What’s your car trying to tell?

24.09.2012 What’s your car trying to tell?

Do you believe that our favorite things, helping us in this life, sometimes try to tell us anything important? Let’s learn how to understand it. Below there’s the human translation guide.

1. A slapping noise that increases tempo with vehicle speedis the sound of a tire dying. Its tread is separating from the carcass of the tire. It may turn into a giant steel-reinforced Weed Eater. It can cause massive damage to the vehicle’s bodywork. If you hear it, don’t keep driving.

2. The smell of pancake syrupprobably means the vehicle’s cooling system is having problems. The smell of most automotive antifreeze/coolant comes from its ethelyne glycol. The source of the leak could be anything from an old, cracked or ruptured radiator hose to a water pump on its last legs. Ignore this smell; wind up stranded miles from help with an overheated engine. If you find a green, orange, or yellow puddle, the issue is beyond looking the other way.

3. Puddles in your parking placecan mean anything from “it’s really humid today” to “you cross-threaded the oil-drain plug and I’m bleeding to death.” When you see fluid under your car, take note of its color and location. Rub a bit between your fingers and smell it. Most often it’ll be water coming from the air-conditioning condenser. If it’s clear and oily, it’s probably power steering fluid, check for leaks around the pump or power steering rack. If it’s darker, slippery, and you’ve recently had your oil changed, it could be a puddle of clean oil resulting from the fact that the mechanic damaged the oil drain plug or improperly installed the oil filter.

4. Other kinds of puddles, reddish-brown fluid, a lightly oily feel is,the automatic transmission telling that a line running to the cooler could have been punctured or it has a seal going bad. If the ATF fluid also has a burnt smell, transmission needs an overhaul. If you find an oily fluid on the inside sidewall of a tire, that’s leaking brake fluid. Lost brake fluid means a likelihood of air in the brake lines and almost zero braking power, get it checked out ASAP. If it’s too dark, heavy, sticky oil under truck’s rear axle, the seals in your differential could be letting go.

5. Squealing like a pig or a high-pitched whining, that comes from the engine bay and matches engine speed, is often an accessory belt in its death throes. We could limp to a service station with a broken water-pump belt or the separate alternator belt. Today’s belts turn myriad devices including power steering, water pump, air conditioning compressor, and alternator. A broken belt will likely leave the car dead right there.If you’re greeted with a high-pitch squeal when you tap the brake lightly while at speed, what you’ve got is brake pads or shoes at the end of their life. The squeal comes from a tab of metal built into the pad that becomes exposed as material wears away. If the noise changes or goes away, head to the mechanic today.

6. Grinding noise 1: If you’ve continued ignoring the squealing brakes, the next noise you’ll hear from them is a powerful grinding. The last of the pad has ground away.The metal backing plate is clamping directly onto the brake disc. Braking effectiveness is greatly reduced.The car is now dangerous. Your repair bill is going up, too, since the discs will have to be replaced as well.

7. Grinding noise 2: If you hear a grinding, clicking, or rumbling noise during a tight turn in the parking lot, it’s likely a failing constant-velocity joint on a front-wheel-drive car. A CV joint allows the front wheels to both receive power and turn. Ignore this long enough and you’ll have a one-wheel-drive car, likely a paperweight car unless it’s fitted with a limited slip differential.Other grinding noises could also be anything from a pebble lodged between the brake pad and the rotor to a failing alternator to bearings going dead. Grinding noises are always bad.