Often in life, we don’t realize how much we need something or rely on somebody until they’re gone. The same applies to our cars: they’re at the center of our lives, and we’re so used to planning around them that we don’t think about how we’d cope if they suddenly died. As a result, we need to be as well informed and as well prepared as possible to deal with any potential disaster situations. Check out these deadly warning signs your beloved family car is about to die.
Steam Coming From Your Engine
We often see steam as a big positive. The steam coming from your kettle means that you can now pour your cup of tea; the steam coming from your shower means that you feel all clean and refreshed.
But when it comes to our cars, steam is not so good. Usually, it’s an indication that something has gone wrong with a gasket, radiator or pipes and could indicate a leak.
Smoke Coming Out The Exhaust
If your car is belching out smoke like a chain smoker, it’s probably a sign that it’s in bad health. Thick, billowing smoke means that for some reason, it’s not burning fuel in the engine properly. Usually, it indicates some sort of severe problem with the car itself. The best scenario is that there’s a problem with the car’s tappets. The worst problem is that there’s something wrong with the piston rings. If the smoke is caused by flawed pistons rings, it’s time for a new engine – and that’ll cost you.
Car Engine Misfiring
There’s a story about the problem one owner had with his VW 2.0T ignition coils. He kept getting the same error message over and over again that the engine was misfiring. It wasn’t the spark plugs since he changed these regularly. So he deduced it must be the ignition coil – the thing that turns current from the battery into a spark that ignites the fuel in the engine. A quick change soon solved the problem.
Your Car Bleeds Oil While Parked
Another big problem many car owners have to face is a car that constantly leaks oil onto the pavement while parked. This is something that used to be seen on old, rust-bucket cars in the past, but it’s also something that can happen to modern vehicles, and when it does, you know you’ve got a serious problem. Big puddles of oil on the floor are bad news for your wallet, and bad news for any passing children who might slip and fall, thanks to the oil on the ground. Leaking oil can occur for a variety of reasons. Best case scenario is that something has come loose and needs to be re-tightened. Worst case scenario, your oil lines have rusted through and need to be replaced. Failing to do so could leave your car engine without oil, causing all sorts of hazards down the road. Not having oil means that your engine could seize up entirely and force you to buy a new car.