A Vehicle That Overheats & Jerks


Have you noticed that your vehicle has been overheating and slightly jerking a lot lately? These types of problems your vehicle has are bad because they can point to major problems needing attention. For instance, there is the possibility that the engine and transmission are in bad shape, which can lead to you not being able to drive the vehicle if they are not repaired soon enough. However, problems that seem major can also be related to something simple and affordable being needed to fix them. Ask yourself the questions below to gain a general understanding of the types of repairs that your vehicle might need.

When Did Your Vehicle Last Receive Maintenance?

Did you know that obtaining maintenance for your vehicle can prevent it from developing major problems? If you have not taken your vehicle to a mechanic to get serviced, doing so might resolve the problems that it has. For example, overheating might simply be the result of more coolant being needed in the vehicle. As for the jerking, there is the possibility that a refill of transmission fluid is needed so the gears function in a smooth manner. The tires, oil level, and several other things are usually inspected when a vehicle is serviced as well.

Does the Check Engine Light Stay On?

If the check engine light remains on while you are driving your vehicle, it can point to a major repair being needed. Your engine may be in a condition that is damaged to the extent of it needing to be replaced. Driving with a bad engine isn't a good idea because it will continue to get worse and can also lead to your vehicle catching on fire. Eventually, a bad engine will stop working, and you will no longer be able to turn the vehicle on. Keep in mind that the check engine light can also be indirectly related to the engine, which is why you need a mechanic to make a diagnosis. 

Have You Noticed Any Difficulties Changing Gears?

When gears are not functioning properly, it is often related to the transmission being problematic. A jerking vehicle can be directly related to the transmission needing some work done. To get to the root of why your vehicle jerks, ask an auto maintenance mechanic to inspect the gears, engine, transmission fluid, and the actual transmission, as they can all be related to the issue. Take note that if a transmission isn't repaired in a speedy manner, it can go out completely, which can be expensive to replace.


5 October 2018

Knowing the Early Signs of Car Trouble

After my car died and I was stranded on the freeway a few years back, I knew that I had to do what I could to avoid similar issues in the future. I began working hard to identify different issues with my car, so that I could prevent problems. I began working with a mechanic to get help, and he taught me a lot about going through my car and being able to evaluate different things that were problems. It was really interesting to explore the possibilities of different car failures, and before I knew it, I could tell when my car was struggling. Read more about the early signs of car trouble on my blog.