Follow these 4 tips to figure out what is wrong with your car. Even if you end up taking it to the mechanic, learn how to describe the problem so you don’t get taken advantage of.
The best way to find out if your car has a problem is by taking it to a mechanic. They will identify the problem and help you sort it out. But when they detect that you don’t know anything about the car, they may try to rip you off. So, by diagnosing the problem, you reduce the chances of being ripped off.
The best way to go about this is to identify the problem the car may be having. Use your sense of smell, touch, hearing, and sight to try and identify the problem. The mechanic will charge you modestly if you have an idea on where the problem is. So the question this article seeks to answer is how to do your own auto diagnosis on your car.
1. Do a few sight checks.
Check the dashboard for any sign of trouble at the engine. Look at the engine light, oil light, tire pressure light, and the engine temperature. Check any other thing that lights up and ensure it is fixed before it worsens.
If the dashboard is not helping you, physically check the tires to ensure that they are in good shape. Are the tire threads in good shape? Look at the depth, if you feel that the thread depth is not enough, consider replacing the tires.
2. Check underneath the car
When you pack the car, check if there are any fluid drops on the ground. It is not necessary that you identify the type of fluid that collects underneath the vehicle. It could be oil, brake fluid, or even the coolant.
Whatever fluid that is leaking, it is likely to affect the performance of the car. So keep your eye on the puddle or drip underneath the vehicle.
3. Listen to any sound coming out of the car.
If you hear creaking or chunking, know that one of the components is worn out. It could be a shock or suspension. Listen to the car as you drive it over a bump. The vehicle will creek when grease dries out. So check and ensure that the brushing and joints are greased.
Also, when you hear squealing know that there is a problem with under the hood belt. If the belt is loose, it may slip over the pulley connecting it to the crankshaft and camshaft.
Listen to how the car squeals when you turn the steering wheel. A stretched steering belt is likely to make it squeal. Also, if you push the brakes and hear a high pitched squeal, it indicates that the brake pads are worn out. So, consider having the pads replaced.
4. Listen to the grinding sound
The sound will be heard when there is an issue with the gears meshing. When the fluid is too low, or the gears are worn out, you are likely to experience this problem.
All said, use all your senses to help figure out where the problem could be. It will enable you to point out the problem when you visit a mechanic. Point out the areas you suspect may be having issues and tell them to check it out. This way, you will reduce the chances of being overcharged.