Owning a Car: What Newbies Need to Know

3 Signs That Your Car Needs Repairs

by Avery Ellis

Owning a car can be a lot of fun, but it can also mean a lot of work. Cars require a lot of maintenance and repair. The key to keeping repair costs low is to catch the problem early enough so that you don't have to completely replace anything. This is why it is important for every driver to know what to look for in their car. Here are a couple signs that your car is having problems.

1. Leaking Fluid

Generally speaking, your car should be dry. There shouldn't be any leaks that you should detect. If you do, you know you have a problem. The key to fixing the problem is to determine the kind of fluid that is leaking. For example, if you have a transmission problem, you will notice that your car is leaking red fluid. An engine problem will mean that your car is leaking oil, and a blue leak is a coolant or antifreeze leak.

If you suspect that your car is leaking, try putting a piece of cardboard under the car in park. This will allow you to determine the color and the consistency of the leak so that you know where the problem is.

2. Grinding In Neutral and Trouble Shifting

A sure sign that you are having trouble with your transmission is that you experience grinding while you are in neutral. For example, as you shift gears back and forth you shouldn't hear any sounds. It should be pretty smooth. However, if you notice that there is a pause, if the car doesn't shift easily, or the car is very loud and grinding in neutral, your transmission is on the way out.

A transmission can be one of the most expensive car repairs, which is why you should address it early. Depending on the problem you might be able to repair it, in some other instances you might have to completely replace it. 

3. The Car Won't Start

This may seem obvious, but if your car is having a hard time starting you might have a variety of problems. Don't assume that not starting means that you automatically have a battery problem. Cars commonly do not start due to problems with the spark plugs or the starter. This has nothing to do with the battery, and instead is just a little piece in the car that needs to be replaced. If the car even has a hard time starting once, take it to the mechanic. You don't want the starter or spark plugs to go out and then you have to tow the car.

By keeping your eye out for these simple signs you can protect your car. To find out more, contact a business like Ochoa Brothers Auto Repair.