5 Ways You Can Tell Your Car Needs Repair

5 Ways You Can Tell Your Car Needs Repair

It seems that cars are in constant need of attention and car service.  The wise motorist will have unusual symptoms addressed early to avoid more expensive car repair.

5 of the most common ways you can tell your car requires service are:

  • Steering wheel vibrates, usually between 50-70 miles/hr. This is usually caused by a front wheel out of balance. If you feel the vibration only in the seat, it’s probably a rear wheel. Schedule a car service to have all 4 wheels balanced. You will feel the difference in the drive and ride.
  • Drifting to the left or right when I let go of the steering wheel on a straight level road. If your car drifts to the right in the right lane and to the left in the left lane, it is probably normal. Most roads are banked to allow for water runoff.  However, make sure that both front tires are equally inflated, and of the same size, type and brand. If all this is true and your car is still drifting, you probably need an adjustment to your wheel alignment. If this car service doesn’t take care of the problem, your mechanic should check for bent or worn front-end parts, and to make sure there are no safety issues.
  • Tires make a humming noise on a smooth road. Check the tread for wear patterns.  Run your hand around the edge of the tread, first in one direction, then the other.  If it is smooth in one direction but jagged in the other, this could be causing some of the noise. Rotating will help reduce some of the noise. This wear pattern is common on front wheel drive vehicles with tires designed with grooves on the edges of the tread. While there is a potential for noise with this design, it does have advantages in wet weather and snow.
  • Car keeps bouncing when I drive over a speed bump or a dip in the road. This is usually caused by worn or broken shocks or struts and usually happens gradually.  Schedule a car repair for shock replacements.  You will notice that the ride and stability is greatly improved.
  • Directional signals flash on one side but not the other. This feature is designed to let you know that a directional bulb has burnt out. Check light bulbs or fuses to locate the issue.  If you aren’t comfortable doing this yourself, an auto mechanic can take care of this problem quite easily.

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