Noises Your Car Should Not Make
At the AA, we have over the years heard it
all, and by far the most common call we receive from our Members is “my car
made a funny noise and then it died” or “it clicked and would not start”.
We learned a long time ago not to ask what
it “sounded” like simply because a diagnosis based purely on the noise quite
often leads you in the wrong direction when looking to resuscitate a car. But,
having said that, there are a couple of noises a car makes when in distress
that are a sure giveaway to the problem.
1) Car Battery Trouble
You know the drill. It’s the first really cold week of winter and
you’re already late for work. Into the
car and turn the key – “click”… The battery has died, seemingly overnight.
That’s the thing about car batteries, more than often, they don’t give any
warning when they’re about to fail. That’s when you call the AA!
If your car battery is more than three
years old, go and have it tested at a fitment centre before winter chills leave
you stranded on the side of the road.
2) Car Windscreen Trouble
Most of our cars have tiny nicks and chips
on the windscreen - our road conditions see to that. If it’s not the early
morning frost, it will be the freezing wind chill that will turn that chip into
a crack as you drive - another noise you do not want to hear. Of course Murphy’s Law will decree that the
crack grows directly into your driver’s view and makes your car unroadworthy.
That’s when you call the AA!
3) CV Joints
Of all the noises to hear, the one that is
probably dreaded the most is when turning sharply - typically when parking your
car at the shopping mall. It sounds like
a rapid succession of clicks. This is your
car’s way of telling you that a CV joint needs urgent attention. If you treat
the symptom early on, the parting of cash could be restricted. Ignoring it until the drive shaft fails could
result in substantial cost - not only to repair but it is a very serious
personal safety issue too. That’s when
you call the AA!
You Want To Hear For Road Safety
From a safety point of view, winter means
three things – smoke, dust, and if you’re in the Cape, rain. So then, the noise you
want to hear is quite simple: flick on the headlights. Remember, as the driver, you need to be able
to see perfectly at all times. Headlights not only light up the way but also
enable other road users and pedestrians to see you – even in daytime! Put a
spare set of globes in the cubby-hole, they don’t take up too much space.
And finally, remember the old advert? “We
just want to hear ONE click?” That’s
right – the seat belt! They really do work. Please make sure that everyone buckles up.
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Safe driving this winter!