Tens of thousands of motorists annually are now putting off servicing their vehicles.  They end up stranded with some form of car trouble and admit that they were aware their vehicle was headed for trouble but just kept hoping it would hold out a little longer.  We don’t want that to happen to you so here are some of the more common signs of impending car trouble: 

  • Jiggling (surging) at certain speeds, intermittent stalling or rough idling of the engine
  • Squealing or scraping sound when you are moving or when you apply the brakes
  • Knocks or pings from the engine when you accelerate or climb a hill
  • Failure to start but the engine turns over, the engine cranks over longer than normal or slower before starting
  • You’re finding it necessary to add oil or other fluids between oil changes
  • A check engine or other warning signal lights up on the instrument panel (remember, a yellow warning light means it is okay to drive for a short distance, a red warning light means you should pull over as soon as it is safe to do so)
  • Your muffler is making a rumbling or hissing sound
  • The thumping or whining when driving down the road could be a tire or wheel bearing starting to fail.
  • The clicking of a worn CV joint when you make a tight turn
  • An engine that keeps chugging when you’ve turned off the ignition
  • Moisture or antifreeze odor detected inside the car
  • You see fluid spots when you back out of your parking spot

If you experience any of these warning signs, call your car care provider and get it taken care of before it becomes a major repair.  We recommend a monthly check of the tire pressure and under hood fluids.  A call now will save you time and money.

Happy  Motoring!

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