There are some really obvious signs that you are having automotive issues, such as the check engine light or another dashboard warning light coming on. Maybe the car won't start or move at all. Clearly, something significant is wrong in these situations, and you will want to get your vehicle inspected and repaired by a professional mechanic.
Then, there are other times when you just aren't sure. Something just doesn't seem right or there is something that is noticeably out of the ordinary. This is when you can use your five senses (well, four of the five anyway) to pick up on issues that might be cause for concern.
Something Feels Unusual
There are many automotive problems where you can literally feel that things are off. Wheel alignment and suspension damage can cause the car to pull to one side or the other or lurch forward at hard stops. Brake issues can make the brake pedal feel unusually loose or the car isn't stopping as quickly as normal. Sluggish acceleration can be caused by transmission, fuel system or engine issues. If something feels weird with your vehicle, then there's likely a problem worth getting looked at.
Something Sounds Bad
Unpleasant sounds are another common sign of automotive problems. Brakes can screech and squeal when the brake pads are getting low and/or if the rotors are worn. A loose timing belt or fan belt will also make an awful noise when your turn on the car. Rattles, vibrations, hums and clunking noises can be associated with various issues, including transmission, suspension, wheel bearings and exhaust system damage.
Something Smells Funny
Sometimes, funny smells can be signs of automotive concerns. An exhaust leak will usually be very noticeable (and potentially deadly) when you smell those exhaust fumes stronger than ever. Burnt automotive fluids, worn brake pads and damaged belts will also typically give off distinct odors that you should be concerned about. You may also notice some funky smells inside the car, in which case it's likely a sign that your cabin air filter is due for replacement.
Something Doesn't Look Right
Lastly, there are cases where you can literally see damage or signs of problems. We're talking about smoke coming from tires, engine or other components. It could also be darker-than-usual exhaust fumes, steam coming from the radiator, leaking fluids underneath the vehicle, low tire pressure and other visual cues that are fairly obvious indicators that there is an issue you'll want to deal with sooner than later.
For a lot of drivers with keen senses, picking up on unusual smells, sounds, sights and feelings can lead to noticing minor automotive issues before they turn into something major. At the first sign that something is wrong, get your vehicle inspected and tested to determine the source of the problem. Then, the proper repairs can be made to prevent further damage.
If you are in Colorado Springs and notice anything out of the ordinary with your vehicle, call LightHouse Automotive today at (719) 465-0302 or schedule your service appointment online.