We’ve all been in a situation where we get into our vehicle, start the engine, and something just doesn’t sound right. Sounds can tell you a lot about how well your car is functioning. The following are just some sounds to keep an ear out for: Leaking Air Stopped at a light, you hear a sound similar to that of air leaking out of a balloon. Typically, this sound indicates a problem with your exhaust manifold gasket. Make an appointment to have the gasket replaced as soon as possible. Not only can the continuous stream of hot gas eventually damage your car, it can also cause harmful effects to you in the form of carbon monoxide poisoning. Hissing You turn on the engine and suddenly it hits you. You hear a “ssssss” sound coming from under your hood. More likely than not, it is a leak
Most car problems are quiet common, and are experienced by many drivers every day. Fortunately, most of the common car problems are not very serious and can be viewed as early indicators of more serious problems in future, if ignored. Some of the problems can be repaired by car owners themselves while others should be addressed by experienced professionals. Engine Knock This is a common problem shared by many drivers. Many mechanics receive complaints of the engine producing a nagging, knocking sound. The most common cause of an engine knock is the presence of clearance between valve train components. This problem can be persistent. Avoid repairing an engine knock yourself; this problem should be addressed by qualified mechanics. Squeaky Brakes This is another common car problem. S...
A vehicle’s transmission is vital for engine performance and road safety. Normal wear and tear or improper maintenance can degrade the performance of a transmission. This loss of performance can eventually lead to failure. Automatic and manual transmissions have similar symptoms for a failing transmission. Here are a few signs that your transmission may be in need of an overhaul or replacement. Uncertainty in Gear Changes A slipping transmission is where the changes between gears is abrupt and change after several different RPM ratios. An automatic transmission will appear to idle high after going from 1st to 2nd gear. Subsequent gears may shift more rapidly. Coasting also becomes delayed when the foot is released from the accelerator. The car will appear to disengage and have difficul
Many drivers are pretty laid back when it comes to having the wiper blades changed on their cars. They consider that other systems are more important when it comes to repairs. The thing is, having a clean and clear windscreen is very important. If the glass is smeared or dirty it can reduce your visibility of the road. Opticians state that about 90% of the decisions we make when driving are due to seeing the road and surroundings around us. If the blades you have on your car at the moment are smearing or not clearing the water from the windscreen, it’s time to change them. It is recommended that they be changed every six months even if they are not used. When your car is parked, in wet weather they are still being damaged. Many people like to change their wiper blades when we change the c
Deferred maintenance on your car can cost you a lot. Neglected brakes can destroy the rotors, a leaking hose can cause your engine to overheat and a defective sensor can leave your car running on fewer cylinders than it should. Whether you drive a brand-new Suburban or are rocking your 19-year-old Oldsmobile, knowing when your car needs to go to the mechanic can save you a ton of money. Here are six signs you shouldn’t ignore. 1. Your Temperature Gauge is Climbing Unless your area is experiencing a heat wave and you’re driving up a lot of mountains, your temperature gauge should be around the same place all the time. If you notice it creeping up higher than normal for no discernible reason, it’s time to take it to the shop. There are many reasons why a car can overheat and the damage f