Looking for Car Trouble

There are many signs that your car may have some issues. A car can let out odors to clue you in on 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 is experiencing some trouble. From an aging timing belt to puddles beneath the car, here are a few things you can keep an eye out for {hat may be indicating the vehicle has an issue. Remember, if you’re in the Canton, 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 is a warning sign that there is a leak from the power-steering or transmission. Smoke pouring 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 has gone bad. 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 can be so if you find yourself near Canton, MI and you’re having some car trouble or need some maintenance to keep the vehicle running smoothly, place your trust in our shop.

January 21, 2017