Car troubles can be detected through the use of your basic senses: seeing an obvious problem on your vehicle, hearing unusual noises, smelling something, and feeling vehicle components.
To repair or to replace?
First, let us learn about the different car parts classification. If you decide to repair it, you have 3 options.
- These car parts are create to fit the original manufacturer’s specifications. It can be made by the car manufacturer or an independent company. Thus, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (or OEM) car parts will definitely match the parts that came with your vehicle. A + Plus Auto Glass only uses O.E.M. products when doing auto glass repairs and replacement.
- These are the car parts that have been restored to a working condition. Most manufacturers offer coverage for replacements, but not the labor to install.
- These are used parts coming from another vehicle. For rare car parts, salvage can be the only source to acquire specific parts. However, the reliability is not 100% guaranteed.
Visible Car Problems
The fluid visible under your vehicle typically do not mean harm. However, you should still check these wet spots. Check puddles and assess them through its color and consistency.
Here’s what you need to know:
- A clear water is usually just an aftereffect of the condensation from the car’s air conditioner. No need to worry for this!
- However, when you notice a red oily spot, it means that there’s a problem on the transmission or power-steering.
- If it is either a yellowish green, pastel blue, or fluorescent orange color, these colors mean that there’s an overheated engine or an antifreeze leak. You better check the water pump, hose, or could be a leaking radiator.
- Lastly, if the puddle is color brown or black, this means that the oil is leaking from the car’s engine. It is best to check the engine seal or gasket if it has caused the leak.
Sometimes, the car trouble can be identified using your nose. The odors you smell could mean a lot of things:
- If something smells like burned toast, this usually means there is an electrical short and burning insulation. For you to be safe, you should not drive the vehicle until it has been properly diagnosed.
- Once you notice a smell of rotten eggs, do not delay the repair. This burning-sulphur smell means a problem with the catalytic converter or the emission control devices.
- The moment you start the vehicle and it fails, this could mean that the engine is flooded. Just wait for a moment and try again later. If the smell of gasoline vapors continue, it may mean a leak in the fuel system.
- Finally, when it is a burning resin smell, it could be an overheated brakes or clutch causing this acrid smell. Check the breaks and allow it to cool. If you notice a light smoke coming from a wheel, this could mean a stuck brake.