Car care advice

Signs You Should Pull Over Immediately

It can be terrifying when suddenly your car starts doing something strange or a warning light appears. You may not have any idea whether the situation is simply an annoyance or a serious issue that could threaten the safety of yourself and others. The purpose of this article is to explain and prioritize the most common types of problems in terms of safety and seriousness.

Three Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Fuel Smell

  1. Anytime you smell fuel, you should quickly and safely pull over to the side of the road.
  2. Check to see if your fuel cap is loose or missing.
  3. If the cap is okay, then for your own safety, please have your car towed to the nearest repair shop and have it inspected.

Steering 

  1. Anytime your car's steering changes, you should quickly and safely pull over to the side of the road.
  2. For your own safety, please have your car towed to the nearest repair shop and have it inspected. 

Braking 

  1. Anytime your car's braking changes, you should quickly and safely pull over to the side of the road.
  2. For your own safety, please have your car towed to the nearest repair shop and have it inspected. 

Warning Lights and What You Should Do

 

 Red Brake Light
  1. Anytime you see a brake light, you should quickly and safely pull over to the side of the road.
  2. Check to see if your parking brake is completely released.
  3. If the parking brake is okay, then for your own safety, please have your car towed to the nearest repair shop and have it inspected.
 Oil Pressure/Level Warning Light
  1. Anytime you see an oil pressure/level warning light, you should quickly and safely pull over to the side of the road.
  2. Please have your car towed to the nearest repair shop and have it inspected.
 Engine Temperature Warning Light
  1. Anytime you see the temperature warning light, quickly and safely pull over to the side of the road.
  2. Do not open the hood for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Please have your car towed to the nearest repair shop and have it inspected.
 Battery/Charging System Warning Light
  1. Anytime you see the battery/charging system warning light, quickly and safely pull over to the side of the road.
  2. Please have your car towed to the nearest repair shop and have it inspected.
 Check Engine/Service Engine Soon Light
  1. Anytime you see a blinking check engine/service engine soon light, quickly and safely pull over to the side of the road.
  2. Please have your car towed to the nearest repair shop and have it inspected.

 

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