Even though we take them for granted, cars are complex machines that can malfunction at any given time. From brakes breaking to engines overheating, there are a lot of things you need to pay attention to.
Fortunately, most warning signs for car trouble are pretty straightforward. You'll find the five most common warning signs your car can give you down below.
1. The lights are on - but not the ones you can turn off
The lights behind your driving wheel aren't there for fun and games, they are literal warning signs you should pay attention to.
You're probably used to the lights that let you know when you're running out of gas. Or the one that advises you to put on your seatbelt. Those are rather common.
Other lights warn you about tire pressure, engine issues, and other things. If you have one of them on, check your car's manual to understand what they mean. And get the problem fixed.
2. The brakes sound like they need a break
If you're having a hard time stopping your car (or if you hear horrible screeching sounds when you're trying to stop), something is wrong.
And you shouldn't ignore these screeching sounds! Although, most of the time, they are hard to ignore. Keep in mind there are few things more important in a car than the brakes.
Your brakes are essential because, you know, they prevent you from driving into things at 100 mph.
3. Plenty of smoke but no fire
Smoke could come from one of two places: your exhaust and your engine.
Smoke coming from your engine is a dead giveaway that something is wrong. That's a pretty straightforward sign that your engine is overheating - and you need to stop driving immediately.
When it comes to your car exhaust, things are different. There should be a little smoke coming out of it. It shouldn't be dense, black, or too much - those are warning signs.
Keep in mind fire coming from your car is a warning sign too. An important one.
4. Weird noises coming from your car (that aren't your teenage nephew's favorite songs)
When you're driving, you should only hear your engine and listen to your music. Any other noise or sound means something is wrong. Especially if a teenage kid took over the stereo.
Ticking, clunking, or any other similar sounds are warning signs. They are like little alarms that tell you it's time to do a check-up.
Weird sounds could mean any number of things, your safest bet is taking your car to the mechanic right away.
5. Shifting gears turns your car into an angry machine
Shifting gears should feel like a smooth transition, one that needs no effort and makes no weird sounds.
Whether you're driving automatic or manual (and feel like you're better than everyone else), you need to take good care of your transmission; it shouldn't be tough to use, slip in and out of place, or make clicking sounds. Otherwise, your car is in dire need of a check-up.
If it were up to us, we'd love that you overlook these warning signs - soon enough, we'll get to tow your car and get paid! But we also want that you take good care of your vehicle, that's why we're trying to help.
We can also help you if you didn't know there was something wrong with your car and need a pick-me-up. Contact us for more information on our towing services.