Cars and bikes have become smart machines and many of them today are offered with features like onboard diagnostics and connected tech to inform us if something goes wrong. However, not every vehicle plying on the roads are equipped with these high-tech features, and the components that an onboard diagnostics covers are still limited.
There are a range of issues with vehicles that people tend to ignore or delay for some reason or another, which could actually lead to hefty bills at the service station if not addressed in time, or even lead to your car or bike dying on you in the middle of nowhere. Here are some early warning signs to look out for in your vehicle if you don’t want to face either of those troubles –
Rusting & Corrosion
Most of the vehicles sold in India make use of only 30% galvanized steel, which is rust and corrosion proof. Rust is a common problem for cars plying in flood-prone areas or cities which witness heavy rainfall. Rust continues to get worse if not caught when it starts, and it spreads quickly. Water leaks also widespread the damage since it sits in hidden spots and causes corrosion.
A slow response from your car or motorcycle’s transmission is another sign that your vehicle is about to die. Transmission slipping usually occurs when your vehicle’s engine revs, but there is no acceleration during driving. It typically means that the power produced by the engine does not get to the wheel(s). Once the transmission starts losing gears, you need to either replace the transmission or get a new vehicle altogether.
Blue smoke coming out of the exhaust means your vehicle is burning oil, white smoke means it’s evaporating coolant, and black smoke means that the fuel injectors are either adding too much fuel or that the intake valves aren’t letting enough air in. If you see clouds of smoke coming out of the tailpipe of your bike or your car, do not ignore it if you don’t want your vehicle dying on you.
All vehicles need various fluids to keep running smoothly, including coolant, engine oil, brake oil, power steering fluid (cars only), etc. If you find yourself constantly topping up either of these oils, it’s time to get your car/bike checked since these major components could stop working without any warning, causing unwanted trouble and expenses. Constantly blinking/illuminated tell-tale lights
Lighting up of the tell-tale lights, popularly known as warning lights in the gauge cluster is one of the earliest signs of something going wrong with a car or a bike. These warning lights are very important and ignoring them could result in some serious trouble down the road. If the engine light is illuminated, you should take the vehicle to a mechanic to get it checked.
Throttle response gradually becoming dull
If you notice that your vehicle’s throttle response has become dull over time, it is definitely a sign that you need to take it to a service station as soon as possible. Reasons could be as simple as a clogged or dirty fuel filter, or as complex as some faulty key technical component, which could eventually result in your vehicle dying on you.
All in all, it is important to interpret the early warning signs that your car or bike is giving you to ensure you stay out of unforeseen trouble.