What’s wrong with my car?

Common car troubles around Montgomery, AL and what they might mean

What's wrong with my car?

Every vehicle is made up of an intricate system of mechanics, electrical parts and fluids. Most car owners can sense when something has disrupted that system—it might be a funny smell, an odd noise, a check engine light that’s come on, or a car that won’t even start. While it may be easy to tell when something is wrong, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out exactly what’s going on and why.

In most cases, it’s best to see a mechanic in Reinhardt Toyota‘s Service Center who can tell you what is wrong with your vehicle with 100 percent certainty, but it helps to go in to your service appointment with a little knowledge on what might be causing your car troubles.

Reinhardt Toyota explains four common car troubles.

1. Vehicle Won’t Start

In AL most of the time when your vehicle won’t start, it’s due to a dead battery. You’ll either need to recharge it by jumping it and leaving your car running awhile, or replace it all together. If you car will crank, but not turn over to start, there could be problems with your ignition, spark plugs or fuel injectors. It’s best to call a mechanic to have it looked at.

2. Heater/AC Problems

There could be a number of things preventing your heat or air conditioning from working. It could be an issue with the condenser that’s either broken, or clogged with debris like bugs and leaves. Additionally, your cabin air filter could also be clogged with debris, obstructing airflow in the vehicle. Your AC could blow out hot or warm air when your Freon charge is low, or the refrigerant is leaking. See your mechanic near Prattville to have it recharged or replaced.

3. Rotten Egg Smell

If your engine is giving off a rotten egg smell, what you smell is hydrogen sulfide, which comes from the sulfur in the fuel. Your vehicle’s catalytic converter transforms the odorous hydrogen sulfide into sulfur dioxide, which has no smell. So, when your converter breaks or clogs, you will start to notice the smell of sulfur, or rotten eggs. In most cases, you’ll have to have your catalytic converter replaced by your mechanic, as it’s rare that it can be repaired.

4. Secure it

You are approaching a stop light in Union Springs and your notice your brakes are making noise. Squeaking, squealing or screeching breaks are usually the result of vibrations between the brake pads and rotors. With low-cost or semi-metallic break pads, you will hear noise coming from them as you brake. This can usually be fixed using a lube or paste bought at a parts store. However, it could also be a sign of worn down brake pads that, if not replaced, can damage the rotor, drastically increasing repair costs. If your brakes are making a lot of noise, it’s best to see a mechanic to accurately diagnose the problem or you could end up with more car troubles on your hands. Did you know that the braking system is one of the most common defects in a car? Read our list to find out the other most common defects.

Similar to the risk associated with self-diagnosing an illness, you shouldn’t try and diagnose a problem with your car unless you really know what you’re looking for. If you’re experiencing any of these common car problems, it’s best see a trusted mechanic at Reinhardt Toyota who can tell you with accuracy what’s going on and help you fix it. Worried the issue could be the result of a recall? Get your 100% free recall check here.

If you keep having issues with your vehicle, it may be time to say goodbye and start looking for a new one. Constant repairs can add up and it could be cheaper for you in the long run to buy a new car. Not sure where to begin? Read our article to help you decide if you should buy or lease your new vehicle.

If you need someone to help you figure out what’s wrong with your vehicle, book an appointment for service give us a call at (866) 673-7030

Reinhardt Toyota is a dealership serving areas within and bordering the Montgomery, AL region.