Ask Away...: It's A CAR-Tastrophe!

Friday, January 12, 2018

It's A CAR-Tastrophe!

With on average 2 cars per households, it can be surprising to realize that most people don’t really know or understand how to take care of their vehicle. As a result, cars can become a lot more costly than they should normally be. It is important to rethink your approach to your vehicle. It isn’t only a tool to get from A to B, but it is more often than not a significant investment. However, investments that are left unmanaged and uncared for can not only lose their value but also become a financial burden. You wouldn’t want to encounter debts as a result of poor car maintenance and management, especially when those costs are avoidable with the appropriate approach. In short, it’s time to learn how to avoid the most common car-tastrophes that could hit you or your vehicle.


Do you know that a lot of expensive car repairs could be avoided easily if you knew how to recognize the signs of an underlying issue and look after it? Indeed, elements that relate to the body condition, the brakes viability and the overall interior health are easy to sort out… and best of all, they don’t require any knowledge of mechanics. In other words, you have no excuse not to look for your car!

The paint is cracking

Your once beautiful new car has lost its shine and elegance. Now, the paint is cracked, and it even etches off in places. Was it a cheap paint job? More often than not, this issue has nothing to do with the quality of the paint. Indeed, your paint doesn’t only define your personality – most car owners consider the car color in their criteria of purchase – it has a vital function too. It protects the body of the car from aggressive external elements, such as the wind, the rain and more importantly the snow. If your paint is damaged, the body becomes exposed to moisture. In case you didn’t know, cars and rust don’t go well together. That’s precisely why you want to keep your car clean. Indeed, if you let the dirt build up on the paint, it can act as sandpaper and gradually sand the paint away until corrosion can spread.

Wash your car regularly

My brakes are loud
Do your brakes squeak when you use them? Or do they make a rasping noise as you drive? You might think that it’s time to change the brakes, but sometimes the noise is not an indication that your brake pads are worn off. On the contrary, you can have brand new brake pads and still experience a lot of worrying noise. If this is the case, you may want to check your disc brake rotors for rust. Indeed, the rotors of cars that are parked outside can suffer from rust buildup if they are not moved regularly. There’s no miracle. Unless you have expensive ceramic discs, you will need to park your car indoors or use it more frequently.

My car stinks

One trip to the park with your dog and the lovely smell of brand new car seems to have disappeared forever. Of course, you can rely on the traditional scented tree to hang at the mirror, but it doesn’t really sort the problem out. It only hides the bad smell! You need to address the issue directly. There may be hidden odor sources, such as dirty floor mats, suspicious accumulation under the seat or even filled glove compartment. Play detective and remove the source, you’ll experience an immediate improvement. If there’s nothing obvious, you need to vacuum the interior and steam clean your seats. If pets or young children have had a carsick moment, you might want to use a 50/50 water and vinegar solution to clean out the spot.


Can you guess the most common cause of car troubles? It’s accidents and inconsiderate driving. In short, it’s time for you to pay attention.

Driving in this snow?

While there is no overlapping regulation for using winter tires, the basic rule of the thumb is for drivers in northern states to change their tires. Admittedly, this year’s snowstorm has hit a variety of southern states too, so it’s important to check with the local authorities if it’s valuable for you to replace your summer tires by winter ones for the season. You also need to understand how winter tires can affect your driving performance to stay safe on the road. This article highlights the main differences between cars wearing premium winter, economy winter and 3-season tires to help you handle your vehicle.

The other car drove into mine
What if your car has been involved in an accident? If the accident is your responsibility, your insurance will cover the costs for you and the other vehicles and passengers involved. But if you’ve been injured in a car wreck, you will need to seek legal representation to ensure that you receive the best compensation to cover damages to your health, lifestyle and vehicle. As accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, being car fault to driver’s fault, it’s key to invest in a comprehensive car insurance and to add a cover against non-insured drivers.

Can I make a phone call?

If you thought that phone calls were fine as long as you used a handsfree car kit, then you need to reconsider your options. Indeed, hands-free kits are currently legally accepted. However, researchers have concluded that kits can distract you just as badly as sending a text message while driving.The question is: How long will it take for these to be banned from your car? Driving demands the utmost attention. Even listening to the radio can distract you and cause accidents. In most, the majority of distraction accidents occur while the driver listens to the radio.


Engine troubles are only expensive if you don’t understand how your car works.

Am I leaking?

Have you spotted a suspicious puddle underneath your vehicle? There could be different leaking issues. You can check the engine oil level directly under your hood. You should notice a drop if you’re leaking engine oil. If you’re leaking coolant, you should be able to check by removing the radiator cap when the car is cool. Brake fluid keeps your brake working. The reservoir is on the driver side of your car. The power steering fluid level can also be checked just by looking at the reservoir under the hood.

Help, the car is beeping

Modern cars keep the driver informed with the warning lights on the dashboard. Or they would if people knew what meaning hides behind each light. If your car shows a temperature warning or a powertrain malfunction fault you need to stop the vehicle, for instance. But not all warning signs demand a professional intervention! The better you understand the dashboard, the better you can react accordingly.

Know your basic mechanics

Ultimately, you don’t need to be a mechanics to understand engine failure. Bear in mind; it’s about understanding, not fixing issues, as more often than not you’ll need professional equipment to sort out the engine. So what happens when the car shows the “check engine” light? Open the hood and check for common causes. From engine oil leakage to dirty oil, your engine might struggle to work without proper lubrication. A broken spark plug can stop the car from starting entirely. Finally, a malfunctioning radiator can cause your engine to overheat, which can lead to fire hazards!

In conclusion, cars are expensive, and that’s precisely why you need to look after them. Don’t let lack of maintenance burn your investment in a vehicle.

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1 comment:

  1. This post is really helpful! Thanks for sharing:)


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