What Your Car Is Trying To Tell You

by Troy Jones

For many drivers, hearing a new noise from the car is something to be concerned about. During spring, this is especially noticeable when you roll down the window for the first time.

You drive your car everyday. You know how it should handle. If you notice something amiss, and more than once, get it checked out. You may save yourself a lot of inconvenience and money in the long run. You and your mechanic need to be a team when it comes to the maintenance of your car. You however need to be the eyes and ears of the team.

Every so often pay attention when you're pulling your car out of a parking space. Find out if there's any fresh fluid. It's hard to tell sometimes due to the stains left from other cars. And your driveway? Do you see any new stains? If there are, find out the color of the fluid? Oil will be obvious since it will appear dark brown or black. Also fairly easy to recognize is antifreeze because it has yellow green color. Antifreeze odor is unmistakable. A reddish fluid could be transmission or power steering fluid.

What have you noticed about the handling of your car? It is pulling to one side when you stop? You may need a front end alignment. Keep a check on your tire pressure. Under inflated tires can cause lower gas mileage. To prevent wear, get your tires rotated on a regular basis.

Check if your breaks are squealing. You shouldn't let this problem go on and get to the mechanic as soon as possible. If you do continue to drive you may find yourself replacing worn rotors along with break pads. Rotors can be very expensive.

Check if your car is acting sluggish. Does it accelerate like it used to? It may be time for a tune up. Are you noticing a hesitation? May be the gas filter.

Every 3,000 miles, you need to have your oil changed. This is a very good rule for any car, new or old. When I bought my new Toyota truck twenty years ago the first thing my mechanic said was that if I kept the oil changed I'd "get at least 200,000 miles out of the engine". Well, fifteen years later I had 189,000 and the engine was still going strong. Unfortunately the frame was rusting, which was her ultimate demise.

Unlike cars manufactured 20 years ago, cars today are better and listening to what your car is trying to tell would have you worry free with your car for years.

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