Catching a problem early is the best way to help prevent long-term damage. This is true of many things. For example, if you roll your ankle, you should ice it, elevate it and take some time to rest as soon as possible. Failure to do so could lead to a more serious, long-lasting injury. When it comes to your car, the same holds true. By addressing problems early, you’ll likely increase the life of your car and save yourself some money in the process. You just need to keep an eye out for warning signs that your car may not be running properly.
One of the most common car problems is an aging or defective battery. Typically, a car battery should be replaced every three years or so. After four or five years, the majority of car batteries will become unreliable. If you find your car will crank, but not start, that’s a good indicator that it’s time for a new battery.
Occasionally, a battery may die because you left a light on overnight. That’s not a major problem – you’ll just need to jumpstart your battery, then you’ll be on your way in no time. However, if you find your car will not start consistently and you constantly need to jumpstart your battery, it may be time for a replacement.
Another potential problem area is your engine. A car engine has numerous working components, and parts will inevitably wear out over time. It’s important to catch engine trouble early so it doesn’t create a domino effect of problems. Some early indicators include:
- the check engine light illuminating,
- oil indicator lights turning on,
- trouble accelerating or
- continual overheating.
Also, if your car begins to jerk, pull or shake as you drive, it could be an indication that your spark plugs have gone bad or your fuel lines are clogged. Finally, if your car begins to smoke, you should stop driving immediately as the situation may be dangerous. Proper engine care is crucial not only to your car’s longevity, but to your safety as the driver.
Your car’s alternator works hard to generate electric power for your car. Whenever your car is running, the alternator will charge your battery and helps supply power for the vehicle’s electric system. It’s a very important component for your car, and you should monitor it accordingly. If you notice your car’s lights begin to dim or warning lights flashing, you should take the time to get your alternator checked out.
Finally, anytime your car makes unusual or concerning sounds or smells, it’s time for a checkup! Not all “symptoms” mean that emergency actions need to be taken, so deal with them quickly to avoid longer term problems down the road. To diagnose your car’s symptoms and get the help you need, visit your local Milex Complete Auto Care location today.