Owning a car is not just all about showing it off to your friends, or driving it nice and slow, but it is also about knowing how to identify the problems that your car has and knowing how to fix them. Some people would say that they can just bring it to the nearest auto repair shop but you will soon realize that this could be very impractical. Imagine spending a few dollars every now and then for a simple car problem, say an oil leak. It is also essential that you know how to troubleshoot some of the most common car problems, like for example a car leak, because it is not all the time that you have an auto repair shop nearby. What if you get stranded in a deserted street? You don’t have anyone but yourself and of course, your car tools.
Identifying car leaks is the same as identifying what’s dripping from under your car. Car leaks can be in a very obvious manner or the other way around. There are times when you walk out into your garage and see some colored liquid underneath your car. Well, this is definitely a sign that something is wrong with your car. However, there are also times when your car suddenly stops in the middle of the road without any hint of a mechanical problem. But when you pop the hood, you see that your radiator has gone completely empty.
How will you identify the leaks and what are the simple ways and general solutions to fix them?
1. Coolant. One of the best ways to identify the leaks of car “fluids” is through their colors. If you find a greenish substance dripping under your car, then a coolant leak is highly likely. Check your radiator and its hose to determine the source of the leak. A coolant leak is not as dangerous as a gas leak but it still needs to be attended to as soon as possible. A coolant regulates your car engine’s temperature; hence overheating can be a possible after-effect. Don’t wait for your car to stop in the middle of the road because it would really delay your trip big time. There are two simple ways and general solutions to fix this type of leak: first, you can replace your radiator or hoses; and second, you can seal the hole up.
2. Gas. Another way of identifying what’s dripping from under your car is through its odor. Gas has a very distinct smell; hence, a gas leak would be impossible to miss. There are two reasons why you should fix this immediately: first is it will save you tons of dollars. Gas is very expensive nowadays and you don’t want to waste it. Second is that it can blow your car up into pieces.
3. Engine Oil. One effective way to identify the leaks is to check for fluid level because what’s dripping from under your car can already be your engine oil. Oil leaks can predispose your car to engine problems. An oil leak may stem from various causes. If the engine oil leaks because of loose bolts, then tightening them would be a simple solution. If it were because of a defective filter, then replacing it with a new one would be the best idea.
These are just some of the most common leaks that you can encounter with your car. Identifying and troubleshooting them at the soonest possible time will definitely help keep you out of danger. If you are having trouble identifying a leak call the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Meyers Auto Parts (702 431 8000). Once they help identify the problem, they will have the parts to fix it.
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