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And of course, no brainer – You need to get your car to a repair shop if "brake" light on instrument panel is lit.
Engine trouble is on menu if you find that your car is hard to start. Other indicators include check engine light coming on, your car using more than one quart of oil between changes, car engine running after you remove key, if car stalls or idles roughly, and if there’s poor acceleration. Also, getting fewer miles to gallon is nothing to pooh-pooh. That could mean an engine problem, too.
Say word “transmission problems” and your wallet being drained of all that’s in it comes to mind. You might have a problem of this nature if there’s a delayed response when shifting from neutral to drive or reverse, if your car doesn’t shift during regular acceleration, or if engine speeds up, but car doesn’t respond. If shifting is hard – there could be a problem with transmission, too.
Just for your peace of mind, make sure mechanic checks to see if it’s just a disconnected hose problem or if maybe filter is plugged. These repairs are much simpler and cheaper than having your transmission replaced.
When it comes right down to it, you know your car and how it’s supposed to feel when all is well. If something doesn’t quite feel right, get it checked out. You may end up saving money and someone’s life!
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