How to Diagnose a Mechanical Problem

This new generation of cars is amazing. It seems like every year a new class of cars comes out with newer and better features. Technology is advancing and even the most basic cars now use sophisticated computers to operate. The new advances in auto technology are great and they make life a lot easier. But despite those advances, cars still have numerous mechanical components that break down.

And even those most advance tools can’t diagnose mechanical problems. So how does a technician diagnose a mechanical problem? Thankfully, there are other methods to diagnose car problems besides computerized tools. The following “tools” are the most common methods they use.

Standard Diagnosing Tools

Vibrations & Movements – one way to diagnose mechanical problems is to pay attention to how it feels when you drive it. You mechanic can take your vehicle for a test drive and feel for any strange movements or vibrations. If your vehicle shakes or vibrates there are a variety of causes. The issue could be in your transmission, your steering, suspension, or even from bad tires or wheel alignment.

Worn out brake pads or rotors can also causing vibrating or shaking. If you notice any unusual movements or shakes you should contact your mechanic. Bring it in to Hoesly Automotive and we’ll take it for a test drive to help us determine where the shaking is coming from.

Bad or Strong Smells – when technicians are looking for the source of a mechanical problem sometimes they simply rely on their noses. In other words, if they notice any strong or bad smells that’s a sign something is wrong. The bad fumes could be coming from the exhaust. It could be burning oil or it might be the smell of gas, or even burning rubber. Any of these smells is a sign of trouble. 

Technicians can use their sense of smell to determine where the scent is coming from and what it is. That makes it easier to narrow down the problem and ultimately pinpoint it. Once they find the problem they can fix it.

Weird Sounds and Noises – mechanics can use another one of their senses to find auto problems. A mechanic’s ears are a great way to find and diagnose issues with your car. If your vehicle runs quietly and you don’t notice any unusual sounds this won’t work. But if you or your mechanic notice any knocks, clangs, or other loud noises, that’s a clear sign something is wrong with your vehicle. And often, mechanical problems cause those kinds of sounds.

For example, if you hear a squeaking noise when you turn that could be your suspension. If your brakes are squeaking or grinding then your rotors, pads, or drums could be bad. If you have problem with a belt then you might hear some popping or clicking sounds. But no matter the noise, if it’s not a normal sound you should get it checked out.

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If you’re vehicle is having any kind of mechanical issue you can use your senses to diagnose it. If you still can’t figure out what’s wrong then bring it in to our downtown Vancouver auto repair shop. We have the right tools and the right expertise to directly diagnose the problem and get it repaired. So come to Hoesly Automotive for expert auto repair service at a competitive price. Our goal is to get you back on the road as quickly and safely as possible. Just click here to schedule your appointment online or call us today.

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