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9 Car Problems You Should Never Ignore

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This Tesla car sitts in a body shop after its battery ignited. (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 03 December 2019 11:47 AM

It is easy to shrug off minor car issues, especially if it can save you time and money, but doing so may come back to cost you.

Ignoring things like that "check engine" light that occasionally flashes, or that chip in your windshield, may end up costing you far more than it would if you had addressed the issue in the first place. To avoid this from happening, here are nine car problems you should never ignore:

1. Broken license plate. It does not cost much to fix a broken or unreliable license plate but if you keep putting this off you could end up having to pay a massive fine, Readers Digest noted.

2. Jerky shifting. This could indicate that there is a problem with your transmission, Autoblog reported. Jerky or rough shifting may indicate a worn clutch or stripped gears, among other serious car issues.

3. Humming under your car. Certain car sounds are normal but generally a humming or whirring noise could mean trouble. Your bearings may be shot or your universal joints could be worn. It could also mean that your transmission is failing, BankRate noted.

4. Low fuel warning light. This blinking light may not actually mean something is wrong with your car, but driving with less than a quarter tank of fuel could cause damage to your car. This is because the fuel contaminants that tend to gather at the bottom of the tank are pumped through your car and to your engine, where they can cause harm, according to AA.

5. Misalignment. Alignment issues can put your safety at risk as it is hard to maintain control of your vehicle. It will also cause your tires to wear faster, Reader's Digest reported.

6. Squeaking brakes. If your brakes are squeaking or grinding then they are probably worn, which means it is time to take your car in for repairs, Reader's Digest noted.

7. The smell of smoke. If you are smelling smoke then it is best to have your car looked at by a professional mechanic – soon! Smelling smoke while driving could indicate electrical issues, leaking fluids or a number of other issues that could end up costing you if not seen to, Autoblog said.

8. A cracked windshield. You may have been driving around with that chip or crack in your windshield for some time now and may assume it cannot get worse but that is certainly not the case. Something as simple as a change in temperature could make it worse, U.S. News & World Report reported.

9. "Check engine" light. That pesky light is enough to make any car owner panic as they conjure up thoughts of massive repair bills, which is why some people want to ignore it, but doing so will cost much more than it will to have it seen to before things get worse, according to Reader’s Digest.

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