How To Know

When it comes to replacing a part for your car, in many cases you won’t need to have the intelligence of a brain surgeon to know what it is that needs fixing. For example, you have a huge dent in your door or your gear stick breaks.

However, unless you are somewhat of a petrol head with a decent understanding of car mechanics, you will probably struggle to tell what the issue is if there is a problem internally – with the engine for example.

Having a good understanding of some common fault signs can save you a lot of time and money – it allows you to diagnose the problem yourself without having to go to a garage to do so.

Another way to keep yourself one step ahead of the game is to regularly check for manufacturer updates to find out if there any faults with your particular make and model – such as a gearbox problem with 2010 Mercedes B-Class models or a braking issue with 2012 Ford Fiestas.

Here are a few ways to tell when there is a fault with your vehicle.

Tyres – Tyres are one of the easier components of a car to spot a fault in. You can do this visually by checking for cuts and bulges, and measuring the tread depth. If the tread depth is less than 1.6mm or you can see any significant cuts or bulges then your tyres need replacing.

Engine – When it comes to a car engine there is a much wider range of faults that can occur, and as such there are numerous signs to look for. One of the first things you can check for is warning lights. If any are lit up that aren’t usually, then you know something is wrong. Search the internet to find out what the problem is for a particular warning light.

If your car is jerking or stalling in first gear then this is usually an engine problem too – often fouled spark plugs. Additionally, any unusual noises or foul smells often indicate that you need to have your motor fixed. A bad smell from the bonnet could mean there is an oil coolant leak.