When your car starts playing up, it can often become a very stressful and laborious task to locate the problem. Obviously, if you’ve now only got 3 wheels, the issue is pretty self explanatory, but if you’re experiencing engine trouble, especially with new models, correctly diagnosing the problem can be a little bit more tricky.
You might have warning lights on the dashboard or hear strange noises coming from under the hood, but whatever predicament you find yourself in, this guide should help to elevate some of your concerns whilst also answer some of your burning questions.
So if you’re having trouble with your old car or a brand new model you’ve just bought from an online motor website, you should find the information here quite useful.
When The Car Won’t Start
If you’ve woken up early for your daily commute to work only to find that your engine just won’t start, there are a couple of things you should try before calling a mechanic. First, check your fuses, as non-starters commonly experience electronic problems. If you find that the fuses are in perfect working order, try to clean your battery, as dirt can sometimes causing erosion, and this is guaranteed to affect the functionality of your starter motor.
Lights On The Dashboard
It’s often difficult to assess what issues could be causing bulbs to light up on your dashboard because all cars are different, but if you see an oil or battery light, this should give you some indication of where the problem might originate. If there are bulbs lit for lights you’re unsure of, try to have a quick read through your manual to find out what they mean.
Strange Noises Coming From The Engine
Most cars make odd noises from time to time, just like most houses will creak occasionally, but if you’re constantly encountering sounds that seem strange (especially the sound of knocking), this probably means there is a problem. Try performing an engine compression or mains relay test, as these will usually give you some idea about the issue. Failing that, you probably should call a mechanic.
If you’re convinced that your brakes aren’t working correctly, you shouldn’t drive the car – it’s as simple as that. However, there are a couple of things you can try before spending hundreds of pounds at your local garage. First check the level of brake fluid in your vehicle, if it’s very low, simply fill it back up and see if this makes a difference. Then take a look at your brake pads, if they’re very worn make sure you purchase some replacements as quickly as possible, as you’re risking causing damage to your wheel and axle.
So there you have it my friends. A short and “to the point” guide to diagnosing vehicle issues yourself. Unfortunately, if you’re having serious problems, paying for a professional to look over the vehicle is really your only option, but that doesn’t mean you can’t first have a go yourself. You never know; it could be something easily remedied.