It is no secret that regular car maintenance is necessary to keep your car looking good and running efficiently. Unfortunately, there are times when car maintenance is delayed or even deliberately ignored to make time for other important tasks around the house. Although certain issues can be ignored, there are several issues that should be brought to the attention of an auto mechanic as soon as possible. This is because certain warning signs can indicate a large problem that could put your safety at risk if left unresolved. Some of these signs include the following.
- Frequent Overheating
Car engines generate a ridiculous amount of heat as it operates. The presence of coolant is often enough to prevent overheating, but the sight of an overheating engine isn’t a huge problem as long as it doesn’t happen often. If your vehicle has been experiencing overheating issues several times over the course of a week or two, have your engine checked. Your engine may have a faulty water pump.
- Bright Red Liquid Leaks from the Engine
Pools of water forming underneath your car are a common sight and can be safely dismissed as condensation from the air conditioning system. On the other hand, a pool of bright red liquid is an alarming sign. This liquid is actually transmission fluid and its presence on the floor of your garage indicates a leak, which may lead to the clutch slipping at high revs or the transmission overheating due to the lack of proper lubrication.
- Formation of Blisters on Your Tires
As the main point of contact between your car and the road, tires see more than its fair share of wear and tear over the years, and are one of the components that are most commonly replaced. However, lack of tread isn’t the only issue you should be on the lookout. Blisters or bulges on the sidewall of your tires are a dangerous issue that should be addressed immediately. Continuing to drive with blistered tires puts your tires at significant risk of a blowout.
- High-Pitched Screeching When Braking
Hearing high-pitched screeching or squealing coming from your brakes is never a good sign. This warning sign often indicates that your brake pads have become too thin, allowing the metal section of your brakes to hit the wheel itself. As you can imagine, continuing to drive like this puts your brakes at risk of failure and your safety in jeopardy, as well as potentially requiring you to replace your wheels entirely.
Don’t let your car’s condition worsen. Be sure to have it checked regularly to keep at optimum condition.