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Identify Problems Before They Become Costly Auto Repairs (PART 1)

identify_problems_before_becoming_costly_repairs_2Has your car started to mysteriously vibrate or make weird rumbling noises? Is your car’s engine leaking fluids? These are just few of the signs that there is trouble in your car. Seasoned drivers know that it is important to identify car issues before they become expensive repairs. Miracle Auto Body and Paint in San Antonio Texas gives you easy ways on how to avoid expensive auto repair.

You are the person who is most familiar with your car. Cars manufactured after 1995 need to invest in an on-board (OBD) diagnostics reader. OBD detects any faults in the engine sensors’ operation and system.

identify_problems_before_becoming_costly_repairs_3If you turn on your ignition key and the engine won’t start, the problem may be in the battery. Turn on the dash lights in order to check the battery’s condition. If you notice that the lights are faint or is off, it means that the battery already has insufficient power. Batteries that are about four to five years old are most likely needed to be replaced as soon as possible. Engine start failure may also be caused by poor fuel delivery system. It could mean there is no fuel, there is bad fuel pump, there’s a problem with the engine’s electronics or the ignition system is defective. If the starter just cranks slowly without the engine starting, it could mean either battery needs replacement or the starter/cables need to be replaced.

identify_problems_before_becoming_costly_repairs_4You can tell there is something wrong with the engine if you hear disturbing noises. A high-pitched whistling or squealing sound may mean there is a loose fan or alternator belt. A pinging sound when you are accelerating may mean the gasoline you are using is low grade. When you hear a clicking or tapping sound, the valves may be out of adjustment or engine oil needs to be added. Heavy knocking or clacking tells you there is a serious engine trouble. Make sure to check the power steering fluid if your car starts to groan. Brakes become squeaky when the brake pads or rotors are worn out and a scraping noise may mean worn-out disc brake pads.