Seven signs that your car is “breathing in the air”
The car has high mileage and you think it will never break? Do not rush to conclusions. You may be one step away from a serious breakdown..
Reasons to drive a used car can be different. The most obvious is financial, although some like specific models, including those that are no longer produced. However, you should always remember: the older the car, the higher the likelihood of serious damage.
But how to protect yourself from trouble, especially if you are not very strong in technology? Do not worry, there are a number of signs that will definitely suggest the presence of more or less serious problems.
Dashboard lights are on
“The light is on, but you can ride.” A familiar expression? If so, then the news is disappointing for you – the indicators on the “tidy” just do not light up. Of course, if the light flashing warning of an empty washer reservoir, there is nothing fatal. But if Check Engine is lit up, then you really need to urgently call in to the service. Such things just don’t happen. Already been there, but the problem reappeared? Then it is possible that the engine or some other system needs a more serious repair. Moreover, if the car is old, it may turn out that just changing the car will be much more profitable.
Increased oil consumption
Oil in the engine performs two functions at once: lubricating and cooling. This is not the kind of liquid that a motor can consume as an athlete’s water after a race. Of course, if between visits to the service station you add a little oil, it is not necessary to sound the alarm – just look at what is written about the oil consumption in the operating instructions. But if you have to top up almost every week, in the parking lot you began to notice oil stains, and smoke began to pour from the exhaust pipe, then it seems that the engine requires serious intervention.
By the way, this item can be safely attributed not only to oil, but also to fuel, and generally any other technical fluid: coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, etc. If you notice increased consumption, then in the car there is either a leak or a more serious breakdown.
By and large, this item should not even be commented. The appearance of smoke (not to be confused with normal exhaust) of any color does not bode well. Blue or blue smoke usually indicates oil getting into the engine cylinders, thick white smoke indicates coolant, problems with the head of the unit or transmission fluid. Well, there is no need to talk about black smoke – it can indicate a number of problems, and very serious ones. In general, if smoke is coming from the exhaust pipe, be aware that the car is likely to undergo serious repairs..
Imagine (or remember) buying a new car. You sit in the salon, drive away from the dealer and enjoy the ride. The motor runs quietly and smoothly. And you are absolutely relaxed. Presented? Now think, would you be so calm if outside knocking and clanging came from under the hood? Not? But when it comes to a used car, many turn a blind eye to such a cacophony. Remember: if you hear unpleasant sounds from the engine compartment, then, most likely, there are already serious problems with the internal combustion engine, and you need to urgently solve them. The same goes for other key elements of the car, such as gearboxes and suspensions..
If you see the rust on the body that arose on a relatively new car after a small accident – this is not so scary. Another thing, if we are talking about a car at an age in which corrosion already covers not only external elements, but also suspension elements, fuel and brake lines, etc. Therefore, if you are faced with this, for example, when buying a car, think: do you really want to bother with replacing all the key elements? Well, if corrosion has hit the car so much, then maybe it’s time to think about what to do next.
If you simply blown a light bulb or fuse “died”, there is no reason for serious concern. But if you have problems starting the engine, or the battery is constantly discharged, then this is the reason for visiting the service. You replaced the battery, alternator and starter, but the problems have not gone away? So, there are two options. Either invest giant amounts in troubleshooting, or quickly get rid of the car. Moreover, it is very likely that the second option will be more preferable. Thus, it is not so difficult to understand that the car is “breathing in the wild”: the problems themselves will be felt either by sounds, or by appearance, or by the failure of any systems, but most likely to all of the above. Timely diagnosis can help prevent serious damage. Well, what to do when they are detected – to repair a car or sell it – it’s up to you.
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