Okay, something’s wrong with your car. You know it. It just
doesn’t “feel” right.
That may sound lame when you’re
talking to your mechanic, but believe me, it’s not something you
want to ignore.
Maybe you feel like the car is difficult
to handle. Maybe the ride just seems less smooth and stable.
Perhaps there’s a vibration that wasn’t there before.
These symptoms almost always indicate a problem.
harder to steer your vehicle? Do you have difficulty steering in
a straight line? This might mean your front wheels are
misaligned or you have worn steering parts.
Does your car
feel like it wants to steer or pull to the right or left? You’ll
need to get this checked out. It may only be that your tires
aren’t properly inflated. But it could also mean that your front
end is misaligned or damaged in some way. That’s nothing to play
Maybe your car feels like it’s vibrating.
Your tires may need balancing in this case.
It’s a good
idea to check your shock absorbers and struts, too. They might
need replacing if the car rides “strangely”.
If you put
on your brakes, and your car pulls to one side – that means you
need to take in it for repair.
If the brake pedal sinks
to the floor when pressure is maintained – same thing. Take it
If you hear or feel scraping or grinding when you
apply the brake, this indicates a problem that needs to be
And of course, the no brainer – You need to
get your car to a repair shop if the "brake" light on the
instrument panel is lit.
Engine trouble is on the menu if
you find that your car is hard to start. Other indicators
include the check engine light coming on, your car using more
than one quart of oil between changes, the car engine running
after you remove the key, if the car stalls or idles roughly,
and if there’s poor acceleration. Also, getting fewer miles to
the gallon is nothing to pooh-pooh. That could mean an engine
Say the word “transmission problems” and
your wallet being drained of all that’s in it comes to mind. You
might have a problem of this nature if there’s a delayed
response when shifting from neutral to drive or reverse, if your
car doesn’t shift during regular acceleration, or if the engine
speeds up, but the car doesn’t respond. If shifting is hard –
there could be a problem with transmission, too.
your peace of mind, make sure the mechanic checks to see if it’s
just a disconnected hose problem or if maybe the filter is
plugged. These repairs are much simpler and cheaper than having
your transmission replaced.
When it comes right down to
it, you know your car and how it’s supposed to feel when all is
well. If something doesn’t quite feel right, get it checked out.
You may end up saving money and someone’s life!
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