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Welcome back to Part 2 – Using your sense of touch and feel.

Let’s set the scene: You are running late already, and really need to leave. The last thing you’re thinking about is your vehicle giving you issues. Of course, we rely daily on our vehicles to get us where we need to be. 

Either there weren’t any warning signs or we didn’t notice them. Maybe there were signs and we weren’t aware of what to look out for or notice.

Most of the time we don’t need to know what is going on underneath the hood, but when something goes wrong we may begin to wish we knew a little bit more about the mechanics of it all. 

We know that very few car owners are expert diagnosticians and often we don’t even know which service you need to book for your vehicle besides oil and tire changes until we show up and take a deeper look.

With Toronto Mobile Mechanics you don’t ever have to worry about knowing what issue your vehicle is suffering from but none the less we believe it is important to educate you so you can be empowered to understand more about your vehicle.

There’s a lot you can determine based on what you see, smell, hear, and feel. Once you’ve identified the sense your issue applies to, focus on the qualities of each sensation. For example, if there’s an odd feeling to your car, think about if it’s vibrating or if it’s pulling to one side.

In Part 2 of our guide, here is what your sense of touch and feel can tell you. Keep an eye out for Part 3 (Hear).

Using Your Sense of Touch to Diagnose Issues With Your Car
Feels Like What It Could Mean
Air is not coming out of vents Blown fuse
Bad relay
Damaged blower motor
Malfunctioning blower resistor
Clogged air intake
Broken hose
Brake pedal is hard to push Bad brake booster
Vacuum hose is leaking
Brake booster check valve malfunction
Failing or incorrect brake component
Clogged proportioning valve
Brake pedal is lower than usual Air in the hydraulic system
Leaking brake lines
Leak in master cylinder
Rear brakes need adjusting
Warped brake rotors
Brakes need to be pumped Air in brake lines
Low brake fluid
Failing master cylinder
Moisture in brake fluid
Damaged/missing bleeder valve
Warped brake rotors
Brake pedal vibrates or shakes Warped brake rotors
Failing wheel bearings
Loose lug nuts
Wheels out of alignment
Car has bouncy and unstable ride Damaged struts, broken strut assembly, or
shock absorbers
Poorly lubricated suspension
Incorrect tire inflation
Bulging or worn tires
Car has excessive body roll Loose or worn suspension
Shocks need replacing
Worn tires
Damaged stabilizer bar or stabilizer bar link
Modifications to the vehicle
Car is hard to shift Leaking transmission fluid
Failing transmission solenoids
Contaminated transmission fluid
Failing transmission
Bad shifter cable
Worn clutch
Car is hesitating and bucking Misfiring cylinder(s)
Clogged fuel filter
Failing fuel pump
Failed oxygen sensor
Clogged EGR valve
Worn spark plugs and wires
Car jerks forward at high speeds Failing mass airflow sensor
Leaking engine vacuum line
Malfunctioning fuel pump
Misfiring cylinder(s)
Car is leaning to one side Struts or shock absorbers are stuck
Broken or bent suspension component
Twisted chassis
Differently sized tires
Car pulls to left or right
while braking
Uneven tire pressure
Brake system problems
Worn suspension components
Car pulls in one direction
while driving
Uneven tire pressure
Wheels out of alignment
Brake system problems
Bad wheel bearing
Worn suspension components
Worn steering linkage
Torque steer (this can be normal on some
front-wheel drive cars)
Car is shaking or vibrating Problems with tires
Engine misfiring
Warped brake rotors
Worn engine mounts
Suspension problems
Car or steering wheel shakes
when braking
Warped or uneven rotors
Rotor run-out
Car shudders when turning Low power steering fluid
Failing power steering pump
Kinked or blocked power steering line
Failing wheel bearing
Failing differential
Car vibrates going uphill Damaged CV axles or joints
Failing U-joint
Low/contaminated differential fluid
Engine misfiring
Clutch pedal inoperative Broken clutch cable
Missing connector rod
Low clutch fluid
Failed clutch master cylinder
Failed slave cylinder
Engine is shaking, pulsating,
or vibrating
Worn spark plugs and wires
Loose or disconnected engine hoses
Loose battery terminal connections
Dirty or clogged air filters
Loose timing belts
Excessive car bounce and sway Wheels need alignment
Excessive/uneven wear on tires
Loose steering linkage
Damaged or weak struts or shocks
Damaged suspension component
Seat shakes or vibrates Seat is not fully secured to vehicle
Worn out suspension parts
Warped brake discs
Failing brake drums
Imbalanced wheels
Steering wheel feels loose Worn tie rods
Worn pitman or idler arm
Worn ball joint
Loose suspension component
Steering wheel is hard to turn Low power steering fluid
Weak or damaged power steering pump
Damaged power steering belt
Damaged steering rack
Low tire pressure
Steering wheel vibrates or shakes Imbalanced wheels
Loose lug nuts
Failing wheel bearings
Worn tires
Warped brake rotors

Remember, no matter what – we are here to help! Contact us anytime at: 647-299-6077 or at[email protected]