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Worrying car symptoms – what can they mean?

Worrying car symptoms – what can they mean? - image

Below we present examples of symptoms and possible reasons for them.

The car jerks when starting – this could result from the unsticking or wear of the rubber pillows on which the engine and the gear box are placed, or their screws coming loose. Another reason may be also the wear of the drive joints or the half-shafts. The worst possible option is damage to the disc or the clump clutch.

The car keeps veering to one side – after stopping, tyre and rim temperature should be checked. If the tyre is heated, its pressure is too low. A rim heated in its central part may indicate brakes blocking, and the reason for such a situation may be discovered if the wheel is taken off.

If a noise is heard, other than during normal driving, near the front wheels, and it is combined with the car’s unstable behaviour, most probably the wheel’s bearing has been damaged. A rim heated near the hub’s edge will allow us to identify the faulty wheel.

If a grating sound is coming from the front wheel area, the car should be stopped without abrupt braking as this may indicate faulty wheel suspension. Abrupt braking may result in the blocking of the wheels and may destroy many parts of the chassis and suspension.