4 Steps That You Need To Remember When Your Car Overheats

4 Steps That You Need To Remember When Your Car OverheatsOverheating is one of the things that can lead to stress and panic while driving. If ever you find yourself in this situation, try to stay calm and do the following steps to ensure your safety.

Step 1: Turn Off The Air Conditioner
Your car’s air conditioner makes the engine work extra hard. So once you notice that the temperature gauge is going up towards the H (hot) sign, turn it off right away. This way you reduce the engine’s load a bit which helps bring the temperature down a little too. This gives you time to do the second step as well which is to find a safe place to pull over.

Step 2: Pull Over To A Safe Place
Do not attempt to continue driving if the temperature gauge is already going up. After turning off the AC make sure you look for the nearest emergency bays or expressway’s shoulder lane where you can safely stop and examine your car. But don’t forget to put early warning device for the safety of other motorist as soon as you pull over. After that, pop open your hood to allow trapped heat to escape and pour water over the radiator once the steam subsides. This will help lower the temperature.

Step 3: Open The Radiator Cap
Keep in mind that the radiator cap will be hot if your engine is already in the brink of overheating which is why you poured water on it to help dissipate the heat. However, you should still give it some time before opening it because while hot, the radiator cap have pressure that can cause serious burns and injuries.

Now, when you sure it’s okay to open it, grab a thick rag and use that when opening it to protect your hand. After that, fill up the radiator with coolant (preferably) but if you don’t have it on hand, water works too. While you’re at it, see if your car’s hose are still intact and undamaged. Otherwise, you need to replace it so that the car’s cooling system would go back and function to normal.

Step 4: Restart The Engine
After filling the radiator with water or coolant, restart the car so that the water can circulate which would further bring down the engine’s temperature. While in idle, monitor the temperature gauge to see if your car has cooled down. If not, chances are your radiator is clogged or has a leak. You can go on and resume your travel when things go back to normal. However, visit your trusted car servicing shop or mechanic as soon as possible in order to ensure that your car is problem-free.

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5 Questions That You Should Ask Yourself To Ensure A Smooth Holiday Trip

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5 Questions That You Should Ask Yourself To Ensure A Smooth Holiday Trip

5 Questions That You Should Ask Yourself To Ensure A Smooth Holiday TripWhen planning a vacation out of town, the itinerary, food, accommodations, and activities you plan to do usually take up most of your mind. But, not overlooking if your vehicle is actually road trip ready will eliminate unnecessary stress that you may encounter on the road, really pays.

Answer these questions and see if you’re actually ready to take on that holiday getaway!

1. Do I Know How To Change A Flat Tire?
A flat tire is one of the simplest road troubles that you should expect especially on long drives. But then, even if it’s pretty easy to change a flat tire, the question is do you know how to do it? Don’t assume you can always find someone to help change it for you. So better learn this essential skill before you find yourself in a middle of nowhere with a flat tire.

2. When Was The Last Time I Had My Car Checked?
If you can’t even remember, then chances are it’s been a while. If this is the case, take your car to your trusted car servicing shop for repair and maintenance as soon as you can before your trip. This should ensure you that you vehicle is in top condition and lessen your chances of car troubles when you hit the road.

3. Do I Know The Emergency Hotlines?
Even the most prepared and careful drivers out there get into trouble because of circumstances that are out of our control like the weather. If you get caught up in such cases, you better know the hotlines of proper authorities to call for help.

4. Do I Have Car Tools?
It’s great to learn basic car repairs so that you don’t depend on mechanics every time something needs to be done on your car, especially if you’re on the road. However, having the skills is only half of the solution. You also have to have necessary tools to actually do the repair! If you don’t have tools, maybe it’s time that you buy them.

5. Do I Have A Copy Of My Car’s Documents?
In case you run into a problem, you can easily present all the necessary documents to the authorities. These include the original and photocopy printouts of your car’s official receipt, car registration, insurance form, and driver’s license.

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Top 6 Things That Says It’s Time Your Vehicle Should Get Suspension Repair

Top 6 Things That Says It’s Time Your Vehicle Should Get Suspension Repair

To know if your suspension system needs some work, here are some signs that you should watch out forMost often than not, people think that suspension is only there to give you a smooth rise. However, what you may not realize is that it can greatly affect your ability to control the car, especially when stopping or turning. Because of this, this part of your car deserve just as much attention and case as issues like oil changes and brakes! To know if your suspension system needs some work, here are some signs that you should watch out for.

1. Car Rides Roughly
Once it feels like every bump on the road has become so intense while you drive, it’s almost the surefire sign that your car’s suspension needs to be repaired already.

2. Drifting Or Pulling During Turns
Once your shocks are no longer able to keep the car stable against centrifugal force of turn, you will notice that your car “drift” or “pull” when turning. When this happens, it’s most likely because your suspension system is failing! Don’t let this go on for too long and take your vehicle to your trusted car repair shop immediately.

3. Dips Or Nose Dives When Stopping
Does it feel like your car’s body lurches forward and downward nose-first whenever you hit the brakes? This means your shocks are already worn out! If this is your case, it can really be dangerous for you on the road since it affects your car’s ability to stop right away.

4. Uneven Tire Treads
You wanna see a visual sign of suspension problem? Look at your tires! Failing suspension system usually causes uneven tread wearing on your tires. This is because the suspension isn’t holding the car evenly, and therefore putting uneven amounts of pressure on the tires.

5. Damaged, Oily Shocks
Wanna know what your shocks looks like if it really needs repair? They often look greasy or oily because damaged shocks often leak fluid. If you’re not sure, take your car to your mechanic to have your shocks checked and replaced when necessary.

6. Try The Bounce Test
If you suspect your suspension is going bad (perhaps due to one or more of the symptoms we mentioned above), try this simple test. With the car in “park,” press down on the front of the vehicle with all your weight, “bounce” it a few times, then release. Do it again on the rear of the vehicle. If the car continues to rock or bounce more than 2-3 times after you release it, the suspension is wearing out.

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6 Ways To Find A Good Mechanic

6 Ways To Find A Good Mechanic

 6 Ways To Find A Good Mechanic

Looking for car servicing in Singapore? I’m sure you’ll come across a lot of different service provider here. However, the question is, how will you know which among them is actually worth your time and their price? If you’re seriously stump, dig in and learn how to spot him.

1. Have A Good Look At Their Workshop
When you’re canvassing for a mechanic don’t just look at the person, extend your eyesight to his shop as well. Scan the place and ask yourself these: Does it look like the mechanic is organized? Are the tools and parts grouped according to sizes and types? Can you see calendars, planners, or whiteboard schedules in there? If you answered yes to all of those questions then there’s a possibility that you’re in good hands. A mechanic’s workshop may not be spotless but it should be organized.

2. Don’t Overlook The Receipt
Don’t just shove the receipt in your pocket and assume he’s good for providing one. See if the receipt is unreadable and if the mechanic won’t be bothered to explain the breakdown of your receipt. If that’s the case then you’re looking at someone who doesn’t expect you to be a regular client.

3. Check The Toolbox
A mechanic’s tools are the next best thing to his skills. Pay attention to whether he doesn’t have much and some haven’t been used by the looks of them. Or he has piles of them that are obviously spent. The latter are signs of experienced mechanic.

4. See How He Works With Minor Repair First
If you have a couple of car repair works, test the guy out with the minor ones first. If he does it well, gives a proper receipt without trying to convince you to get other parts of your car fixed or improved, he’s a catch.

5. Find Out What Brand Or Service He’s Good At
It’s best for your vehicle if the mechanic that will handle her is someone whose specialty is your rides make or the service that you need. Dig through car forums so fellow car owners can give you recommendations.

6. Pay Attention To Your Car Parts
There are instances where dubious mechanics will tell customers that they have replaced the car part already, when in fact they didn’t. The client can’t know that for sure and end up paying a guy who tricked him. Don’t let it happen to you; ask to see the original part. But if you’re with a good mechanic you won’t even have to ask, he’ll show you right away and ask if you still want it.

Now that you know how to look for a good mechanic, time to get your car over there and have it done!

The Essentials Of Car Care

Whether you’re a new driver or a veteran one, these car maintenance rules should be followed at all times. Otherwise, you’re not just risking your car’s running and physical condition, but you could also be spending money when you could have saved it and even risking your safety on the road.

The Essentials Of Car Care

The Essentials Of Car Care

Whether you’re a new driver or a veteran one, these car maintenance rules should be followed at all times. Otherwise, you’re not just risking your car’s running and physical condition, but you could also be spending money when you could have saved it and even risking your safety on the road.

Maintain Your Alloys
You don’t have to be speeding for your alloys to catch dirt or get scratched by rocks as you drive. While there’s no way of avoiding this, you can make sure they don’t cause any serious trouble for your car by not letting any dirt stick too long and cleaning them right away. There are a lot of alloy cleaner available in the market to choose from.

Bodywork Care
Aside from the fact that having your car splattered with bird droppings looks completely disgusting, it can also lead to damage on your paint. Try not to park under tall trees. But if you happen to catch your car with droppings already, remove it right way using warm, soapy water and gently rub using microfiber cloth. Microfiber cloths may be the most recommended material to use for cleaning your vehicle but if it’s dirty it may cause chips and other damage as well. So make sure you clean it before using it on your car. Also, you might want to avoid driving on rough roads if possible since small stones or rocks may hit the surface of your ride which can result to scratches. Or if there’s no other route, just drive more carefully.

Wax VS Polish
Car polishing is one of the most misunderstood paint care procedures and as a result many individuals skip this important step. Polish is an abrasive compound, which, when worked into the paint using the hand or a polisher, shaves off imperfections of the paint. It levels out the surface and makes it smooth, thereby preparing it for the next step of applying wax or paint sealant. If you wax without polishing the surface first, not only will the paint look dull, but you will also notice that the wax layer will wear off quicker than usual. So ultimately it is a huge waste of your time and resources. Because polish is abrasive as mentioned above, it is important to master polishing techniques especially if you are using a rotary buffer, or you risk burning right through the paint.

Most people love shiny cars because it makes the car look expensive and sleek. To achieve this look, they often opt to wax their car because we all know wax can help give that sparkling effect. However, the problem with this is that it is temporary and easily melts especially when constantly exposed in the sun. A much better option will be paint protection because it can provide the same luster for your car but is more durable compared to wax so it last longer.

Keep Everything Clean
Unclean car isn’t only unsightly but can also lead to unnecessary car repairs. It’s understandable that it’d be hard to squeeze in car washing everyday if you’re busy, but you should at least do it once a week or every time you get a day off and if you really can’t do it yourself then take advantage of the car grooming service that are widely available in Singapore. If you drive on poor conditions a lot, like when it’s rainy or on rough roads you have to get it done more often than once a week. You shouldn’t also forget that it’s necessary that you clean your car inside and out.

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Advantages and Disadvantages Of Investing On Paint Protection Film For Your Car

Advantages and Disadvantages Of Investing On Paint Protection Film For Your Car

Advantages and Disadvantages Of Investing On Paint Protection Film For Your Car

If you wait until chips and dings on your car turn into rust before you take care of it, prepare yourself for bigger problem and heftier car repair costs. This is why investing in paint protection is a must if you want to preserve your car’s pristine appearance. However, that’s not to say that paint protection eliminates all risks. So if you’re already planning on getting it done to your car, it pays to know what exactly you could be getting, both the good and the bad.

Advantages

· Paint Protection From Scratches
It’s such a bummer when your beloved car’s good looks get ruined due to scratches. When this happens, it loses its shine, it appears worn out than it really is and no longer looks cove table. The thing is that it doesn’t even take an accident for your car to get scratches, even bird poop that you failed to clean soon enough or loose stone that hits your car while driving can cause that. But this wouldn’t be a problem if your vehicle has paint protection as this will keep your car looking sleek longer than when it doesn’t have it.

· Protection From Weather
We can’t really help the kind of weather you’ll have in the place you live. Whether you have four seasons or two extreme weathers, all you can do is take extra step to protect your car from these. Paint protection in Singapore’s tropical weather will prevent your paint job from fading fast, it also keeps it from expanding and contracting which results to cracking where water or moisture can seep through the cracks and create rust.

· No Waxing
Most people love shiny cars because it makes the car look expensive and sleek. To achieve this look, they often opt to wax their car because we all know wax can help give that sparkling effect. However, the problem with this is that it is temporary and easily melts especially when constantly exposed in the sun. A much better option will be paint protection because it can provide the same luster for your car but is more durable compared to wax so it last longer.

· Front Protection
If you noticed, the most blemishes on your car’s paint can be found at the lower front portion of it. This is because you’re essentially moving forward so stones or other road debris hit this part first. While you can’t really do anything about that road debris, you certainly can do better in protecting your car’s paint by investing on paint protection paint!

· Increases The Value
Every time you do something on your car to either upgrade its look or performance, it either maintains or increases its value. By deciding to invest in paint protection film you are definitely increasing its value because this prevents exterior damage while making your car look attractive!

Disadvantages

· Price
Having said that car paint protection film is an investment should immediately cue you into knowing that it doesn’t come cheap. In fact, it may cost thousands of dollars. But, with all the advantages mentioned above, this investment will all be worth it.

· Wear And Tear
Naturally, the paint protection film will eventually show signs of wear and tear since it’s the one catching all the damage from the road debris, weather, and sunlight that your paint job should have caught if it weren’t for the protective film. However, since you wouldn’t be going out of your way to intentionally damage your car and will surely be taking extra care to prevent premature damage on your car paint on top of the film, it will take years before you see signs of wear and tear.

· Paint Adhesion
Vinyl wraps in general will adhere better to factory paint jobs on cars that have had no major damage. If your car has been repainted or the finish hasn’t been taken care of, the vinyl wrap may not adhere well and will lead to wrinkling, lifting and bubbling. So this is one thing that you should consider when having your vehicle installed with paint protection film.

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Car Paint Problems And The Proper Way To Address Them

Car Paint Problems And The Proper Way To Address Them

 

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Cars are no longer just a luxury; they have become a necessity too. But we cannot deny that despite the benefit of owning one, maintaining it means another addition to things that you have to spend money on a regular basis. Car repair costs are definitely one of the heftiest expenses of owning a car, especially when it comes to paint problems. To avoid dealing with it more often than you should, here are the proper ways to address common paint problems.

Chemical Damage
A lot of things can cause chemical damage to your car paint. Things from acid rain, tar, sap from a tree, to bird droppings. While some of them may not cause damage as quick as the others, still all of them can cause discoloration and pitting when left unattended for a long time. To avoid them, always park at somewhere covered. But since we can’t be lucky to find one all the time, just clean it off as soon as you see any stain on your paint.

Scratches And Chips
It’s such a bummer when your beloved car’s good looks get ruined due to scratches. When this happens, it loses its shine, it appears worn out than it really is and no longer looks covetable. The thing is that it doesn’t even take an accident for your car to get scratches, even using a dirty microfiber cloth to wipe it or a loose stone that hits your car while driving can cause that. But this wouldn’t be a problem if your vehicle has paint protection as this will keep your car looking sleek longer than when it doesn’t have it.

Weather Related Damage
We can’t really help the kind of weather you’ll have in the place you live. Whether you have four seasons or two extreme weathers, all you can do is take extra step to protect your car from these. Paint protection in Singapore’s tropical weather will prevent your paint job from fading fast, it also keeps it from expanding and contracting which results to cracking where water or moisture can seep through the cracks and create rust. It also helps if you park your car in a covered garage or parking lot as much as possible.

Stay Ahead Of Issues
Whatever the problem with your car’s paint, do not wait too long to get it fixed, especially if the car’s body has been exposed. If you wait until chips and dings on your car turn into rust before you take care of it, prepare yourself for bigger problem and heftier car repair costs. Without protection, the bodywork of the car can begin to corrode. Regular cleaning and drying of the car will be sufficient to handle most problems. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to inspect your car for more serious damage.

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4 Ways To Save Big On Car Care

4 Ways To Save Big On Car Care

4 Ways To Save Big On Car Care

Saving on car expenses doesn’t mean spending no money at all. It means getting the most out of your money and learning to do some things on your own, especially simple ones. Here are some tips that will help you with those.

1. Fluid Level

Fluid Level
It does feel like you are spending more by adhering to maintenance schedule when there seems to be nothing wrong with your car. But that’s exactly the point, by ensuring that you have the correct levels of oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, wiper fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid all the time, you can avoid expensive car repair as well as risking your life while on the road.

2. Be Friends With Your Mechanic

Be Friends With Your Mechanic
Do not be afraid to seek a car servicing shop near your location or try one that is recommended by a friend or family member because of warranty. If your mechanic uses quality parts and you keep the paper, there shouldn’t be any problem. Just make sure you’re on your mechanic’s good side and he’ll surely take care of your vehicle.

3. Do It Yourself

DIY Car Repair
There are a lot of car repairs that you can definitely take care of like dead battery, oil change, windshield wipers, headlights, and air filter. Aside from that you get to save money, you are guaranteed that it’s really being fixed, you get to hone your car repair skills, and most importantly you become more and more self-sufficient.

4. Have Tire Intelligence

Instead of buying your tires from a garage, check out a warehouse store.
Instead of buying your tires from a garage, check out a warehouse store. You’ll probably find a good deal there, plus there are a host of other bonuses as well. In addition to the warranty, you’ll also have the perks of your club’s satisfaction guarantee, and your installation costs may also include services for the future like rotations and balancing.

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10 Things That Make People Choose To Buy A Particular Vehicle Model

10 Things That Make People Choose To Buy A Particular Vehicle Model

10 Things That Make People Choose To Buy A Particular Vehicle Model

What are the things that make you decide that a specific car model is the one for you? Here are the top 10 answer to that question.

1. Reliability/Durability
If you’re gonna invest money on a car, you’d want it to last as long as possible without trips to the car servicing every week for repair. This is why the top priority of car buyers is the vehicle’s reliability and durability.

2. Interior Comfort
More legroom, power-adjustable seats, seat ventilation, massaging functionality, and rear-seat foot rest are just some of the comfortable features more and more car buyers favor.

3. Exterior Styling
Who wants to drive a visually unappealing car? No one! So while it may seem superficial to some, still you can’t deny that exterior styling is an important factor in buying a vehicle.

4. Gas Mileage
Why spend more money when there’s a cost saving alternative? There are a lot of fuel economy-friendly car model these days that consumers can choose from that don’t just save money but help reduce carbon footprint and increase energy sustainability.

5. Quality Of Workmanship
You can really tell a high-end car apart from not because of the quality of workmanship. A car just looks more finished and expensive without necessarily costing more when it is built well and better.

6. Convenient Or Likable Dealer
Cordial dealers who go out of their way to make things easier for their clients sell more cars than those who aren’t. This is because consumers like to get the best deals possible and be treated well.

7. Performance
Well, this may not be always at the top reason for a person to buy a car but this will always be among the factors that will be considered. Otherwise it’ll be the main source of problem the car owner will face in a daily basis as well as the reason for frequent car repairs.

8. Advanced Technology
Yes, it’s fancy but when your car is equipped with built-in navigation system, have multiple USB ports, touch screen options, voice recognition, and many more it definitely makes driving easier and comfortable.

9. Image Of The Car
Whether you’re the mysterious type, cute, practical, family guy, or tough one there’s a car that will fit your image. Most of the time people choose a car that compliments their personality.

10. Safety
Last but definitely not the least is the safety features. We all know that it’s hard to predict what will happen on the road no matter you responsible you are. This is why the more safety feature the car has the better.

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How To Tell Your Car Has Issues If You Don’t Know Anything About Cars

How To Tell Your Car Has Issues If You Don’t Know Anything About Cars

How To Tell Your Car Has Issues If You Don_t Know Anything About Cars

Those who aren’t mechanically-inclined, sorting out car problems can be a daunting process. Good thing is that by simply being in touch with your instinct more while driving instead of listening to loud music or checking your phone, you may be able to identify some automotive issues.

Use Your Sense Of Smell

Use Your Sense Of Smell

Do Not Ignore Odd Smells Inside Or Outside Your Car
Cars have a natural ‘car smell’ which car owners can all relate to. But there are some scents that you’d smell in a vehicle but should be given more attention to because they could mean danger. The next time you get a whiff of something odd in your car, don’t dismiss it right away! Stop, inspect the source, and take whatever action that needs to be done to fix it.

When You Catch A Scent Of Exhaust Fumes Stop Driving
If you smell exhaust gas in your car, stop driving and call a qualified mechanic to assess the issue before driving again. Exhaust gas contains carbon monoxide, which can cause loss of consciousness and even death if inhaled.

Smell Of Gas Or Oil Should Be Taken Seriously
Before anything else, turn off the engine before you check if there’s any leak. Then, you can proceed. If there is actually a leak, you will see oil on the pavement or smoke coming from the engine area. This smell can cause a driver or even passenger to panic because of the fact that fuel smell is a possible fire hazard. Don’t risk driving your car when you smell this and eliminate the smell as soon as you can, if you don’t know how to, call a car servicing right away.

Know How Coolant Smells
Sweet smell of syrup actually mean engine coolant is leaking from a component related to car’s cooling system. Just remember not to touch the radiator cap when it’s hot in attempt to check what’s wrong.

Check For Smell Of Sulfur
This is usually due to a poor running engine that leads to the catalytic converter not converting hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust to sulfur dioxide properly.

Burnt Rubber
When you notice something like this, know that it’s probably the slipping drive belts or misplaced loose hoses that might be rubbing against rotating accessory drive pulley. While it’s vital that you take care of this immediately, do not reach in if the engine is hot. Wait for it to cool down.

Check For Smell Of Mold Or Mildew
This smell often has something to do with the air circulation system. In this case, your cabin air filter might need to be changed or your AC or heating unit is having some problems.

Use Your Sense Of Touch

Use Your Sense Of Touch

Inspect The Dashboard And Center Console Components
This one is very simple to do, just turn on signals, windshield wipers, AC controls and audio system controls to see if everything is working properly.

Check The AC Vents
When you put your hand in front of the air vent when the AC fan is on you should be able to feel the cold air blowing. If not, then this clearly means it’s not working.

Feel Your Steering Wheel
Vibrating or shaking steering wheel is often a sign of wheels or brake problem. But if the steering wheel doesn’t respond accordingly it may be the steering column or steering rack. You may also experience delayed engagement or difficulty in shifting. If you notice any of these, it’s time to pay your trusted car repair shop a visit.

Feel The Pedals
Once your pedals becomes mushy where one goes to the floor before you even engage the brake, that’s a big red flag! This could mean your pads are already worn out or your car’s hydraulic system is malfunctioning. However, if your brakes tend to grab immediately at the slightest touch it can still pose a problem. Possible reasons for these are uneven worn rotor, dirty brake fluid or contamination of the fluid by moisture. Either way, you shouldn’t take this for granted and take your car to the car repair shop right away.

Listen For Odd Sounds

Listen For Odd Sounds

Don’t Blast Your Car Stereo
This is the reason why you shouldn’t turn the music so loud while driving or better yet don’t listen to any and just focus on driving. Sometimes the only indication that there might be a problem with your brakes is some strange sounds.

Become Familiar With The Sounds In Your Car When It’s Operating Properly
While it’s important to be aware of odd sounds from your car, you should know how your car sound like when there’s no problem at all too. This way, as soon as you hear a different or unusual sound you know something’s amiss and you don’t hesitate thinking it’s just a normal car sound.

Take Note Strange Sounds You Hear From Car
It could be a high-pitched squeal which means you need to replace your pads or harsh grinding sound that indicates you’ve completely gone through your brake pads and the metal of the calipers is already grinding against the metal of your rotors. Do not delay car repair once you hear any of these sounds otherwise you’d be faced with a bigger damage and cost.

Look Out For Warning Signs

Look Out For Warning Signs

Smoke Coming From Under The Hood Is A Serious Sign Of Problem
Saying that eyes should always be on the road doesn’t necessarily mean on the road alone. This means being on the lookout for any visual signs of danger. If you see smoke, don’t think twice and pull up to the side of the road. But it would have been better to watch out for other signs before the problem get to this point.

Check The Dashboard For Warning Lights
There are a number of warning lights on the dashboard that can tell you when there is a problem. The main light to keep an eye out for is the Check Engine light. If you find that this light has illuminated on your dashboard, take your car to car servicing right away.

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