Warning signs that your nose can recognize

Most cars start out with a “new car smell,” but there are other specific odors that should never ignore. Identifying these smells early on can help car owners be car care.

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“Unusual smells can be the sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your car. By acting quickly and making necessary repairs, you’ll be able to breathe easy knowing there is no harmful damage to your car.”

Following are the warning signs that your nose can recognize:

• The smell of burnt rubber could be slipping drive belts or misplaced loose hoses that might be rubbing against rotating accessory drive pulleys. Do not reach in if the engine compartment is hot.

• The smell of hot oil could mean that oil is leaking onto the exhaust system. To verify the leak, look for oil on the pavement or smoke coming from the engine area.

• The smell of gasoline is likely the sign of a gas leak in some area of the car such as a fuel injector line or the fuel tank. Any smell of fuel can result in a possible fire hazard, so immediate attention should be given.

• The sweet smell of syrup may be a sign that your car is leaking engine coolant from a leaky component related to the car’s cooling system. Do not open the radiator cap when it is hot.

• The smell of burning carpet could be a sign of brake trouble and a safety hazard. Have your brakes checked right away, especially if this smell is happening during normal driving conditions.

• The smell of rotten eggs is never a good one and, if you smell it coming from your car, it could mean a problem with your catalytic converter not converting the hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust to sulfur dioxide properly. This smell can also be attributed to a poor running engine, causing the catalytic converter to become overloaded and fail due to meltdown.

“When you smell any peculiar odor, you should not ignore it. Instead bring your car to a professional service technician.”

Source: http://www.carcare.org/2013/08/six-vehicle-warning-signs-your-nose-can-recognize/

Smoke signals of your car

Exhaust problems are some of the most common car problems. You may, at one point, have noticed that your car is emitting too much smoke or that your car has been releasing puffs of white or very dark emissions. It’s normal for small amounts of exhaust emissions to exit your car at any given time. Large clouds of smoke may even be normal if you have just started your car during a particularly cold morning.

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• On Excessive Smoke: Excessive smoke from your car indicates that your car is using up too much engine oil or fuel. This type of failure can range from poor fuel economy to a plugged catalytic converter. It can even be caused by a previous engine overheating incident.

If you notice that your car has been using too much oil and you see that your car’s oil level is unnaturally low between oil changes then it only means that your engine has been burning up too much oil too soon. This problem could indicate that our engine is having mechanical problems.

If your engine is in good working condition, then it’s possible that the problem could be with your car’s PCV system. Check your PCV system to find out if it’s in good working condition.

Otherwise, check your car’s engine valve seals. Look for signs of wear or damage. Replace your damaged valve seals if necessary. If the problem is not with your valve seals, then look at your engine piston rings for signs of damage. Repair or replace if needed.

• On White Exhaust Smoke: If you notice that your car has white smoke coming out of its tailpipe, then this could be caused by water or coolant being released by your car. There’s a possibility that the white smoke is coming from a puddle that has made its way into your exhaust pipe. Check your coolant levels periodically to determine if this is the root of your problem. It’s normal for white smoke to be released by your car after you start your car first thing in the morning. But if the white smoke continues, then you have an internal coolant leak.

• On Bluish Smoke: If your car has been releasing blue smoke, then the problem could lie with having engine oil enter into your car’s cylinder area. When this happens, the oil joins your car’s fuel and air mixture and is burned along with it. In the same way that white smoke results from having oil enter into the cylinder, this incident could also lead to having blue smoke exit your tailpipe.

• On Gray Smoke: If you see gray smoke coming out of your exhaust immediately after starting your car, then this could be caused by worn engine valves or piston rings. Check car parts as soon as possible to find out which parts need repair or replacing.

• On Black Smoke: Black smoke from your car’s exhaust may indicate further fuel problems. If you notice that your engine is not running as well as it used to, or if you experience consistent engine/engine cylinder misfiring then you could have either a leaking fuel injector, a dirty air filter or your carburetor choke might be stuck. Repair or replace these indicated car parts as soon as you can.

Source: http://automechanics.wordpress.com/2008/06/13/addressing-auto-problems-finding-out-what-your-vehicle%E2%80%99s-smoke-signals/#more-113

Check and Refill Radiator Fluid

Many people are familiar with a radiator cap that you remove in order to add water to your car’s cooling system. A lot of cars still have a radiator cap on top of the radiator but the majority of cars now have a sealed radiator with an expansion tank elsewhere in the engine bay. The older type of radiator cap was a metal push and turn type whereas the modern type is a plastic screw type which is safer.

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Cooling systems are designed to operate under pressure when hot and serious burns or scalding can occur if the pressure (radiator) cap is removed. Never work on the cooling system when hot. Always check the coolant level when the system is cold.

On the expansion bottle/ tank there is a max and a min mark and the correct level is more or less half way between the two. The main difference between the two systems is that the modern car has pressure in the expansion bottle/ tank while the radiator cap type does not and pressure is retained under the radiator cap.
If the level in either is above max you will have to remove some coolant and if under min you will have to add some coolant. As a matter of good safe practice always wear gloves, keep your face away and unscrew or remove the pressure cap.

The radiator cap type normally pushes down and turns first through 90 degrees and up, to release any pressure in the system. Then push down again and turn through another 90 degrees and remove.

Many people refer to checking the water in your car this is not an accurate statement. The coolant is a mixture of water, antifreeze and anti corrosion inhibitors. Normally you will purchase antifreeze from the auto store and mix this with water in a 50/50 concentration.

Mix enough coolant for your particular vehicle. Refill the system slowly through the radiator cap or expansion bottle/ tank cap.

You need to pour slowly to allow air in the system to escape. Once the level stops dropping you can stop pouring and start the engine without replacing the cap. The reason for doing this is because there will still be air trapped in the system and this won’t be expelled until the water pump is running which doesn’t happen until the engine is running. Once bubbles stop coming up through the coolant you can replace the pressure cap. If bubbles don’t stop it could indicate another problem such as a blown head gasket. Let the engine run after the pressure cap is replaced to allow the system to reach normal operating temperature which can be verified by looking at the temperature gauge on the dashboard.

Source: http://www.cararticle.net/how-to-check-and-refill-radiator-fluid-in-your-car/

Most common car leaks

Just as your body is filled with fluids that allow it to function properly, your car has a variety of liquids pumping through it that allow it to run at its best. And just as your body springs a few leaks from time to time, so too does your car.

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Below we take a look at the most common car leaks and explain what they mean:

• Coolant (Antifreeze)
Coolant usually has a greenish color. Sometimes it’s bright orange or pink. But usually it’s green. It has a bit of a sticky, viscous feel to it. Antifreeze is one of the most common leaks on cars. It’s not a serious leak to have, but you should get it fixed as soon as possible. Coolant regulates the temperature in your engine. Left unchecked, a coolant leak can lead to your engine overheating and your car dying on the side of the road.

• Gasoline
Gas leaks are easy to identify. Does the puddle in your garage smell like gas? Yes? Okay, it’s probably gas. Don’t worry. Just because you have a gas leak, doesn’t mean your car is about to blow up. In fact, some people drive around with gas leaks for months without having any problems. Fire and blowing-up-action-movie-style is still a risk with fuel leaks, so it’s important to get them taken care of immediately.

• Oil
Another common fluid to drip from your car is good engine oil. If your car leaks oil in drips while your car is parked and leaves a puddle on your garage’s floor, take it into a mechanic and get it fixed ASAP. An oil leak can adversely affect oil levels in your car, and if left unchecked, can cause engine damage.

An oil leak can come from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to:
1. bad or worn oil gasket
2. oil filter not attached correctly
3. oil coolant line corroded
4. oil plug not secured properly
5. high oil pressure

• Brake Fluid
Brake fluid is clear to yellowish in color and has a medium thickness and a slightly oily feel. If you see a puddle of liquid with these properties under your car, have your car towed to a mechanic immediately.

• Windshield Washer Solvent
Windshield wiper fluid is usually blue, but sometimes green or orange. It’s really thin and feels almost like water. Check the windshield wiper fluid reservoir and the tubes that carry fluid for any leaks. This isn’t a serious leak. It only becomes a problem after you drive through a plague of locusts, and their guts get splattered all over your windshield.

• Water
It’s blistering hot and you’ve had the car’s A/C running full blast all day. As you leave the shop and walk towards your car, you notice a steady drip of liquid coming from your car’s underside. Most people freak out about isn’t actually a leak. It’s just water condensation from the air conditioner.

Source: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2011/09/06/car-leaks/

Take care of your car during monsoon

Car-Care is something that can drive you up a pole at times. Moreover the monsoons can overflow your self-care ideas if you do not know how to take care of your car. Here we discuss a few quick guidelines one could use to take care of their cars during the monsoon.

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Below are five point priority check list one needs to immediately address. Let’s quickly guide you through what needs to be looked into for each of the below mentioned points.

1. Tyres: As we all know the tyres are the only contact your vehicle has to the flooded roadways. Make sure the condition of your tyre is top notch. It is very essential to have good tyres, as flooded roadways and rain make the asphalt slippery and one can face some abnormal skidding. So take an extra effort to check on the tread depth and the condition of the tyres.

2. Wipers: A bad set of wipers and you are sure in for some poor visibility. We advise you to check them immediately and get them replaced if required only with OEM (Original Equipment manufacturer) wipers. Beware of the second quality wipers available for your car in the market. Stay away from them. Your visibility this Monsoon is your safety!

3. Car Fluids / Filters: Check the brake fluid, engine oil, coolant along with the air and oil filters. If in a messed up greasy condition get them replaced.

4. Lights: Heavy rains and driving into the night with all sort of electrical issues is surely a risk for you and others on the roads. Make sure all your functioning lights such as your headlights, turn signals are in proper working condition. There is absolutely no compromise; you will be endangering yourself as well as others on the street. So get those functioning lights checked and fixed for better visibility and safety.

5. Battery: A ill battery is like an ill heart. You are not going to get too far with an ill battery. Get the battery checked for corrosion and specified electrolyte level, voltage. If the battery is ignored you should realize you would affect the proper functioning of your automobile and your chances of getting around this monsoon will be weak.

The above mentioned are just quick five point priority check monsoon car care tips.

Source: http://burnyourfuel.com/27981/burnyourfuel-monsoon-car-care-guide/