Don’t Ignore the Signs of Car Trouble

June 21st, 2013 by

 

Middletown Honda ServiceYou spend enough time around your car to know when something is wrong. It’s that parental instinct. And like a good parent, you need to follow-up on a car issue before it becomes a big problem. A visit to the mechanic to check out a weird sound or smell may cost you a little now, but it could help you to save you a lot more money, as well as a much bigger headache, in the future. The last place you want to be is stuck on the highway in the middle of cloudless day during a northeast summer.

Common Signs and What They Mean

Here are a few out-of-the-normal signs you should take care of:

  • Your lights are dimming: if all of the systems in your car begin to dim, including your headlights and the lights on your dashboard, it could mean your alternator is on its way out. A dead alternator will mean quick battery drainage and a dead car on the side of the road.
  • You smell something burning: a burning smell is never a good sign. Different types of burning smells meaning different things. A smell like burning sneakers probably means your brake pads need to be replaced, while a smell like rotten eggs means there probably a problem with your catalytic converter.
  • You hear a grinding noise: a grinding noise coming from around one of your wheels may mean your wheel bearings are giving way. This is a potentially dangerous problem and should be dealt with immediately.
  • You find something leaking underneath your car: fluid on the ground means fluid isn’t getting to where it is supposed to go. Any fluid on your driveway should be cleaned up immediately to avoid stains, runoff, and other hazards. Anti-freeze, for example, tastes sweet, but is harmful to pets. When cleaning up unknown fluids, be sure to use gloves and don’t let any touch your skin or clothing.

Middletown Honda Can Help!

Having a problem? Middletown Honda is here to help. We operate a modern service facility staffed by a team of professionally certified technicians. Schedule a service appointment today, and we’ll have a look at your car.