When something is wrong with your vehicle, it’s always best to have a professional look at it. You can help yourself to avoid getting swindled if you have a general idea of what might be wrong before you take it to the shop. Check out these common car complaints and what they could mean.
Smells: A funny smell can be a tell-tale sign that something isn’t quite right with your car. Some smells are very recognizable and usually indicate a specific problem. The smell of maple syrup usually indicates that coolant is leakingÂ somewhere, and the smell of sweaty gym socks means mildew in your air conditioningÂ evaporator. A sulphur smell can signal a problem with your transmission or with your catalytic converter. If you smell burning paper, your clutch likely needs replaced, and burnt carpet odour is a sign of overheated brakes. If anything in your car doesn’t smell as it should, trust your nose and give it a closer look.
Sounds: The source of unusual noises from a car is usuallyÂ more difficult to ascertain, but can be one of the most common reasons that drivers bringÂ their cars into a shop. A sudden change in the sound of your car might signal something minor, but itÂ could be a sign of a more serious issue. For example, a knocking sound deep in your engine may mean your rod bearings are worn and could fail. This is a major concern, and if you hear these types of sounds you should cease driving your car until the problem is properly diagnosed and repaired. A clicking or tapping sound could be indicative of another worn out part, or simply a sign that your oil is getting low. Squealing, rattling, or whining may be an issue with a belt, and a deep grinding noise that sounds like it is coming from your engine is probably actuallyÂ coming from your brakes.
Driving Sensations: Another easily recognizable indication of a car problem is a change in the way the car feels when you drive it. Car shaking or vibration is a common problem, and is usually easier to diagnose than a sound. A car shaking at higher speeds could be a bent axle or a worn CV joint. A loose or flat tire can lead to sudden vibrations whichÂ should be checked immediately, if you notice that your car is shaking at any speed. A car shaking while idling is usually a sign of a problem with the engine mounts or radiator fan, and shaking combined with a loud noise could mean your drive train or transmission is going bad. These are all pretty dangerous issues; so it might be more cost-effectiveÂ to sell your scrap car to Cars Equal Cash.
If you notice any of these problems, first look for obvious answers, such as leaking or low fluids andÂ loose/flat tires. The solution could be as simple as replacing your oil or changing a tire. If you can’t figure out the solution on your own, it is always saferÂ to keep your car off the roadÂ until you can getÂ it checked out by a professional – or sell it to us!