Let’s be real – car diagnostics can be complex, even for the more experienced bunch of people. This complexity can result in dangerous crashes so it helps to have some knowledge surrounding car diagnostics. Once you know the warning signals that something is faulty, you’ll know when to head straight to your mechanics or auto repair shop. Here, we’ll try and give you a rundown on the basics.
A key tip with your vehicle is to become familiar with your car and the way it works. This refers to an important element – your breaks. If there is any change in the way your brakes work when you put pressure on them, something has changed and likely needs to be altered by the mechanics or brake specialists. There are two areas that could be at fault – you may have a brake fluid leak or your brake pads may have worn down. This last point is inevitable as brake pads do need to be changed, generally every 10 to 20,000 miles. They should be altered before they are worn down to 1.5mm. Fortunately, you should get a loud warning sign of squeaking or grinding when they are due to be replaced.
Vehicle Shaking or Vibration
If your vehicle is noticeably shaking then it could be down to parts simply having worn down or it could signal a faulty area, whether that’s the engine mount needing to be tightened or replaced, or an oil leak on the clutch plate.
When it comes to your engine shaking, it can often be due to the fact dirty or worn spark plugs are triggering the engine to misfire in either one or multiple cylinders. Or, there is an issue with the fuel and air systems.
Whatever the reason, don’t fret and go to your mechanics where they will look deeper, pinpoint the issue and fix it for you. Simply search mechanics in your areas through a quick Google search, such as “mechanics in Manukau Auckland NZ”.
Grinding, shaking or other noises
Reverting back to the point of being familiar with how your car functions, if you notice strange sounds start to occur, go to the mechanics or auto repair shop for a car diagnostics service. These noises are actually vehicle parts rubbing against each other when they aren’t meant to. It could be a result of various different parts and there is no way for you to alter this yourself without being a professional mechanic. Simply go in as soon as possible, however, if the sound is really intense then you may be safer to call them to come to you. Like with any situation, access and respond accordingly.
Vehicle veering off
A pulling sensation where the vehicle veers to one side despite steering straight means you need to get your vehicle looked at. It most likely is a signal you need to get a wheel alignment service at your local mechanics or auto repair shop. It can be dangerous if you ignore it as this pulling feeling enables less steering control which could result in a crash.
In addition to these signs, it’s recommended to go for a yearly service to help prevent these issues from occurring with a Warrant of Fitness (WOF) service.