Has your car been making some weird noises lately? Or, maybe it shakes as you accelerate or clunks as you turn a corner. It is not uncommon for cars to make strange noises from time to time. Often those noises are not an urgent issue, but some clunks and shakes need attention immediately. According to the auto experts at Orthodox Auto Company, here are some of the top car problems that you should never ignore.
1. Tire Bulges
Tire bulges can result from hitting a piece of debris or from over-inflating your tires. They are bubbles of air in the sidewall where air has forced its way through the inner lining. They're a visible weak point that can burst unexpectedly. To avoid a dangerous situation, get bulging tires replaced right away.
2. Jerky Shifting
If shifting gears in your car is rough or jerky, there could be a problem with your transmission. Worn clutches, stripped gears, and low transmission fluid can all result in clunky shifting. Whatever the cause, the problem will get worse each time your car changes gears, potentially leading to total transmission failure. A new transmission can cost thousands of dollars, so it's always cheaper to get the problem inspected.
3. Squealing Brakes
Squealing or squeaking brakes usually indicate that it's time for a new set of brake pads. Brake pads have a metal tab that becomes exposed as pad material wears away. When this tab contacts the brake rotor, it makes a high-pitched sound. It's an audible signal that the pads need to be replaced, and the longer you wait, the worse the sound (and your braking ability) is going to become.
If you see or smell smoke in your car, get out right away and don’t drive it any further. Many things could cause your car to smoke, but common culprits are leaking fluids, electrical issues, or a seized brake caliper. If you drive it before the problem is located and fixed, your car could catch on fire.
5. Check Engine Light
The Check Engine Light on your vehicle indicates that something is wrong, but it won’t tell you what it is. You never know if it's a major problem or a minor one, or whether it's electrical or mechanical. When it comes to your engine, it's better to be safe than sorry. Get it checked out as soon as you can.
If you end up in the mechanic’s shop with car problems and your car needs replacement parts, look no further than Orthodox Auto. We have one of the largest collections of used auto parts in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas. Contact us at (215) 608-3270 for assistance or search our online inventory now.