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Mechanic Time! Here Are the Most Dangerous Vehicle Problems

February 14th, 2020
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Whether you own a high-performance sports coupe or a family vehicle, safety should always remain a big point of emphasis. Failing to take care of your ride could make it more hazardous to drive. When discovering potential issues, always have your vehicle inspected by a professional mechanic. Here are some of the most dangerous car problems.

Bad Tires:

Many Drivers Put Off This Very Dangerous Auto Repair Problem. NOT A Good Choice At All. Your Tires Are A Part Of EVERYTHING You Do While Driving…..

Which Causes Problems Like:

  • Poor Traction
  • Poor Braking Ability
  • Easy To Puncture Tires
  • Tire Blowout

Worn tires are definitely a safety hazard. To enjoy an extra peace of mind, have a mechanic check the tread depth of your tires. When there’s only 2/32″ of remaining tread depth, the chances of you being involved in an accident increase dramatically.

Not only do slick tires impact braking performance, but they also make your car more likely to hydroplane during rainy weather. Furthermore, old tires are more prone to suddenly blowing out after being punctured by a nail.

Fuel Leaks:

Not A Joking Matter To Any Mechanic. Watch Out Flammability = DANGER!

Common Areas To Get A Fuel Leak Include:

  • Hoses & Clamps In Engine Compartment
  • Fuel Filter Bolt Seals
  • Injector Return Line
  • Worn Seals &/or Gaskets

If your vehicle develops a gas smell, never wait to make an appointment with your mechanic. Continuing to drive the vehicle is a recipe for disaster. You could be dealing with a fuel leak.

Because gasoline is so flammable, a fire can easily be started by someone simply tossing a lit cigarette out the window. The fumes are just as dangerous. When inhaling gas vapors for long periods of time, you may start to experience symptoms flu-like such as dizziness and headaches.

Squealing Brakes:

Your Mechanic Can Almost Always Nip This Irritating & Potentially Dangerous Vehicle Problem In The Bud

Driving = The Need To STOP At Some Point

Stopping A Vehicle Requires Fully Functional Brake System Components Such As:

  • Brake Pads & Rotors
  • Shoes & Drums
  • Brake Pedal
  • Booster
  • Brake Master Cylinder
  • Lines &/or Hoses
  • Brake Calipers
  • Pistons
  • Brake Fluid
  • ABS (Automatic Brake System) Control Module
  • Wheel Speed Sensors

In the eyes of some experts, brakes are more important than any safety feature on your vehicle. You must be able to stop quickly during emergency situations. If your brakes aren’t up to par, don’t expect your vehicle to inspire much confidence.

Squealing should immediately raise a red flag. This sound often indicates that your brake pads need to be replaced. Automakers engineer modern braking systems with wear indicators, which can produce a high-pitched noise. Thus notifying the driver it is time for auto maintenance.

Burnt-Out Bulbs:

Totally Affordable & Quick Fix. You Must SEE To Drive. Other Drivers Must SEE You To Not Run Into You

Mechanics Can Usually Quickly Swap Out Blown Out Bulbs Quickly. Lights Like A:

  • Low Beam Head Light Bulb Replacement
  • High Beam Head Light Repair
  • Blinker/Turn Signal Light Bulbs That Don’t Work
  • Tail Light Bulbs
  • Especially Dangerous To Go Without Working Brake Lights
  • Hazard Flashing Lights – Probably Only Need Them The Moment They Are Not Working 🙁

Take the time to inspect your vehicle for burnt-out bulbs. Although a burnt-out bulb won’t impact the way your vehicle performs, it is a serious safety issue. Aside from limiting your visibility at night, blown headlamps make it harder for other motorists to see you during bad weather. Bad brake lamps are equally as concerning.

Also, malfunctioning lights are bound to catch the attention of local police. When driving down Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, don’t be surprised if you’re pulled over.

Smoke:

A Clue For The Driver It’s Time For Auto Repair. The Color Of Your Car, Truck, SUV, Or Minivan’s Smoke Is A Clue For Your Mechanic About What Auto Repairs Are Needed. 

Caused By Things Like: 

  • Leaking Valve Seals
  • Damaged Piston Rings
  • Worn Cylinder Walls

Blue/Gray Exhaust Smoke = Oil Leak Somewhere = Engine Is Burning Oil 

Smoking is never a good thing. Whether you see smoke or start to smell it, be sure to take your vehicle to a mechanic. He’ll need to track down the source of the haze. Unrepaired electrical issues could cause your vehicle to suddenly go up in flames.

Mechanical parts, like seized brake calipers and overheated bearings, can also produce smoke. Regardless of the cause, it’s a problem that indicates the need for an auto repair.

Wobbly Steering Wheel:

Some of the likely culprits include:

  • Out of Balance tire
  • Bad Wheel Bearing
  • Warped brake rotors
For good reason, a wobbly steering wheel usually causes a bit of panic. While your steering wheel is unlikely to fall off, this problem gives you far less control over your vehicle.

Rust:

Rust makes your car look less desirable, thus decreasing its resale revalue. Heavy rust also compromises a vehicle’s safety. As oxidation starts to eat away at the metal, it lessens your vehicle’s structural integrity. This means you won’t have as much impact protection during a collision.

There are some easy ways to deter rust formation. The easiest approach is:

  • To Regularly Wash Your Vehicle…….

This is especially true during the cold season. After a winter storm, you should rinse away road salt as soon as possible. Otherwise, do not be surprised when eventually you begin to see rust eating away at the exposed metal of your car, truck, SUV, or minivan. Additionally, your vehicles frame can even begin too rust away as well.
In conclusion, be a responsible driver. If you notice anything out of the norm with your automobile, take it to your trusted local professional mechanic shop. Have your vehicle inspected by an experienced ASE-certified mechanic. Addressing the immediate need for auto repair significantly improves the longevity of your vehicle. As well, it helps all drivers avoid unnecessary road dangers and stay safe.
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