So you love your car, even though you do not have the funds you need to keep it running. Either you hate your car and you do not have the cash to spend on a newer one (or less broken) at this time. Okay, these things happen. All those who have ever had a car that was used several times, or that they obtained for free to the grandmother, or something that is about to come to an end, know that an old journey will have its peculiarities. Some of those peculiarities do not affect how you move, or learn to ignore them, or magically arrange. That’s great, but many of the peculiarities of your old car could mean a big problem.
Most new cars are more robust than ever, and so are bumper guarantees. The days of regulating the timing and adjustments of the valves, the oil changes that must occur at 3,000 nautical miles, and the catastrophic oxidation in the first few years are almost over. But for all of us driving used or old cars, maintenance is never far from our minds.
So, if you have noticed that your car has detected a new and interesting feature lately and you are wondering if it is serious or not, check it with this list. If it is one of these 10 things, you may not have much time left.
Stupid Lights In Heaps
Why are they called idiotic lights? Because they’re supposed to tell you something is wrong, even if you’re not exactly mechanically inclined. An engine control light means that you must make an appointment with your mechanic, or if you are a shadow tree mechanic yourself, connect your car to an OBD-II diagnostic meter immediately. The more lights you have, the more your car will scream for help. And if the check engine light or oil pressure light starts to blink, turn off the car immediately and have it towed to your mechanic as soon as possible. Because the next step is the engine failure, and if you ignored all the signs, you will really feel like an idiot.
An Insatiable Thirst For Oil
The oil is used to lubricate your engine. He is not supposed to escape to the entrance of his house or to his exhaust pipe. If your car has a single leak that is getting worse, fix it before it’s too late. If it exits through the exhaust pipe, either in drops or heated in a column of smoke, it could mean that the internal parts of your engine are on their last legs. If it is a new problem, visit your mechanic. But if you have not changed your oil since 2012 and you’re already covering the neighborhood in a smokescreen, it might already be too late.
Well, Any Insatiable Thirst, Really
Like the human body, your car needs a quantity of precious fluids to stay alive. It is important to check and complete the fluids of your car regularly: oil, coolant, brakes, power steering, transmission fluid and even windshield washer fluid. But if you check every month and you realize that something is dry all the time, that means something is ready for grenades. It is no longer a matter of if, it is when.
Strange And Exotic Smoke
Speaking of smoking, if your car is channeling your inner Marlboro man, it always means a serious problem.
The blue smoke that comes out of the exhaust pipe means that you are burning oil. This could mean that your piston rings, valve guides and seals, or pistons themselves could be fired. This could kill your important (and expensive) oxygen sensor and catalytic converter.
The heavy white smoke (not to be confused with the faint steam that comes out of the exhaust pipe in winter) means that it is burning engine coolant, which means that the cylinder head gasket is made or, worse, the cylinder head is cracked White smoke could also mean that the transmission fluid is burning, so if it’s on a smoke screen and it’s hard to change, it could be too.
The black smoke could be a lot of things, including fire. If your car catches fire every time you drive it, it is incredibly robust and extremely dangerous, and we recommend that you get a new trip as soon as possible. But if fire is not your problem, it probably means that your engine is running too rich. With the number of computers dedicated to running your engine in a newer car, this could be any number of digital or mechanical problems. In a situation like this, it is best to take your car to the mechanic before your engine finally gives up.
Pistons and cylinders? Sure, everyone has heard about that. Spark plugs and fuel injectors? Probably. But a timing belt? Unfortunately, it is not as well known, although it is just as important. Its toothed belt synchronizes its engine so that the valves open and close when they are supposed to. They are rubber in some cars, metal chains in others, but they are important no matter what they are made of.
Many cars have interference motors, which means that the wrong time will cause the valves and pistons to collide, which produces a loud and horrible noise, stops your car dry and means you probably need a new engine. Most toothed belts should be changed every 50,000 miles approximately (distribution chains require much less replacement, if any). If you depend on a car with 180K on the watch and it works with your original timing belt, you are rolling the dice every time you turn it on. And if you do not know the last time you changed the timing belt to your car, you should probably do it as soon as possible.
This is what has to do with the engine of your car: it is a giant metal bulge that is built to withstand and contain thousands of explosions every day. Things like engine mounts, harmonic balancers, ingenious engineering tricks and even good insulation do wonders in covering this, but they give you enough time, and these things get tired, and the internal workings of our power plants become too obvious. A poorly lubricated engine (again with those annoying fluids) gives the bars, the camshaft or the bearings of your car the opportunity to break it. When they do, they usually make a hole in the side of their engine, and so, suddenly they have a new and expensive anchor in their hands. If your engine is running, there is something really bad.
In most of the country, rust is a scourge. Tilting panels, fenders, hoods and trunks can be arranged, but once it is the tin worm in vital places such as the frame, shock towers, fuel lines and brakes or mounting points of the suspension (in cold climates, usually a combination of all these), your car is almost dead. If an unpleasant pothole is enough to kill your car, you do not even want to think about how it could be an accident with another vehicle.
Creak, Creak, Bang!
If you are in a forward gear and aim the wheel with your right hand, your car is supposed to drive in a straight line, and it is assumed that your suspension will absorb road imperfections without too much trouble. But if you need to see, I saw the wheel to stay straight, your car bounces as if it were hydraulic, and its wheels creak, break and hit each time it turns, it means your front suspension is triggered. Their punches, braces, steering frame and ball joints are a great amount of punishment and require a bit of preventative maintenance. If you ignore it, eventually everything will be spent. And once that happens, it’s usually too much of a problem to solve.
Therefore, your automatic transmission is starting to fail, but it works if you let it roll and then step on the accelerator correctly. As soon as you begin to lose the gears, your automatic is likely to toast, and lashing for a few extra kilometers is only delaying the inevitable. If you have the funds, it’s time to buy a new transmission. If he does not, it’s time to put him to bed.
Gremlins In Abundance
Let’s say that you are the type of patient, and after not starting, disconnecting and leaving it stranded again and again, you still have hope that your car can be saved. His mechanic says it’s electric, so he replaced the battery, the alternator and the starter; It still does not work, and your mechanic has run out of ideas. Unless you want to spend hundreds of dollars on a new wiring harness, rip the board (and in some cases the windshield) to get to the previous one, then spend hours unplugging the old one and plugging it into a new one (or paying someone thousands of dollars ). dollars to do this), then it’s probably time to give up the ghost. God knows that your car already has it.