To Tow or Not To Tow!
There are a variety of issues that can arise with your vehicle that will leave you on the side of the road, stranded at work in a parking lot, or even stuck at home. While none of us like to spend the money to have our car towed, it most cases, trying to drive your car when you shouldn’t leads to more expensive damage than it would have been to just tow your car. For this reason, it’s important to know when you can safely drive your car to your local Sid Dillon, or when you should have your vehicle towed. To help you sort out when driving isn’t the safe choice we have created a list of times when you should definitely have your vehicle towed.
Flat Tires – One of the most common car problems is a flat tire due to a tire puncture. Many do not have the necessary supplies to safely change their tire should a puncture happen, so towing your vehicle is the best option. Additionally, if you have not changed a wheel before do not attempt it. Attempting to drive on a flat tire which can lead to some pretty expensive damage to your wheels. Only drive the car as far as is necessary to get into a safe position. If you are on an interstate highway, get right over to the right, onto the grass if necessary.
Battery Problems – The next most common problem is when the car battery becomes completely discharged (flat or dead). Batteries do go dead just because of age, but in many cases, there is another reason behind the problem with the battery. That’s why it’s a good idea to have the car towed. This way, an auto service technician can diagnose the problem.
Stalling – If your car is stalling or running badly then have your car towed. If any of the fluid warning lights come on have it towed.
Warning Lights – The trick with your warning lights on your dashboard is that if the light is steady it’s not an emergency issue and your vehicle is likely still safe to drive. If, however, the light is flashing, you should have your car towed. If the check engine light comes on steady (not flashing) then you can drive the car, but if it is flashing, have your car towed. If you have any doubts, feel free to call us at Sid Dillon and we’ll be happy to give you some advice.
Smoke Coming From Car – As a general rule, if ANY smoke is coming from your car stop immediately and get away from your car and call 911. The kind of smoke can indicate different issues, but 9 times out of 10, it’s best to stop the car, DO NOT OPEN THE HOOD, and get a safe distance away from your car.
Sudden Loud Noise – If you hear a sudden loud noise, it’s best to pull over and check it out. Something may have fallen from the car, you may have rolled over something, or it can be a more serious issue. If you can’t figure out what the problem is, it’s best to have your vehicle towed.
Sudden Decrease in Drivability or Handling – If your car becomes difficult to steer, wobbling, or begins tugging in one direction suddenly you need to stop as soon as possible in a safe place and check out the situation. Continuing to drive to drive can cause very costly damages to your vehicle. In most cases, it’s best to just tow your car.
Should you run into trouble, you can certainly talk to any of our incredible service technicians to figure out what’s going on. It’s even better to have your car regularly serviced as outlined in your owner’s manual. These preventive measures can help decrease the likelihood of breakdowns, and then the towing question never comes up. Remember, your friends at Sid Dillon will be here to help you out!