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4 Minor Car Problems That Can Lead To Expensive Repairs

On Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

We all have a habit of putting things off until a later date, in all areas of our lives. But when it comes to your car, there are a few minor things you cannot afford to ignore. It might be a new sound you hear that sounds a little different.


It could be a slight feeling that something isn’t quite right while you are turning a corner. Or it could be a strange smell that is barely noticeable – but definitely apparent. The trouble is, these small issues can often lead to major repairs – and an enormous bill.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common minor problems that can signify a major repair job in the not-too-distant future.

Oil level

Let’s start with something real simple, but catches so many people out – your car’s oil level. Without oil, your engine will heat up, burn out, and your car will quickly become an expensive wreck. According to, you should make sure you check oil levels at regular intervals. Also, watch out for any leaks.  A crack in your oil tank is a relatively easy fix. But a burnt out engine? Your car will, most likely, be a write-off.


Do you feel like your transmission is feeling a little sluggish? If so, get a mechanic to take a look. According to, the safety and efficiency of your vehicle are at risk if you don’t fix your gears. It could be a slight hesitation when you switch gears or a small stiffness. The point is, at this stage, it is a cheap fix. The culprit might be a simple case of balding tires. But let those problems develop, and you will find that your entire transmission needs replacing, which can cost you a small fortune.

Wheel pops

Wheel popping or clicking might not sound like a big deal. But it’s a sign that your ball joints are getting weaker – and the results can be disastrous. You don’t need to be a genius to work out what happens if your wheel falls off while driving at high speeds. So, if you hear any strange noises emanating from your wheels – or anywhere else in your car – get it fixed now, rather than later. It could be the difference between the cost of a new wheel and an entirely new car.

Squeaking brakes

Your brakes are, of course, critical to your safety while driving. So if you hear high pitched squeaking when you brake, never write it off as being bottom of the list of your priorities. It’s a big sign that your brake pads are starting to wear thin. When this happens, you get the metal on metal effect. You will suffer a lot of vibration when braking, and your brakes could start affecting your rotors and brake calipers. The caliper piston can hyper-extend, too, which is all going to add to your repair bill.

There are, of course, many other minor issues that can lead to expensive repair bills. But these four are incredibly common and should help you identify most weaknesses of your car. Please, get them looked at if you suspect a problem. It will save your car – and possibly your life.

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