Self-maintaining your car may seem like a daunting task. There are some aspects that are definitely best left to a qualified mechanic, however your car may also provide some audible clues about what’s going on.
A fairly common noise is a series of clans and clunks as your front wheel drive turns corners. Front wheel drive cars, and increasingly seen in certain kinds of rear wheel drive cars, have what is called a constant velocity or CV joint. A shaft from the engine or rear differential transmits drive through a rotating joint at a constant speed. The joint is surrounded by a rubber boot and these can fracture and fail, allowing dirt and grime into the joint. Also, just general wear and tear can have the noises happen, especially on older model front wheel drive cars.
If your petrol fed car is starting to sound like a chattery diesel, a simple pull, wipe, insert and pull again of the engine’s dipstick will give you a visual clue as to what may be causing the noise.
Dip sticks have two marks on them to show where an engine’s oil level should be. If it’s below the bottom one, or is utterly black, then it’s time for a change and top up.
Another simple noise can be one that’s really attention grabbing. Hearing a grinding or squealing when you press the brake pedal? Brakes have pads that get pressed onto the discs and these simply do wear out. Once a pad has worn past a certain point its ability to slow and stop your car becomes non-existent, and can wear the disc itself to the point the disc may fracture. Neither is a good thing.
Have a chat to our highly skilled technicians about the messages your car is telling you. You’re in safe hands.