I think it's really important to know a bit about the internals of a car, so that when you are getting your car serviced you can talk intelligently with the auto technician. As well, there are many easy DIY jobs you can do on your car to save your some money which can make all the difference when you are young and starting out. This site is where I am recording everything I am teaching my kids about auto servicing, and because I think it will be useful to many other families as well. I hope you find it useful for your family.
When it comes to car trouble, a mistake drivers make is assuming that holding off on your car service until you are financially capable of paying for it will not make much of a difference. The truth of the matter is that underlying signs of car problems almost always become exacerbated with continuous use of the vehicle. As such, ignoring the indications that there could be issues only works toward paying for expensive repairs. Instead, it is always best to try to take your car for a tune up when you notice the signs, despite believing that it can hold on for a few more days or weeks. Here are some of the different signs that should not go ignored and that indicate you need a car service.
Your vehicle begins to emit strange noises when in use
All cars have their individual sounds that they make, and as the owner, you will know when something is amiss. Any new unfamiliar sounds that you experience should be a red flag that there is an underlying problem with your vehicle.
For instance, if you keep hearing clunking sounds when driving your car, this could indicate that some components have either broken off or come loose. Not paying attention to such a problem will typically mean replacing the components altogether, yet a car service would have simply resulted in them being repaired before further damage is acquired.
Another sound to look out for is popping noises. These typically indicate that the fuel detonation in your vehicle is happening prematurely and will need to be corrected by a professional auto mechanic.
Your vehicle begins to jerk or surge when in use
In general, driving your vehicle should be a smooth affair. The moment you begin noticing that the vehicle is not responding on cue and is instead jerking, stalling, lurching or surging, then you need to consider taking it in for a car service.
One of the main causes of this is engine problems. The underlying problems in your engine could range from fuel lines that have become clogged over time, malfunctioning spark plugs and more. It is important to note that engine problems can prove to be quite hazardous, as you will lose control over your vehicle, thus putting both you and other road users at risk when you are driving. Since it is difficult to diagnose the main problem simply based on the movement of the car, it is recommended to have an auto mechanic have a look at your vehicle post haste. Otherwise, you could end up permanently damaging your engine leading to costly replacement.