01 Oct 2021
Many times when our cars may have unusual niggles, quirks, or complaints we don't know what to do...
Here are four ways to find faults with your car:
1) Keep a Record
Problems with our car may be subtle or insignificant at first. It can be hard to keep track or understand what triggers and relieves them without first paying close attention. That is why it is important to begin keeping record at the first sign of trouble.
This can include making a note of any unusual sounds, sights or burning smells for example, as well as when they happen and what seems to triggger them. It could be that you experience a problem when accelerating, for example , or after a particular type of weather.
Issues with brakes or braking should be taken straight to an expert or a garage to ensure the safety of driver and passengers. But if the car is otherwise functioning optimally, then begin keeping your own records.
After a few drives or days, you may be able to see a pattern thaat gives you a strong indication of what is causing- or exacerbating-the issue.
2) Do your own Research
Problem-solving and troubleshooting can be fun and rewarding if undertaken sensibly. After noticing and keeping a record of your problem, it can then be a good time to do your own research
A good place is to start is with the manual of the car itself. This can often include details that we may first overlook, succh as what certain warning lights mean on the dashboard, for example, or other issues to be aware of.
3) Consult an Expert
For many drivers, the simplest and most effective way to troubleshoot a problem with their car is to take it straight to an expert. Whether your issue is large or small, the most reputable garages will be able to provide you with answers not only on what is causing the problem, but also how to manage or correct it. If this requires specialised parts, repairs or maintenance they can give you a quote and advise how best to proceed.
4) Get Technical!
Whether at home or through a reliable garage, one of the most sophisticated ways to solve a problem with your car is to use diagnostic fault-finding or specialised software. The latest diagnostic tools and equipment can read and interpret fault codes from a variety of car makes and models.
Once this has been correctly identified, you can then create a specific course of action to get back on the road!