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5 Vehicle Warning Signs Not To Ignore

Posted by Wilmar, Inc.

Vehicle Warning Signs

It's essential to ensure that everything about your vehicles is in order as long as you use your vehicle on a public highway. The National Highways Highway Traffic Administration keeps watching over the quality of vehicles using public roads.


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Rough Shifts

The transmission system in your car is essential to ensure that you have an easy time. Usually, automatic transmission should be smooth and efficient. A problem with your transmission system can manifest in various  ways, such as;

  • Unexpected upshifting or downshifting
  • Hesitation when switching from reverse to drive and vice versa
  • Rough and abrupt gear changes
  • Difficulty in shifting to a higher gear with climbing RPMs

When you start to notice these signs, it could be an indication that your vehicle requires maintenance. Instruct your mechanic to look at components that run the transmission system, such as transmission fluid and screens.

Illuminating Engine Light

You are likely to miss something like an illuminating engine light if you aren't well-versed in how the engine works. An engine light requires activation for it to work.

Under standard conditions, the light remains off until it detects power issues with the engine. The only problem is that the light can't tell the severity of the problem.

Since the light cannot tell you how bad the issue is, it's essential to check your engines the minute the light comes up. Consider switching off the engine for safety and calling your maintenance service for help.

Grinding Metal Noises

Grinding metal noises in an automotive machine is an obvious sign that there is an issue. Regular inspection of your vehicle should keep you in the clear for unexpected breakdowns, since problems like these get detected early. You cannot afford to ignore strange noises coming from your car.

Often, grinding metal noises come from worn-out parts. Checking for any noises as soon as they happen is essential if the worn-out parts are in the brake system. Paying attention to grinding noises in your car on time could save you extra maintenance costs.

Anomalies after Pressing on the Brakes

The braking system is one of the most sensitive parts of a vehicle. Common abnormalities that may come up in your engine are vibrating and pulling.

You'll likely notice the issue when you get depressed during the breaks. Vibrations and pulling originate from worn-out brake discs or pads.

A malfunctioning suspension or tire wear can also cause these problems. In this instance, the best thing to do is have a car repair and maintenance expert examine your vehicle.

Excessive Smoke

The only time your vehicle is likely to produce a bit of smoke is when you start the engine. Sometimes it happens when water vapor is escaping from the exhaust system, especially in the cold months.

An unusual amount of smoke from your vehicle should raise your concern. Excessive smoke may come accompanied by an oil leak.

Once you notice excessive amounts of smoke coming out of your vehicle, you should also check for black residue on the bumper area. From there, you'll know if it's time to take your car to the mechanic.

Pay Attention to Changes in Your Vehicle for Convenience

You could end up paying more for repairs in the future if you ignore signs that your care has a problem. If you are not sure about the state of your vehicle, you can take it to an expert for an assessment. Act as fast as you can for the sake of safety and convenience.

Contact us to learn more about vehicle maintenance and more.

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Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Maintenance, Fleet News, Misc


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