In this modern age, our cars are equipped with computer systems that let us know when there’s a problem. From low tires to the exact mileage before you run out of gas, newer vehicles are programmed to be smart. However, if you have an older car or if your vehicle’s sensors ever default, here are some common car issues and how to detect them.
Low or Flat Tires
If you puncture a tire, chances are you won’t know about it at first. Pay attention to how your car handles, and how the steering feels. If the vehicle pulls to one side or won’t turn with ease, you may have a tire problem. Some have described the sensation of driving with a low tire as feeling “spongey” or “soft.” Pay attention to any changes in how the vehicle feels and pull over as soon as you’re able to if something seems wrong.
An overheating engine is a serious problem, and not something to be ignored. Vehicles are equipped with temperature gauges specifically for this problem, but other signs to look for include ticking noises, burning or hot smells in the cabin, leaking coolant, and steam coming from the hood. Always stop immediately at the first sign of overheating. Driving your engine hot could completely destroy your vehicle in the long run, and it’s a huge safety hazard.
Leaks in the Exhaust or Fuel System
If you smell exhaust or gas in the cabin of your car, it could be a leak. Carbon monoxide is very dangerous and should never be taken lightly. Ensure the smell isn’t coming from the vehicle in front of you and pull over immediately to check your vehicle. Not only are the fumes toxic, but fuel leaks are a fire danger.
Functioning brakes are essential for safety. If your brakes are squeaking, groaning, or grinding, there might be an issue. Also, pay attention to any changes in braking. For example, if you feel like you’re having to push down harder on the brake to slow, that could indicate worn pads. Never put off fixing brake issues.
Pay attention when you’re on the road, not only to other drivers but to your own car and what it’s telling you. Safety is the top priority! From all of us here at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there!