Looking for Car Trouble

There are many signs that your car may have some issues. A car can let out odors to warn of problems under the hood or you may hear a clanking sound when driving across town. There are also things you can look out for that may show signs that your car may be experiencing some trouble. From wear-and-tear on the timing belt to puddles under the car, here are a couple things you can keep an eye out for {to warn you that your car may have a problem. Remember, if you’re in the Shelby Township, MI area and you need a certified mechanic to inspect or repair your car then bring it in to our auto repair shop. You’ll want to take a look under the hood every once in a while to make sure your fluid levels are good but you’ll also want to examine the timing belt. The timing belt is a ribbed belt that’s used to operate the crankshaft and is subject to snapping when it’s ran the course of its life. If the timing belt snaps it may lead to bent valves, cylinder head or camshaft damage and piston and cylinder wall damage which can be quite costly to repair. The signs of an aging timing belt are when there are any chips, cracks, missing ribbing or spots that may look like coolant or oil. The average lifespan of a timing belt can range from 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Outside the vehicle, stains on the driveway or garage floor will let you know if there are issues with the hoses, gaskets or exhaust system. Water will pool below the car if you’ve been driving with the air conditioner on so this is nothing to worry about. If you spot a yellowish green, light blue or bright orange stain under the car, this could be due to an antifreeze leak caused by a faulty hose, water pump or a radiator that’s leaking. Darker stains that are brown or black is an indicator that oil is leaking from a seal or gasket that has gone bad and a red, thin spot would be a warning sign that there is a leak from the power-steering or transmission. Smoke coming out of the exhaust can indicate a few different issues based on the color of the smoke. While most smoke coming out of the exhaust has to do with a failed gasket, the color of the smoke will indicate where the mechanic can probably begin to look for the problem. Blue smoke would indicate a failing gasket, O-ring or seal that has failed. White smoke means that water or possibly antifreeze is leaking into the engine cylinder caused by a head gasket that isn't working properly. Finally black smoke has to do with the fuel injection system or fuel pump. If you’re noticing any issues with your vehicle, bring it into our repair shop to have it inspected. The longer these issues persist, the greater and more expensive the damage may be so if you find yourself near Shelby Township, MI and you’re experiencing car trouble or need some maintenance to keep the vehicle running smoothly, place your trust in our shop.

July 20, 2015