Your car needs its oil changed fairly frequently. Failure to change the oil in your automobile can lead to engine issues, wear and tear of your car, or can even cause the engine to seize and break. Since an oil change isn't that costly and replacing an engine due to failure to get an oil change is, remembering to replace your car's oil on a regular basis is very important to keeping your car in great condition.
If you drive a 1990s era Chevy Blazer or other small SUV, then it's important you are aware of the common signs of ball joint failure on the front axle. The front axle ball joints are a part that is known for wearing out from driving over bumpy roads. If you can catch ball joint problems early when they first start, then you can often avoid expensive repairs down the road.
You need to pay attention to the sounds that come from under the hood of your car. You should know how your vehicle sounds, and you should know when you need to be worried about the sounds your vehicle is making.
If your car sounds like metal is scraping against metal, the most likely culprit is your brakes. When your brake pads are thin, there is metal under the pads; when the metal on the brake pads encounters the clamp on your brakes, it can make a really awful noise.
If your car has started running rough and even having trouble running after sitting for more than a minute, you may wonder if there could be a problem with its coolant system. If so, look for the following warning signs that your car's water pump is starting to go bad.
1. High Engine Temperature Readings after Idling Only for a Few Minutes
One of the first warning signs that your water pump is failing can be found by looking at your dashboard after idling for a few minutes while either in your driveway or at a traffic stop.
When the lights of your vehicle turn on or when your car begins to exhibit some different than normal issues, you should get it to the repair shop as soon as possible. Though you may not have a lot of time to get things together before you go to the repair shop, you will be able to speak with the proper people and get the necessary paperwork after your vehicle is done being serviced.