Your car may be well beyond being due for a MOT Check, however, you may not think that taking your car in for a service is something that you want to, or can afford to do at the moment. Fair enough, however, if you leave the servicing of your car for too long, problems can occur, and in this article, I will take you through some of the warning signs that mean that you need to get your car serviced ASAP.
The Check Engine Light is on
This can be a bit worrying, however, just because your check engine light keeps going on and off does not mean that your car is suddenly going to stop working. It could just be a bit of lose or faulty wiring that is causing the light to come on, nevertheless, if the light comes on and you notice something else is wrong with the car, it may be best to head to your nearest garage for a Car Check.
Leaking Water Pump
No one likes to see their car expelling fluid all over the road, and normally, a leak is not good news. One of the most common leaks on a car is caused by a leaking water pump, which is not the most serious of leaks, but it can be inconvenient. In order to determine whether your car has a leaky water pump, choose a dry day/night and place some paper underneath the car overnight. If you wake up in the morning to find that there is a green coloured substance on the paper that means that your water pump is leaking coolant and will need to be replaced.
The Engine Will not Start
If you put the key in the ignition or press the ignition button and the engine fails to fire up, then you are going to have to locate the problem. Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons why your car may not be starting, and they range from the trivial to the more serious. Trivial things might include a flat battery, a faulty ignition switch or a faulty fuel pump.
Overheating and Smoking
Overheating can be a problem for a lot of car owners, and it is usually caused by low coolant levels, however, it could also be down to a broken fan or a faulty thermostat. At the first sign of smoke coming from your vehicle, make sure you find a Car Checker as soon as possible.