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Reviews of common problems will help you sort between the good, the bad, and the ugly repairs
Let’s Start With Common Leaks
What’s leaking under my car? Is the color of my exhaust okay? Should my engine sound like that? We’ve all asked these questions. Consequently, you can get a pretty good idea of what’s causing many problems; without going to the mechanic.
When it comes to fluids, you can usually identify them by color. Grab a paper towel and dab it in the leak. If it’s green or pink, you’re probably looking at coolant. Power steering fluid is yellowish and transmission fluid is a redder color. Every fluid has a distinct color; so this is a pretty easy one to diagnose.
Your exhaust can also lead you to necessary repairs. White, blue, or black smoke coming out of your exhaust; will each point you in a different direction. It may be a problem with engine valves or your head gasket. So, it’s best not to delay when you see these problems; because they can get worse.
In addition, you should be listening for unusual sounds; and which part of the car they’re coming from. There are also common signs that you’re low on power steering fluid; and when something may be wrong with your brakes. Other common car problems include overheating; and that unbearable moment when your car simply won’t turn over.
The good news is that; there is a reason for everything in auto repairs. It’s just a matter of narrowing it down to the real problem. That is why mechanics—pros and amateurs alike—use onboard diagnostics (OBD); to help them find these problems quickly.
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