5 Signs It’s Time to See the Mechanic
Even some of the most reliable cars malfunction from time to time and that's when driver's get hit with the question... "Do I need to see a mechanic?"
If something sounds or feels off with the way your vehicle is operating, then it's a good idea to bring in your car for a diagnostics test.
Here are 5 signs to look out for:
1. FLASHING CHECK ENGINE LIGHT
Look for a small illuminated icon that will light up on your dashboard. This light shouldn't cause for any alarm but simply indicate that you should get your engine checked soon. Once this light begins to flash rapidly, you should bring in your vehicle immediately. It can be an indicator of a much larger problem.
2. EXCESSIVE SMOKE FROM THE EXHAUST
During the colder winter months, you might notice a bit more white smoke coming out of your exhaust. This is a normal reaction caused by the water vapor and should subside after a few minutes once the temperature of the engine increases.
However, if you notice that the smoke continues, and even has a bit of a burning smell to it, this can be an indication that you have an oil leak. Keep an eye out on the exhaust changing color or if your bumper near the exhaust has any black residue.
3. DIFFICULTY INCREASING SPEED, FUNNY SOUNDS, AND UNUSAL FEELINGS
Pay attention to how your car operates normally. If it has any difficulty shifting gears, funny sounds, or unusual feelings, take it to your mechanic. Some vibrations in your car is normal. Excessive and unceasing shaking is not. This could be a due to defective wheel alignment, which can cause further damage if left unfixed.
4. LEAKING FLUID
Of course in the warm summer months when you have your ac running, you will notice a puddle dripping below the front passenger side. This is normal. It's caused by the precipitation. However, you will want to keep your eyes open for bright green fluid (coolant) or dark red/brown fluid (transmission oil, engine oil or brake fluid), usually found toward the front of the car.
5. DECREASE IN GAS MILEAGE
A sudden decrease in mileage means something is not functioning properly. This could be caused by anything from low oil levels to a gas leak.