Cars can be problematic and mysterious, especially for those who have never had any interest in them. You don’t really have to be an expert to drive, but it would be good to know something. Or at least be able to know when there’s something wrong before it (literally or not) blows up. How can you diagnose your car if you have no knowledge about vehicles?

  1. Smell it – you will certainly notice any unusual smells so don’t ignore them. Exhaust fumes? Gas? Oil? Coolant? You shouldn’t be smelling too much of any of that while you’re driving. Sulphur? Burnt wood or rubber? Mould or mildew? These are all warning smells. It’s not worth taking any risks.
  2. Touch it – you can sense unusual vibrations when a problem occurs, you should also test your dashboard, center console and AC vents components regularly. Plus, feel your steering wheel and pedals. They ought to work smoothly.
  3. Listen to it – when you get a car, learn its usual sounds so that you can tell later when something is wrong. Creaking or squeaking usually means troubles, the same as popping sounds or weird clicking. Or maybe you hear something when you hit the breaks? It can be dangerous when ignored.
  4. Watch it – don’t ignore any warning lights, keep an eye on your dashboard and watch your car for any disturbing issues, e.g. smoke, even if it’s only a little.

There are also various apps you can use to diagnose your car before going to a mechanic to know more about p0010 code and other mysterious things. And to explore the topic of car breakdowns, diagnostics and repairs, see this infographic:

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