Don't Ignore What You Hear Or Smell While Driving

By: The Auto Guy Email
By: The Auto Guy Email

When you have a noise or some other strange issue when you are driving, do you have a tendency to ignore it? You really shouldn’t do that because it could be a warning sign of a serious issue. Here are a few examples of things that can go wrong on your vehicle when warning signs are ignored.

Brake noises usually start off as a minor squeak you hear driving down the road. There’s a wear indicator that’s built into the brake pad and it squeaks to warn you that the brake pads are just about worn out. If you ignore that sound, eventually you will hear a much louder grinding noise because the brake pads will be completely worn out. When that happens, things such as the brake rotors can get damaged and need to be replaced as well.

Don’t ignore squeaks and rattles coming from your suspension. Many times it’s no big deal, but if you do have something from your steering or suspension break such as a ball joint, the results can sometimes be catastrophic.

Chirping noises are usually associated with the drive belt or one of the parts driven by the belt such as the alternator or air conditioning compressor. If any of these parts fail, there is a very good chance that you will be stranded.

Ignoring your antifreeze can lead to a breakdown. Even though it’s designed to last longer than in the past, it still needs to be replaced from time to time. Worn out antifreeze can clog passages in the radiator and cause corrosion issues with all of the parts of the cooling system.

Don’t ignore a minor shimmy in the steering wheel or your vehicle drifting one way or another as you drive. Tires that are out of balance or misaligned will wear out much faster, costing you big bucks to replace them way too often.

Ignoring warning lights is pretty common because it seems like there is always something like a check engine light coming on. But that could eventually lead to a breakdown. Even if someone told you a long time ago that the code related to your check engine light was no big deal, you might have a new issue that really is a big problem.

Smells coming from the engine area and spots on the floor can signal real trouble, so don't ignore them either. Fluid leaks and especially gasoline smells need to be checked out thoroughly to avoid any serious problems.

Many times different squeaks, smells and noises aren’t that big of a deal. The best way to find out if any issues on your vehicle are a real problem is to have a mechanic take a look at it. And remember, don’t just turn the radio up and ignore the warning signs coming from your vehicle.


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