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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Audrey and today, I would like to invite you all to learn about the wonders of the automobile. I first became interested in the auto mobile after the death of my husband. Until that point, I had no interest in cars at all. My husband did all the driving and I simply had to turn up on time and climb into the back. However, a few days after the funeral, I walked into our garage and I decided that I would learn how to drive and how to maintain an automobile. Our mechanic has been very good at teaching me a few things and giving me some top advice.


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Two signs that it's time to take your car to a mechanic

Tracy Arnold

Auto mechanical repairs can be expensive and usually take quite a bit of time to perform. As such, you may find yourself tempted to postpone having repair work done to your vehicle for as long as possible. However, if you don't want to endure the hassle of a roadside breakdown, it's important to pay attention to the warning signs that your car is in need of repair. Here are two signs that mean that it's time to take it to a mechanic:

It's producing a burning smell

If your car starts to produce unusual odours, this may mean that it has developed some type of mechanical or electrical fault. A burning smell, for example, can sometimes indicate that the gasket pan that holds your vehicle's engine oil has sprung a leak (if this is the source of the problem, it will also usually be accompanied by other symptoms, such as puddles of oil underneath your car, as well as a constantly-blinking 'low oil' warning light on your dashboard, even after you have just topped up this fluid).

Oil leaks will not only put your engine at risk of damage (without proper lubrication, moving engine components can be destroyed by friction) but could also increase the chances of your engine catching on fire. As such, if you do notice a burning smell (or any of the other above-mentioned warning signs) you should seek out the help of a mechanic as soon as possible.

The car is veering to one side

If, when driving down a straight road, you notice that your car seems to be veering off to the left or right, you should take it to an auto repairs centre as soon as possible.

More often than not, this issue is caused by incorrect wheel alignment. If this is the case, you may also notice issues such as an uneven wearing of your tyres, a change in the position of your steering wheel (it might be slightly off-centre) and an increase in the vibrations your vehicle produces whilst it is in motion.

Incorrect alignment needs to be addressed quickly, as it can lead to a whole host of other problems if it is left unrepaired for too long. It can, for instance, increase the speed at which some of your tyres wear out (and thus lead to you having to pay for replacement tyres) and may even affect your ability to drive the vehicle safely, as you might find that the steering wheel is less responsive and that the vehicle as a whole is much harder to manoeuvre and control.