Top 4 Seemingly Minor Auto Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

Posted By: Main Auto Body, Inc. | April 12, 2019

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We’ve all brushed off minor car problems for another day, from a tiny chip in the windshield to a strange noise coming from the engine. But as the certified techs at Main Auto Body, Inc. know all too well, some seemingly small issues can cause major hazards if ignored. Here, we’ll explore four common car problems and their solutions to help you stay safe on the road.  

  1. Dents

Dents may seem like a small cosmetic issue, but when left unrepaired, they can diminish your car’s ability to absorb shock—especially if the bumper is damaged. This can be extremely unsafe in an accident. Dents can also compromise the paint, leading to rust over time that can weaken your vehicle’s frame. Be sure to have an experienced auto body technician review any dents and determine whether paintless dent repair or other solutions are required to avoid additional damage.  

  1. Vehicle Pulls Left or Right

If you notice your car pulls in one direction while driving, you may not think much of it. However, when a vehicle pulls right or left without the wheel being turned, it’s a common sign of frame misalignment. This is especially dangerous on sharp turns, when you may over-correct due to the pull in your steering wheel. Car alignment can resolve this problem and have you driving safely in no time. 

  1. Steering Wheel Vibration

Does your steering wheel vibrate as you drive? If so, this is another symptom of frame misalignment and suspension issues. And, just like pulling to the right or left, this vibration can also signal serious safety concerns for controlling your vehicle. Bring your car in right away if you notice this or any other symptom of misalignment, such as uneven tire wear or continued movement after hitting a bump in the road.

  1. Cracked Windshield

A tiny crack in your windshield from a stray piece of gravel may not seem important, but that crack can only get bigger. This is especially true when colder weather comes, causing a small crack to rapidly expand and limit visibility as you drive. While minor damage can often be repaired, you may require glass replacement to ensure a clear view and optimal safety. 

Stop Ignoring Vehicle Damage

If you’ve been putting off repairs for any of the problems above, contact Main Auto Body, Inc. today to schedule an appointment. With locations in Albany, Bend, Corvallis, Dallas, Lebanon, Lincoln City, Newport, Salem and Philomath, it’s easy to find the service you need wherever it’s most convenient for you.

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