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Diagnosing Car Problems at the First Sign: Detect Trouble in Your Car Using Your Senses!

Educational  ·  December 15, 2021

Diagnosing Car Problems at the First Sign: Detect Trouble in Your Car Using Your Senses!

Develop the ability to diagnose car problems long before they become full-blown problems. Make sure to See, Smell, Hear, and Feel these Telltale signs!

It will take a good dose of familiarity with your car before you become fully capable of ‘sensing’ trouble. Fortunately, it’s not like an innate ability that you’re either born with or without but instead a skill that you can hone. Besides, there will be clues to tell you that something’s not right; you only need to heed them.

Diagnosing Car Problems, How-to

1. Look and observe the area where you park your car.

Diagnosing car problems start with keenly observing your car and its surroundings. Do you see puddles or wet spots on the ground where you park your car? Occasional wetness under a vehicle is normal and can come from condensed water droplets from the AC. If you notice this happening more than a few times, however, pay more attention to it. Check the fluid’s colour and consistency. 

In another post, we'll also tell you how to diagnose car problems by the colour of your car's exhaust gas.

2. Smell a problem with these giveaway odours. 

Some car troubles are associated with distinct smells, so diagnosing car problems becomes relatively easy to do with a sensitive nose.

3. Listen to your car’s grunts and groans.

You may have heard most of these sounds but never really listened or understood. Diagnosing car problems by sound is not all that alien. Here’s how you translate them.

4. Feel how a ride differs from usual. 

If a ride feels particularly rough or difficult or sluggish, then observing how it deviates from its normal performance is yet another way to diagnose car problems.

Understand and Act on Car Problems Promptly

These are just some of the issues affecting cars and its many parts. What’s crucial is that you understand the language your car speaks. By diagnosing car problems early, you can act on them right away.

Before trouble finds its way to your car, you should know ahead of time which repair shops and specialists to contact. CarPart’s directory will be very useful for this purpose. For finding replacement parts, the best way would be to request a part and let do the searching for you. It’s a simple, free and effective method for locating auto parts wherever you are in Australia. 

By Jeannette (JMSL)

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