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How to Know if Something is Wrong with Your Car

July 31st, 2013 Tools

The best way to avoid hefty repair bills from your car mechanic is to identify the problem early. Many people don't know the signs of an impending car problem or try to ignore it until it goes away. This can lead to serious problems and may require the replacement of your engine, transmission, or even your entire car.

Engine noises
If you hear knocking noises from you car's engine, it could be a symptom of as serious problem. According to, the knocking could be the result of low quality gas, carbon build-ups or faulty spark plugs. Try buying a higher octane gas, putting engine detergent in when you refuel and changing your spark plugs. If none of these resolve the issue, take your car to a mechanic.

Grinding gears
If you hear loud grinding noises when your car is shifting gears (even in an automatic) it's likely a sign that something is wrong with your transmission according to American Auto Assurance. If you notice this happening, get your car to the mechanic right away in order to prevent having to replace it, which can sometimes cost as much or more than your car itself.

If you smell burning, this could also be the transmission. A "check engine" light on your dashboard often signifies a problem with the transmission as well.

Tire pressure
While many modern cars come with automatic sensors for tire pressure, older models may require you to check your tire pressure yourself. Keeping your tires properly inflated is essential since low tires are more likely to pop, which can cause you to lose control of the vehicle. Check your tire pressure monthly and make sure that it meets with what the manufacturer suggests. Inspect the walls of the tires as well. If you see any bumps of budges, replace the tire to ensure your safety.