Signs of Engine trouble

You rely on your vehicle to get you from Point A to Point B, which is why you mourn when it stalls. Did you know that your car gives warning signs of possible mechanical problems before leaving you stranded on the side of the road? Below are three signs that your automobile may not be operating at its best.

1. Your car hesitates to start

Some drivers go to the worst possible scenario when their cars take too long to fire up. The battery has a way of dimming your interior lights and, when ignored, leading to your car giving zero juice when you need it to crank up and go.

On average, a battery lasts for up to three years. You may be able to jump-start your charging station once if it fails to power your vehicle one morning. You should, however, look towards another battery after the sudden surge and definitely consider buying another battery if it is more than five years old.

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2. Various sounds cloud your morning or evening commute

Whispers and rattles coming from underneath your hood could be an indication of a worn alternator. The alternator is just as important as the battery since it works to give your power station a continuous charge while driving. Lights that are dimmer than normal are usually a sign of a draining alternator. You definitely need to look into buying another component if you cannot leave your lights on for an extended period without draining the battery.

“Check Engine” and other scary lights on the dashboard

The first thing that drivers do when they see the “Check Engine” light illuminating on their dashboard is panic. There is no doubt that engine problems can cost you thousands. Your “Check Engine” light may be flashing for something minor, though.

There are many components that make up an engine. It is not uncommon for a warning light to flash when a small component is out of place. Perhaps one of the valves is stuck and needs a bit of lubrication to work properly. It is better for you to address the issue when it is small instead of ignoring it until it becomes much larger.

Having an engine that works properly ensures both efficiency and safety on the road. Stop by David Maus VW North today to let a skilled technician make sure that your car is in tip-top shape.

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