4 Signs of Vehicle Trouble and How To Spot Them
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Whether your vehicle is old, brand new, or a properly maintained and reliable family car, you’re at high risk of having at least one of these symptoms over the period of your vehicle ownership.

If your vehicle sends warning signs that something is wrong, it’s crucial not to ignore them. An early repair is a proper approach, as is routine maintenance to help prevent these issues from occurring in the first place. 

1. Slow acceleration

You’ll always know when your car is being unusually sluggish, and it may be due to numerous reasons. It’s essential to make sure you’re using the proper fuel for your car. If the fuel you’re using has the lower octane grade that is recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer, you may experience poor performance in the short-term and engine failure in the long-term. 

Dirty air filters and bad fuel injectors can also lead to slow engine performance and may cause your transmission and engine to wear out. Insufficient tire-pressure, which causes higher rolling resistance of a tire, can make your vehicle sluggish and your vehicle’s steering less responsive. To avoid such problems, have your vehicle services timely for repair and diagnosis.  

2. Too much smoke from the exhaust

Excessive black-smoke emissions shouldn’t be ignored as they can occur due to various causes, some of which are minor and some are the major sources of concern. In a modern diesel car, excessive smoke from the exhaust may occur because of bad fuel combustion resulted from failing injectors of the exhaust system. This problem can also appear in older diesel vehicles. 

In petrol vehicles, black smoke from the exhaust may be due to too much fuel getting into the engine. This may be caused by dirty air cleaners, poor tuning, or failing electronic sensors. 

In severe cases, the blue-gray smoke from the tailpipe may indicate that the engine’s piston rings or cylinder bores are worn. Never hesitate to take your vehicle to the exhaust repair shop before additional damage occurs. 

3. Noisy or squeaky brakes

Properly functioning brakes are very important, but still, many drivers neglect them. Always pay attention to any strange sounds when braking. There are small metal tabs in some brake pads that may squeal when the pads are nearly worn out. If you hear this type of sound in your vehicle, it’s a clear sign that the pads should be replaced. 

If squealing is caused by worn brake shoes or pads, they may result in expensive damage to the drum or rotor. Squealing may also signal that your vehicle’s drum or rotor surface is defective. Don’t forget that driving with failing brakes is illegal, dangerous, and may result in additional damage to your car. Visit an auto repair for emergency diagnosis and repair.   

4. Difficulty starting

If you turn the key and nothing happens, or perhaps the starter motor only slightly cracks and refuses to fire up, there may be many causes. It may be due to an old battery that has loose connections or a weak dash and cranking lighting. If the dashboard and cranking lights are normal and the battery is fine, then further examination is necessary. 

Other reasons for difficulty starting your car may include failing ignition or fuel systems (low fuel pressure, bad spark plugs or leads) and electrical problems like failing sensors and blown fuses. Contact roadside assistance to check your car or have your vehicle towed to an auto repair.  

The bottom line

Regardless of your car’s condition, ensure that it’s properly maintained and serviced to avoid experiencing the aforementioned problems. If there’s any trouble with your vehicle, visit a reputable auto repair to determine what went wrong and fix it. 

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