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.
Is there anything more frustrating than running out of gas? Well, there sure is: a car battery going out!
You expect your car's battery to last - but, sometimes, it seems like it's not made to last for long. That's when you take out your jumper cables and get ready to work.
This 10-step guide will help you bring your battery back to life so you can get back on track. Let's get started!
1. Safety first
Jump starting a car is an easy, safe thing to do. You'll probably face no issues as long as you follow these simple guidelines:
2. Line them up
Time to get to work. You'll have to line up the cars; that way, it'll be easier to work with the cables on both sides.
You probably won't be able to move both cars (otherwise, you wouldn't be here), so make sure the second car lines up with yours.
Once that's out of the way, turn off the ignition and keep the handbrakes on.
3. Grab your cables and connect the red sides first
Pop the hood of both cars. Grab the red cable and connect one end to your battery's positive side. It should be the color red.
Do the same thing with the second's car battery, using the other end and placing it on that battery's positive side.
Simply put, connect both positive (red) parts of the batteries. Easy!
4. Do something similar with the black ones second
Once the reds are ready, grab the black cable and connect it to the battery's negative terminal of the second card. You should always do this first before moving forward.
Now, pay attention! You don't have to connect the other end of the cable to your battery's negative terminal. This isn't like the red cable part.
You're supposed to connect it to an earthing point (for example, your car's chassis) far away from your battery and fuel system.
Once again: the black cable connects with the battery's negative terminal of the second car. The other end goes to an earthing point, not your battery.
5. Start your friend's car first
Everything is connected! Wait for three to five minutes before you move forward. Now the fun part begins: start your friend's car first; then, wait for a minute or two.
6. Then, start your car
Your friend's car has been running for a good minute now. That means it's time to start your car. You're almost there!
7. Let them run - but make sure they stay in place!
With both engines running, let them go for a good ten minutes. You don't have to do much, now is the time for the cars to do the work.
8. Turn off the cars
After ten minutes have gone by, it's time to see if it all worked. It probably did! But, before you check, make sure you disconnect everything the right way. So, turn off the cars and...
9. Disconnect and try it out
Disconnect the black cable first and then the red cable. You should do it in reverse as you did before.
The right order is:
10. Give us a call
Still stuck? Sometimes, you won't be able to bring your battery back to life - but we will take care of your trouble! Contact us and we will get you going in way less than ten steps!