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Hello, my name is Walter. Over the past few months, I have been working on my car. I never used to think much about my car. I would just jump into it and hit the road. Things were fine at first, but soon I realised that things were starting to go wrong. Strange white smoke started to appear from the exhaust. Sometimes when I changed gear, I could hear a strange noise. Foolishly, I ignored all of this until my car broke down. When I got to the auto repair shop the mechanic repaired my car and then gave it a full service. As he did so, I began my auto servicing education.

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Beware of These Common Car Problems That Are Easy to Misdiagnose

by Margie White

Before your car can be repaired, it needs to be properly diagnosed; if a mechanic cannot pinpoint the real issue that's causing your car to act up, he or she can't make proper repairs and might even wind up making the problem worse. Note a few common car problems that are easy to misdiagnose so you ensure your car is repaired properly when it's experiencing problems.

Pulling

If your vehicle is pulling to one side, it often needs an alignment; however, there are many other reasons for this pull or drag, which an alignment might not fix. An underinflated tyre can drag and cause the car to pull to that side. A broken belt inside the tyre can also cause it to become soft so that it drags and pulls. A brake caliper that is not releasing properly can cause this drag and pull, as can a bent rim. Be sure you've checked all these potential issues before having an alignment so your car will drive smoothly when on the road.

Dead battery

If your car's battery dies long before its expected lifespan, you may assume the alternator is bad; this is the part that charges the battery as the car runs. However, note where you park your car during the day, as extreme heat can drain a battery just as quickly as extreme cold. It's also good to consider the number of electronics you run in your car. A phone charger, aftermarket GPS, upgraded fog lights and other such features can quickly drain a battery, especially one that's low-quality and without needed voltage for all those features. Before you have the alternator replaced, consider if you just need an upgraded, stronger battery for the car and a shady place to park.

Engine overheats

When the engine overheats, your car's radiator may not need more coolant; it may simply need new coolant. Old radiator fluid may hold lots of contaminants and debris, which means it won't keep the engine cool. The radiator itself may also be damaged, causing it to lose pressure and prevent coolant from circulating around the engine as it should.

Note, too, that lack of oil or old and contaminated oil can cause an engine to overheat, as oil lubricates but also cools the engine. If the car has an oil leak or you always choose cheap oil when you have it changed, this can also allow the engine to overheat very easily.

When in doubt, take your car in for multiple consultations at different repair shops before deciding you need any particular automotive repairs.

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