Warning Signs

HEADING OFF PROBLEMS

The more you know about your vehicle, the more likely it is you can head off problems. Many common vehicle problems can be spotted by using your senses. You may learn a lot by inspecting the area around your vehicle, listening for strange noises, sensing a difference in the way your vehicle handles, or even noting
unusual odors.

LOOKS LIKE TROUBLE
SMELLS LIKE TROUBLE
SOUNDS LIKE TROUBLE
FEELS LIKE TROUBLE
BRAKES

  • Pulsation when braking
  • Grinding or squealing noises
  • Car pulls to left or right when brakes applied
TRANSMISSION

  • Abnormal sound coming from transmission
  • Jumping into gear
  • Hesitation engaging next gear as speed increases
EXHAUST PROBLEMS

  • Smell of exhaust fumes
  • Louder than normal exhaust noise
  • Rattling noise
ALIGNMENT

  • Tires wearing unevenly
  • Car wanders, or pulls to one side while driving
  • Steering feels stiff
  • Steering wheel doesn’t return to center position when released