Match These Car Symptoms With Solutions and We’ll Guess When Your Car Will Die

AUTO

Dave Davis

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Your car is made up of a multitude of parts, all working in perfect harmony — most of the time. Like any mechanical device, however, your car needs regular servicing and occasional repairs as time goes on. 

Sometimes it will tell you what it needs via computer display or specific dashboard light. There are times, however, when you as the driver need to pay attention to what your vehicle is telling you by the way it handles, the sounds that it makes and the way it performs. If you're attentive, you can catch a lot of problems early, get them taken care of and be on your way. If you are the type to ignore a problem until it gets too big to be ignored, however, you're setting yourself up for some major pain down the road. 

How long your car will last is directly dependent on how well you pay attention and how you can interpret what it's trying to tell you. For this quiz, we'll ask you 30 questions about common symptoms your car may display over time. Through your answers, we'll be able to tell you, with a high degree of certainty, if you and your car will have a long, fruitful relationship. 

We'll also be able to tell if you're the kind of driver who treats cars as disposable objects. 

So, hop in and give us your best answers for these questions, and you'll know if you'll be good to go, need to go car shopping this weekend or should be on a first-name basis with your mechanic!

The "Check Engine" light is on steady. What's the problem?

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You notice that your car's ride is bouncier than it has been in the past. What's your first thought?

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Your car has the distinct smell of rotten eggs. What could be the problem?

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Black smoke is coming out of the tailpipe — how can you fix it?

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When you hear a clunking sound when braking, which part should you examine?

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The A/C isn't as cool as it used to be. What's could be causing it?

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There's a smell of burning rubber when you drive. What could be the cause?

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To keep the engine happy, it needs regular oil changes. When is the last time you changed your oil?

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What could be the cause of the steering wheel starting to vibrate around 55 mph?

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What could cause thick, white smoke to come out of your car's tailpipe?

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You're hearing a loud knocking coming from the engine of your classic car. What should you do?

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Your engine suddenly starts roaring when running. What should you do?

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There's a rattling coming from underneath the car. What could be causing it?

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Your steering wheel is shaking when you're braking! How can you fix this?

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When there's a grinding sound when you brake, which part needs replacing?

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The car cranks slow on start and the headlights are dim. Which of these parts are you about to replace?

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After you run your car for a few miles, you start to catch the whiff of burning motor oil. What could be the culprit?

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When there's a squealing sound when you accelerate, which worn part could be causing it?

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You notice that blue smoke is coming from the tailpipe. What's happening here?

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There's a rattling sound when your car idles. What's the first thing you should check?

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You notice that your car speed surges on the highway. What should you do?

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Which of these could cause a whining sound when your car is running?

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The car's engine temperature is changing erratically. What's the first thing you should do when this happens?

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You notice the smell of gasoline in the car. What could it be?

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You notice that you're having to fill up more and the engine seems to have lost some pep. What should you check?

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There's a grinding sound when you start the car. What could be the issue?

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The tank is full, but the car sputters and hesitates when you accelerate. Which of these could be the problem?

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Misfires, lack of acceleration and rough idle could all be signs that ...

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The faster you go, the worse a grinding sound gets. What could be causing it?

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You're having trouble shifting gears and you hear a rhythmic pounding. What's the most likely cause?

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