Common Problems You Come Across when Driving a Used Car
If you buy a car that was in use, be ready to face the fact that it won’t perform like a new one. Most of its systems could have been working very hard, and you cannot really know how the car was taken care of by the previous owner until you start noticing problems. Driving a used car means that you’ll have to make some replacements and repairs sooner such as for example, buying a new set of all-season tyres or replacing the old engine oil. Let’s look at other issues that may occur down the road.
The problem happens when things that must be parallel (such as wheels) just aren’t. This condition causes them to move to the right or to the left when you hold the wheel loosely. The jumping or shaking wheel while driving also points to the misalignment issue. You have probably overlooked this problem while you were inspecting the car before buying it. But now that you are the owner, you must tackle the issue because it not only causes unsafe driving but also wears out your tyres faster.
Electrical problems are often ignored at the very beginning, but as they progress, they can become the cause of a serious car breakdown. When can you suspect electric issues? It’s when the electrical equipment (such as headlights, windshield wipers, turn signals, or power windows) doesn’t work or some lights (or all of them) on the dashboard are missing when you start the engine.
Automatic transmission gets damaged very easily, and its repair costs a lot. But you can avoid shelling out for a costly repair by checking the transmission system regularly. At first, ensure the transmission fluid is at the correct level. You can do it on your own using a dipstick. The low fluid level can point to the leakage issue. There must be no grime or metal particles on the dipstick. Another common ‘symptom’ of the transmission issues is jerks or clunks when you shift from the ‘park’ to ‘drive’.
Pay attention to unusual sounds and to how long it takes the car to slow down when you apply brakes. If the car doesn’t stop quickly after accelerating, it means that the brakes became less responsive and some replacements may be needed.
Fluids are important for keeping the car’s engine lubricated, cool, and clean as well as for the brake system and air conditioning. If you have noticed puddles or stains under the car when it is parked, it points to the leakage issues. Probably, you’ll need to have a mechanic identify the source of leakage. If you suspect an oil leakage, it can be easily checked by taking off the oil filler’s cup and inspecting it. If you see foamy residue inside the cup, it means that the head gasket leaks.