Hints & Tips

Don’t wait to fix your car!

If you are having pains in your chest, waiting to be examined by a doctor could end up being a fatal decision on your part. The same thing applies to your car.

If you hear a strange noise, of if your car is not handling as well as it should, you owe it to yourself to have the car checked out right away by a professional mechanic. Do not wait to fix potential car problems. Here are some of the various things you should be on the lookout for.

 

1. Dashboard warning lights

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These lights are designed to come on to alert you of a variety of potential problems. There is a light to indicate low gas, brake problems and a “check engine” light to indicate many different problems with the engine. A mechanic will have a computer that he will plug into your car to find out exactly what problem the light is indicating. Many people make the mistake of ignoring these warning lights, thinking there is nothing very serious wrong with the car. After all, they are still able to drive it. However, the problem could be getting worse, the longer you drive it. As soon as one of these warning lights comes on, especially the check engine light, you should have a professional mechanic look at your car immediately. While you are there, get a Pittsburgh oil change if you need it.

 

2. Tire tread
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If your tires are worn down, you will be placing your life and the lives of your passengers in serious danger. If your tires wear down too far, there is a chance that one of them could burst. If this should happen while you are driving at freeway speed, the resulting accident could be fatal. In order to prevent this tragedy from occurring, you should regularly check the tread indicators in your tires. These are small knobs inside the tread. If the tread indicators become even with the tread, it is time to replace your tires.

3. Brake noise
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Noisy brakes are nothing to fool around with. If you hear a screeching or clanking sound of metal on metal when you apply the brakes, it could mean your brake pads need to be replaced right away.

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