If you've experienced unexpected mechanical issues with your vehicle and you need to get it to a repair shop, the first thing you may wish to do is get it off the road and seen by a mechanic. If you feel you can continue driving it until you can have it seen by a professional, there are some instances where you may want to reconsider. Your car gives off warning signs that it needs immediate attention. If you find these things happening to your vehicle, don't hesitate—call a tow truck right away.
Loss Of Fluids
A big concern with mechanical failure is when your vehicle experiences a loss of fluids. There are several types of fluids and each one can be devastating to your car's engine.
- Transmission fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Brake fluid
If you spot an oil leak, you should have it addressed immediately. It could be a slow leak caused from a loose oil pan or a more serious issue that could cause your engine to seize up completely.
Antifreeze is often light green in color. It can signal that your vehicle is running low on coolant. If left unattended, it can cause your engine to overheat—leading to significant and permanent engine damage.
Transmission fluid and power steering fluid may not cause immediate damage to your car, but can make it difficult to maneuver and in some cases shift into the next gear. Both should be addressed before driving further.
A brake fluid leak is extremely dangerous. If you have faulty brake lines, you are putting your life and others lives at risk because your vehicle may not be able to stop.
If you notice that your engine is overheating or smoke is billowing out from under the hood, shut the vehicle off immediately. This means that your engine has run dangerously low on coolant. There are several reasons for this. Call a qualified towing company like Inner City Diesel Ltd to move your vehicle to a mechanic's shop.
Strong Smell of Fuel
Any time you smell fuel, it's important to get it checked by a qualified automotive technician. A fuel leak could indicate a break in the fuel line or a buildup of fuel somewhere within the engine. In some cases, this can be a real fire hazard. If you notice flames, seek emergency assistance right away.
Having the brake pedal go to the floor is dangerous. A problem with your brake lines warrants a call to your local towing company. Under no circumstances is it safe to operate a vehicle with no brakes.
Vehicle Runs Poorly
If your car won't start, it stalls out continuously or the engine bogs down and has no power, you should have it towed. You risk getting stranded if you choose to drive your vehicle with minimal power.
Calling a towing company allows you to get your vehicle in to see a mechanic in a safe and efficient manner.