10 Dangerous things on your car you should not ignore

With proper care and attention, a modern-day car can easily last a lifetime, here are 10 dangerous things you should not ignore in your car.

Engine Oil Level

Engine oil keeps the engine lubricated, cooler and cleaner. Not checking and replacing the engine oil on time can prove to be catastrophic as old oils tend to lose their properties over time and do not work as well as they should, and the engine will overheat and can seize causing irreversible damage.

Timing Belt

Timing belts ensure that the synchronization between crankshaft and camshaft rotation is maintained. The timing belt should be replaced as per the schedule as it becomes loose or the teeth of the belt smoothens out over time. Depending on the type of engine, failure of the timing belt can cause the engine to seize.

Tyres

Always maintain recommended pressure in the tyres and keep an eye on the tread. Older tyres with good tread pattern should be replaced too as the rubber becomes harder over time and loses the grip. Maintaining proper pressure in the tyre is ensures longevity of the suspension too. Lower or higher tyre pressure can make the suspension work more and can cause them to wear out a lot quicker.

Coolant Level

All modern car engines operate at a very high pressure and to keep the temperature under control, engines use a liquid-cooling system. The liquid-cooling needs a medium that transfers the heat from the engine through a heat exchanger called a radiator. It is very important to make sure that the coolant level is optimum else due to inefficient heat exchange, the engine can get fried. Many cars do not have coolant level warning on their console, so it is important to peek under the hood to check the level every 2 weeks. You can do this at home or ask a fuel station attendant to assist you.

Suspension

A car without suspension will be highly unstable and uncomfortable. Suspension failures are rare but they can fail over time, especially the ball joints. Look out for common suspension failure symptom like clunking noise from the front suspension. If the car faces excessive vibration or steering pulling in one way even after wheel alignment and balancing, get your suspension checked. A broken suspension can leave you stranded next to the road which poses a set of dangers.

Steering System

Modern cars come with electronic power steering and hydraulic power steering. The failure of steering system can cause disastrous accidents. Hydraulic power steering systems will give you symptoms like whining noise while turning, slow response while turning or squealing noises when the car starts. Electric power steering can show symptoms like heavier steering. Be extra attentive while spotting with the steering system symptoms and get it fixed professionally immediately.

Clutch

Clutch plates link between the transmission with the engine. Worn out clutch plates can cause inefficiency, lower power output, and your car to overheat. Look out for loose clutch pedal, clutch slip (when the engine RPM rises but speed does not), and low fuel efficiency. Worn out, slipping clutches can overheat and cause fires too. Get the clutch checked by professionals at regular intervals to ensure a long life of the engine and the transmission.

Braking Lines

Braking lines become hard over time and can leak brake fluid. It is very important to keep the brain lines in proper condition. Losing the brake line pressure can cause the brakes to fail that can lead to big accidents. Get the brake lines checked and get them replaced regularly to avoid any such.

Exhaust Smoke

Modern car engines are made to emit almost zero visible smoke. Get your car immediately checked out as you notice blue or black smoke coming out of your diesel or petrol engine. We will post an article about the meaning of each soon!

Engine Oil Leak

Engines are made to be air-tight. All the joints on the engine and cases get engine sealants that can fail over time. Do a visual inspection of the engine chamber for signs of leaking oil. If you see oil in the engine chamber, make sure that you get it checked out. A low engine oil level can cause the engine to die and also increases the wear and tear.

 

Souce  - Do NOT ignore these 10 most DANGEROUS things on your car (Shantonil Nag, 2018). 

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Posted on Sep 18, 2023 by Panel Beater Directory

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