What do you think your car would say to you if it could speak?
That may only be a hypothetical question, but there are actually some ways your car could be trying to tell you that something isn’t quite right with it. You don’t need to become a car whisperer or gain a special skill to understand your car’s language – it’s actually pretty easy to pick up on and, the more you get to know your auto, the more it will be able to tell you. Here are some of the easiest signals that you need to look out for.
Crunching And Clunking Sounds
Over time, some cars might develop a crunching or clunking sound. This can be especially noticeable when you drive over bumps or uneven surfaces. When you hear these kinds of sounds, you need to take your car to a mechanic to get it checked out, as there could be something wrong with the car’s pivot point. The pivot point can crack and tear over time and, once this damage occurs, will cause these noises. Don’t leave this problem for too long, as it can wear out the vehicle’s suspension, which can be very expensive to replace.
Have you heard a squealing noise from your tyres when you drive round a corner or break? Some people think that this noise is an indication of a problem with the tyres, but this isn’t the case. It actually means that you are driving way too fast! If you have thought that you might like to sell your car for cash when it’s time to be replaced, you better slow down. Otherwise, you could end up writing it off in an accident! So, next time you hear the tyre squeals, you’d better take your foot off the gas for you and your auto’s safety!
Flashing Temperature Light
These days, most cars come with a nifty little safety feature that warns drivers about dangerous outdoor temperatures. This feature makes the car’s temperature light flash and sometimes beep when it gets to 37 degrees Fahrenheit outside. Wondering why it doesn’t wait until it gets down to the temperature at which water freezes at, 32 degrees Fahrenheit? Well, the main reason is that black ice develops at 37 degrees, and this type of ice is extremely difficult for motorists to spot. So, if your temperature light flashes and beeps, you know you need to be careful, even if you don’t think it is particularly chilly outside yet!
A Ticking Engine
Does your engine sound like it is ticking whenever it is on? Don’t worry; this isn’t a sign that someone’s planted a bomb in your car! More often than not, this ticking starts in the engine as soon as it is started and will stop after a while. In this case, it is just a sign that the engine was cold when it was turned on. However, if the sound persists, it could be a sign of an exhaust problem, and you should call your mechanic.
See; it’s easy understanding what your car has to say!