Modern vehicles are much more complex than their older counterparts. With so many electrical components and computers, diagnosing a vehicle issue can be more complicated than ever before. Even with the advent of new technology, every car still relies on certain mechanical components to operate. So, how are these mechanical problems diagnosed so your mechanic can make a determination of how to fix them? Read on to find out more.
An unusual or pungent smell is certainly a sign of vehicle problems. If you smell exhaust fumes, gas or oil, or even the smell of burning rubber, these are all red flags. You can use your nose to determine whether the smell is coming from the exhaust, the air vents, or even the engine itself. Learning the various smells can help you pinpoint whether the problem is coming from your exhaust system, a motor, or somewhere else that needs immediate attention.
Movements or Vibrations
When you drive your car, it may start to make unusual movements like heavy vibrating or shaking. Depending on the type of motion you encounter, this issue can stem from an assortment of mechanical defects. For example, if you suddenly have difficulty shifting gears, it’s likely an issue with the transmission. Strong vibrating feelings when you drive are often a problem with suspension or steering. It could also mean you have a problem with your brakes. Always notify your mechanic of any unusual movements so they can get the bigger picture of the problem at hand.
Annoying Noises and Sounds
Ideally, a healthy car should run quietly. If your vehicle is suddenly making unusual sounds or loud noises, there’s definitely some kind of mechanical problem. Creaking or squeaking whenever you turn a corner is usually an indication of suspension-related problems. If your brakes are grinding or squealing, you may need to have the drums, pads, or rotors replaced. A clicking or popping noise might mean that there’s an issue with a belt. Any time your vehicle makes a noise that’s out of the norm, you should write it down and report it to your mechanic.
While it’s virtually impossible to diagnose a mechanical problem solely using your senses, these red flags will help you make a more accurate diagnosis. Keep track of any warning signs so you can let us know and we can get your vehicle back on the road safely.