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Do You Know:

HOW TO HEAD OFF PROBLEMS

 

The more you know about your vehicle, the more likely you'll be able to head off repair problems. You can detect many common vehicle problems by using your senses: eyeballing the area around your vehicle, listening for strange noises, sensing a difference in the way your vehicle handles, or even noticing unusual odors.

 

Looks Like Trouble


Small stains or an occasional drop of fluid under your vehicle may not mean much, but wet spots deserve attention; check puddles immediately.

You can identify fluids by their color and consistency:

 

·  Yellowish green, pastel blue or florescent orange colors indicate an overheated engine or an antifreeze leak caused by a bad hose, water pump or leaking radiator.

·  A dark brown or black oily fluid means the engine is leaking oil. A bad seal or gasket could cause the leak.

·  A red oily spot indicates a transmission or power-steering fluid leak.

·  A puddle of clear water usually is no problem. It may be normal condensation from your vehicle's air conditioner.

 

Smells Like Trouble

 




 

Some problems are under your nose. You can detect them by their odor:

 

·  The smell of burned toast - a light, sharp odor - often signals an electrical short and burning insulation. To be safe, try not to drive the vehicle until the problem is diagnosed.

·  The smell of rotten eggs - a continuous burning-sulphur smell - usually indicates a problem in the catalytic converter or other emission control devices. Don't delay diagnosis and repair.

·  A thick acrid odor usually means burning oil. Look for sign of a leak.

·  The smell of gasoline vapors after a failed start may mean you have flooded the engine. Wait a few minutes before trying again. If the odor persists, chances are there's a leak in the fuel system - a potentially dangerous problem that needs immediate attention.

·  Burning resin or an acrid chemical odor may signal overheated brakes or clutch. Check the parking brake. Stop. Allow the brakes to cool after repeated hard braking on mountain roads. Light smoke coming from a wheel indicates a stuck brake. The vehicle should be towed for repair.

·  A sweet, steamy odor indicates a coolant leak. If the temperature gauge or warning light does not indicate overheating, drive carefully to the nearest service station, keeping an eye on your gauges. If the odor is accompanied by a hot, metallic scent and steam from under the hood, your engine has overheated. Pull over immediately. Continued driving could cause severe engine damage. The vehicle should be towed for repair.


Sounds Like Trouble

 

Squeaks, squeals, rattles, rumbles, and other sounds provide valuable clues about problems and maintenance needs. Here

 

 

are some common noises and what they mean:

 

Squeal - A shrill, sharp noise, usually related to engine speed:

·Loose or worn power steering, fan or air conditioning belt.

 

Click - A slight sharp noise, related to either engine speed or vehicle speed:

·  Loose wheel cover.

·  Loose or bent fan blade.

·  Stuck valve lifter or low engine oil.

 

Screech - A high-pitched, piercing metallic sound; usually occurs while the vehicle is in motion:

·Caused by brake wear indicators to let you know it's time for maintenance.

 

Rumble - a low-pitched rhythmic sound.

·  Defective exhaust pipe, converter or muffler.

·  Worn universal joint or other drive-line component.

 

Ping - A high-pitched metallic tapping sound, related to engine speed:

·   Usually caused by using gas with a lower octane rating than recommended. Check your owner's manual for the proper octane rating. If the problem persists, engine ignition timing could be at fault.

 

Heavy Knock - A rhythmic pounding sound:

·  Worn crankshaft or connecting rod bearings.

·  Loose transmission torque converter.

 

Clunk - A random thumping sound:

·   Loose shock absorber or other suspension component.

Loose exhaust pipe or muffler.

                  JERRYS TIPS

Be cautious of putting off maintaining your vehicle. It can cause expensive repairs in the long run. A good example would be the brakes. Let them go too long and damage can occur to the rotors or drums, tripling the cost of repair. Another example would be the check engine light. If you drive around with it on you stand a good chance of destroying the catalytic converter, very expensive.

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God Bless you and your family.

Jerry & Alice Hudson, Owners