When your car sends warning signs that something’s not right, it’s vital that these signs are not ignored. An early fix is the smart & cheaper approach, as is regular maintenance to help prevent these problems from developing in the first place.
Here are some of the more common signs your vehicle may need attention, and failure to address it may lead to much bigger issues.
1. Is it harder to start your car?
If your car has trouble starting, it can point to a number of issues (a weak battery or fuel pump, for example), but it can also be an ignition problem that a simple tune-up would fix. The best way to know for sure is to have it diagnosed by a trusted local mechanic. Whatever the case, don’t ignore this symptom.
2. Noisy / squeaky brakes
Good brakes are vital, but being out of sight, they can also be out of mind. Always keep your ears open for unusual sounds when braking.
A grinding noise on braking is usually caused by a lack of brake pad material; the pads and rotors are now metal to metal, with no braking material left. Brake pads are like bars of soap. Eventually they get used up, and you have to replace them and spend a little money.
3. Knocking sounds or rough idling/acceleration
If your car knocks while accelerating or when climbing hills, it’s typically a sign of some engine inefficiency. Also, if the car seems to idle roughly or accelerate roughly, it may be that one or more spark plugs are failing to ignite. A tune-up may solve this problem, or it can sometimes point to some other needed repair. If you are worried or concerned you are more than welcome to give us a call on 07 4124 9308 or drop into us at 71 Kent street, Urangan and we’ll take a look and advise you of your options.