Last Updated on July 13, 2016 by Jasper Austin
We’ve all been there. You’re happily driving down the highway and then, suddenly, something unusual happens. Your wheels start making a funny noise, or your steering wheel feels different. It’s unusual, but you don’t worry about it. After all, your car hasn’t let you down this far. But as you carry on, you notice that the problem just doesn’t go away. Eventually, it’s impossible to ignore. Finally, you pull over to the side of the road and realize your car is a wreck.
If you’re honest with yourself, you could have seen it coming. There were warning signs before you even set off that something wasn’t right. And if you’d gone straight to the mechanic you wouldn’t be in the mess you’re in now. Here are six circumstances when you absolutely must visit a mechanic.
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You probably know how many miles to the gallon your car will do. Perhaps thirty – maybe fifty. But if you notice this number falling dramatically, it’s a sure sign that something isn’t right in the engine. It could be something as simple as low oil levels. Or it could be that you’ve got a gas leak. Whatever it is, it’s a symptom that tells you that you should go and visit the mechanic.
Slow Changing Gears
You gear changes should be swift and crisp, even if you have an older car. If they’re not, it could be that you have a transmission problem. As pointed out by www.trannyman.net, www.trannyman.net/repair/ it’s best to deal with it quickly. If your gear changes are slow, or you hear strange noises between shifts, it’s time to visit the repair shop.
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We’ve all seen cars belching out thick, black smoke as they accelerate. It’s a sign that their engines aren’t working how they should be. Usually, it means that their O2 sensors are clogged. But if the smell is pungent and eggy, it could be the catalytic converter is blocked. Either of these problems requires the quick attention of a mechanic. Otherwise, they’ll cause damage to your car’s internals over time.
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Leaking fluid is a common problem for older cars. And it’s something that’s best observed after your vehicle has been sitting in its parking spot overnight. Leaking fluids are usually a sign that there’s something wrong. So if you see a telltale patch on the ground, book yourself a service.
All cars shake as little bit as they drive along the road. But often while driving, things can shake loose and get out of control. For example, the heat shielding under your car can break away and cause noise while driving. Sort this problem out quickly before it has other knock-on effects.
Improper wheel alignment can also cause rattling. And if wheel alignment isn’t resolved quickly, it can lead to uneven wear on tyre and tyre failure.
Finally, if the steering wheel is difficult to turn, it’s probably a sign of low power steering fluid.
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