Categories: Care Care tips - Tags: Alternator, Antifreeze, Auto maintenance, Brakes, coolant, Timing belt
1. Brakes – Your vehicle’s brakes should feel smooth and perform quietly. If you feel shuddering or hear a grinding sound when you step on the brakes, they should be inspected as soon as possible!
2. Coolant/Antifreeze – Different cars require different types of antifreeze. If you need to top off the coolant in your vehicle, check the Owner’s Manual for details on the correct type. You can harm the cooling system or engine with the wrong coolant.
3. Timing belt – If your vehicle has 50,000-70,000 miles or more, it’s a good idea to check the Owner’s Manual for the recommended service interval for the engine’s timing belt. It can break without warning, leaving your car immobile until it’s change. Serious engine damage may occur as well.
4. Tire vibration – A vibration felt at certain speeds or one that increases in severity with the speed of the vehicle can indicate out-of-balance tires or tires that need replacement. Either way, don’t ignore the vibration – get it checked!
5. Alternator – If your vehicle’s battery or charge indicator light comes on, it may not be a battery problem, but a faulty charging system. The red light is essentially a warning that the system isn’t charging the battery and you don’t have very far to drive before the battery goes dead. Pull off the road as soon as it’s convenient to prevent stalling on the road. With luck, your cell phone will be charged, because you’ll likely need to call for assistance – and probably a tow truck if you’re far from a repair shop.