Although many brands very clearly display the “lifespan” of their models, several signals, even the most innocuous, can sound the alarm. These are indicators that should not be overlooked. They warn you of possible impending failures. It would therefore be preferable to better take care of your car before seeing it completely dismantled in the garage. And having to pay a bill that is far too high!
How to easily avoid breakdowns in your car?
Every time your car is driven, its parts wear out a little more. The owner’s manual, supplied with the purchase of the vehicle (you know that dusty little booklet in the glove box!), will tell you exactly when you should replace all the different types of fluids, including engine oil. It will also tell you how often to change your tyres. Anyway, if your car has not been serviced for some time, we strongly recommend that you take it to a garage to take stock of its general condition.
It works pretty much the same way it does with your shoes: when you continually use them for walking, their sole doesn’t really stay in place, it even ends up coming off. Result: your shoes no longer adhere properly and you risk slipping. Same principle with car tires. You should regularly check the tread to see if it is worn or if it is still operational. It is possible to carry out this check simply and quickly thanks to a small test. For this you will need a coin. A euro will do, but make sure it’s new and shiny. The objective is to insert the part vertically into one of the grooves of the tire. By observing carefully, if you notice that the golden area is entirely hidden (or even partially), then the tire is still in good condition. If you see a lot of it, it’s high time to change the wheel. Continue the test every 40 cm and make sure to check all 4 tires, as they do not wear the same way.
NB : The depth of the tire grooves is essential for safe and optimal driving. It is therefore important to always take care of the wheels by frequently checking the pressure and inflating them when necessary. Also remember to check the spare wheel.
You run out of oil
If you regularly take your car to the garage, you won’t really have to worry about it. But if you tend to neglect the maintenance of your vehicle, it is important to make good resolutions and to have a small check-up as soon as possible. In particular, you should check the engine oil every two months.
Need a reminder on how to check your oil? Be sure to park your car on a level surface. Turn off the engine and wait for it to cool down (it will still help to start the vehicle for a few minutes so the fluids can start moving a bit). Then open the hood. Take out the dipstick and wipe it with a paper towel or rag. Replace it and push it in all the way. Wait a few more seconds before removing the dipstick again. Now is the time to check the oil level (you must refer to the “MIN” and “MAX” indications). If you notice that the level is too low, you must top it up by pouring a little oil gradually. You must reach the “MAX” level without exceeding it of course. Replace the dipstick.
NB : If you want to make sure you are using the correct oil, always consult the manual. And above all, remember to always check the oil level before traveling and every 2000 km.
Do your brakes look different than normal or smell strange? If so, tell yourself that something is wrong. Brakes are made up of many different parts (pads, rotors, hydraulic cylinders, hoses, etc.) and all of these must work properly. For example, when your brakes squeal, it’s probably related to the rotors. If you smell plastic or burning, it may be due to heavy wear on the bearings. If this happens regularly, the parts in question definitely need to be replaced.
Engine light is on
This is an important indicator: admittedly, it may just be a sign that you forgot to tighten the cap properly gasoline. But it can also hide a more serious problem. Perhaps this is an alarm that the car needs immediate maintenance. Generally speaking, when the check engine light comes on, you should take it to a garage as soon as possible. This way, the mechanic will be able to better detect the problem before it becomes dangerous.