Repairing your car can be a costly endeavor, especially the longer problems are allowed to sit and fester. Sometimes it may not be completely obvious that your car is in need of auto repairs or maintenance, and when a problem does make itself apparent, it can seem like it popped up out of nowhere. However, there are usually signs that indicate a problem is occurring or is imminent. Paying attention to the small signs your car is giving you can end up saving you a bunch of money down on the road on costly repairs and maintenance issues. So let’s explore some of the small signs that you may not have noticed before that indicate that it is time for your car to get repaired or tuned up.
One of the very first indications that your car is in need of repair or maintenance are new or strange sounds that occur while operating your car. A whining or squealing sounds that occurs when you brake, generally indicates the need for new brake pads. This is a minor maintenance job that needs to be performed regularly to keep your car running safely and smoothly. If you allow your brake pads to go untreated for too long, you may end up damaging your cars’ rotors and calipers too and end up with a very costly repair on your hands. If you hear a clunking or banging sound when driving your car, there may be a loose component somewhere. This is a sound that should not be ignored. Make a service appointment for your car as soon as possible because you don’t want to be driving your car when there are loose components moving around. You could do serious damage to your car and end up paying a fortune in repairs. If you’re hearing a new noise that your car has never made before, don’t wait to seek repairs. These issues will not go away on their own, and the longer you wait to address it the more serious and costly your problem will become.
This can be a hard thing to notice especially if the difference is small, but if your car is getting less mileage per gallon than it used to, you should bring it in for a service appointment and tune up. The more significant the drop in your fuel efficiency, the more serious your problem is. Engine operation, emissions efficiency, and wheel alignment could all be possible culprits behind a reduced fuel efficiency in your car. You don’t want to wait until you fail an emissions test, or your engine breaks down completely before you address this serious issue. You may not even notice other sounds, smells, etc, but if your car is drastically less efficient with fuel than it used to be bring it in. Your vehicle is a big interconnected system of moving parts. When one aspect of this system starts to go wrong it can have dire consequences for the rest of the car.
Use your nose! If you smell an odor while driving your car it is likely that you are in need of car repairs. The repairs could be minor or they could be major, but the longer you wait the worse the problem will get. Some of the more common odors you may smell from your car are a sweet sugary smell, a burning smell, or a rancid odor smell. If your odor is sweet and sugary smelling, you are most likely dealing with a coolant leak. This could be an issue with your radiator or other cooling components. The bottom line is that you don’t want to leave this untreated. Without proper cooling mechanisms your engine will overheat and get damaged costing you a lot more than your initial coolant leak would have. A burning smell is, you guessed it, indicative of something burning. Generally, it is a sign that you need to get your clutch repaired, but it could also be a problem with your engine, heater, or brakes. You should not drive your car if you smell something burning. Get immediate attention.
Your car requires a number of different fluids to make sure it is properly functioning. It is not normal to see fluid leaking from anywhere in your car. Even if the only thing leaking from your car is water, it is still a sign that you may have a larger problem on your hands. Leaks that are left untreated for a long enough period of time can do serious damage to your car, and make it unsafe to drive. If you spot a little leak, make an appointment to fix it. You will spend a lot less on minor leak repair than you will if you let the leak go on long enough to cause your car serious damage.
Hard to Start
Do you struggle to get your engine to turn over? Do you dread starting your car for fear you may not be able to? Chances are this problem is minor and easy to fix! Regular maintenance and tune-ups are a great way to avoid this problem. In all likelihood one of your spark plugs is dead, dying, or misfiring and your engine is having problems turning over as a result. It could also be a battery issue. Do you remember the last time you bought a battery for you car? If you answered no, chances are it is time you got a new battery. Both of these issues are simple fixes, and they’ll get your car running like new again. Don’t wait until your car won’t start to address these issues. You’ll have to tow your car to a shop and that will cost you more in the long run than just going in for a simple engine tune up.
At Eden Autos we encourage all of our valued customers to take the time to get familiar with their cars and how they work. Train yourself to spot the early signs, and you will never be blindsided by auto repairs ever again! We hope this blog brings value to your life and helps you spot potential repairs before they become too costly!