Learn How To Diagnose Your Car
Did you know that when your car is having problems, you can instantly know what the problem is, by simply having a good look? You will be able to diagnose your car like an expert, quickly and easily, by asking yourself some basic, common-sense questions. The rest of the article is about some of the questions you can ask yourself to learn what to do when your car is having problems.
Ask yourself, and check to see, if there are any spots under your vehicle, which might be stains or drops of fluid. To know if there are any problems you need to check for wet spots, which may be no problem at all, or the symptom of a serious problem. If there is a liquid, what color is it? An overheated engine or an antifreeze leak can show up as yellowish-green, blue or orange colors. Your water pump may need repairing, or your radiator could be leaking. When this is the problem, the repair shop is where you need to head immediately. Another common symptom is a dark brown or black oily fluid, which might be showing that your engine is leaking oil. The leak could be caused by a bad seal or gasket, which means you need a reputable mechanic right away, and be prepared for an expensive repair bill.
When the spot you find is red oily looking, then the leak is the transmission or the power steering. You will need to find that reputable mechanic again. Once in a while there is a clear liquid, and this is normal condensation that comes from the air conditioner from your vehicle, and with this, no concern is necessary. You could have a stuck brake, when you see light smoke coming from a wheel, and with this you better call a tow truck. You pretty much always need a repair if you see any smoke coming from your vehicle. You may be able to detect the problem by sniffing around your vehicle. An electrical short along with burning insulation will smell like burned toast. You shouldn't drive it anywhere, and have a mechanic come look at it.
When your car fails to start and you smell gas, it probably only means that you flooded the engine. Try again after waiting for a couple of minutes. If the gas odor doesn't go away, a leak in the fuel system could be the problem. This will need immediate attention, because it could be a dangerous problem, potentially. Stop and pull over whenever you see steam coming from under the hood. If your vehicle is overheated, you definitely don't want to keep driving it. If you do, you will most likely cause serious damage to your engine, so call a tow truck.
All you need to do is ask yourself some common-sense questions, and just follow these simple guidelines. Even before you call for the mechanic, you will know what problem your car might be having.