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What your car is trying to tell you…

Those squeaks and niggles are your car’s way of trying to tell you that something isn’t working. This consumer education piece explains it all.

Who says cars don’t talk? With every squeak or warning light, your vehicle is trying to explain that it’s time for a check-up. We recently issued an informative press release, pointing out that consumers will be able to save money on their cars if they pay attention to the following warning signs:

  • Squeaking brake pads, indicating wear, are never a good sign – apart from an immediate safety hazard, they can cause costly damage. And no driver wants to experience brake failure at a crucial moment.
  • A vibrating steering wheel, even when driving on an even surface, is a sign that the car’s suspension or alignment needs attention.
  • Warning lights are pretty self-explanatory, but should always be checked out by a professional mechanic as soon as possible.
  • Windscreen damage should always be addressed as soon as possible – even a small crack can spread within a short amount of time, posing a real safety hazard.
  • Increased oil consumption means that it’s time to replace the oil and oil filters. Look out for a warning light too.
  • Car overheating? This is most likely to be caused by a leaky radiator which is, in turn, a sign of corrosion. Time to replace the unit.
  • Problems with the starter motor can usually be attributed to a faulty motor mechanism, and most often there’s an electrical issue or damage to the solenoid at play. This definitely requires a professional assessment.
  • High fuel consumption doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve been travelling long distances. It can also be a sign that tyre pressure needs attention, or that fuel caps aren’t tight enough.