How To Weather A Breakdown
If there is one thing for certain when it comes to driving, you are going to experience a breakdown at some point. This isn't something you should be afraid of, machines are machines, and they degrade over time. You can mitigate the risk of a breakdown by doing certain things and maintaining your vehicle regularly. This month, let's take a look at what to do if your vehicle breaks down, how to see it coming, and how to mitigate it in the future!
How Do I Know If My Car Is Breaking Down?
This one is tricky because, without experience or knowledge of the auto repair industry, it can be really difficult to see a problem coming. That being said, there are a few things you can look and listen for that will help you be more prepared.
Your vehicle has a normal operating state; you know what it sounds and feels like. Whenever anything feels different or sounds different, you want to be tuned into that and really pay attention. Make a note of what it sounds or feels like; that way, you can tell an auto mechanic more specifically.
Your vehicle might be experiencing problems if:
- It makes new noises you haven't heard before
- Has trouble starting
- Jerks while driving
- It smells strange while you accelerate
- Smoke comes out from under the hood or exhaust
- Check engine lights come on
- Your vehicle lights dim while you drive
- Your vehicle doesn't seem to have the same power it used to
Now, this is just a short list; there could be so many things that hint at a breakdown. Start by paying attention to this list and get a better idea of how your vehicle sounds and feels when it's healthy.
What Do I Do When My Car Breaks Down?
Paying attention to the list above won't stop every breakdown, and you want to know what to do when the time comes. Don't worry; this happens to everyone at one time or another, and most of the time, it is simply an inconvenience, and nobody gets hurt. That being said, there are some basic steps you want to cover to keep yourself safe on the road and make sure you receive the help that you need.
If your vehicle breaks down:
- Pull to the side of the road as far as you can
- Make sure you are in a safe location
- Stand on the opposite side of your vehicle, the one furthest from the road
- Call AAA, if you have a membership
- Call your insurance company
How Do I Prevent A Breakdown?
The best way to prevent a breakdown is with preventative maintenance. We highly suggest visiting your go-to auto repair center and establishing a regular service interval. You can establish specific dates where your vehicle gets the “tender loving care” it deserves. Your fluids, filters, brakes, tires, belts, and more will be examined and serviced. Ensuring that you stay on the road as long as possible and as safe as possible.
Come to The Auto Experts in Sacramento, CA, and we will establish regular service intervals to help you reduce the likelihood of a breakdown in your future! Don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with our ASE-Certified auto mechanics team; via our website. We can't wait to meet you and introduce you to The Auto Experts family, and please follow us on Facebook!