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.