Listen up, your Norco car is telling you something
At times, your car can decide to talk to you. How to interpret the message is where most people fail.
You can learn Italian, Spanish, or any other language at school or through online courses. However, there is one language no school can teach. That’s the language of your car.
Your car chooses no place or time to talk to you. It can be on a busy highway or a winding path to your countryside home. Particularly, modern cars have developed a distinctive language. They don’t talk like the old Chrysler of the 80s. They can groan, screech, or grind in an effort to tell you something is not right.
1. Snapping noise when you accelerate
When you hear this, one or more of your tires are dying. The tread is coming out and leaving the carcass bare. When you are speeding, the tread tear and wear increases. The noise is disgusting. For your safety and for your car’s bodywork, stop driving when you hear this noise.
2. Sweet scent more like pancake syrup
Unless someone close by is making pancakes, the sweet smell may be a message from your car. The most probable culprit is the cooling culprit. The coolant or antifreeze has a component called ethylene glycol. This substance is the source of the sweet, pancake scent. Maybe the radiator is ruptured or cracked, and it is on its last breath.
Do not ignore the smell unless you are ready to be stranded on a lonely road with your engine boiling. Act swiftly if you notice an orange, green, or yellow puddle on the parking yard.
Squealing is for pigs, and so does your car when sending you a coded message. When you hear that high-pitched noise, it is the accessory belt giving its last dying kicks. Cars from the older generation would have failing alternator or water pump belt and still make it to a nearby service station. It is not the same case with modern cars. The belt controls so many critical functions, and a broken one will leave your car dead on the spot.
If the squealing happens when you press on the brake slightly, it is a problem with the shoes or pads. Take your car for checking as soon as you have the time.
4. Engine revving… sometimes normal but not always
You are hitting top gear to build momentum for climbing the hill ahead. When the climb begins, your engine begins to rev while the speed does not change. If your car has continuous variable transmission (CVT), for instance a Nissan Murano, there is no need for alarm.
However, if your car has a manual transmission and the engine revs during a climb, it is not all well. The clutch is no more and has zero friction on the plates. No shortcut about this; it’s time for a new clutch. If you own an automatic car and it is showing the same problem, it may be more than a clutch problem. It could be the transmission requesting for a rebuild.
At Young’s Auto Care Center, we can decipher each of your car’s coded messages. Come and meet a team of Norco auto repair mechanics who understand your car.