Most drivers at some point had done this. So you hit traffic and decide to follow another route by the beach, to come out in front away from the traffic. But here is the thing! That route by the beach is rough sandy and full of bumps.
But that's not all. Because your car is not designed for off-roading, you suddenly realise that a rattling sound being made by your car any time you're driving. These sounds can be as a result of some faults that have developed by you taking that off-road route to beat the traffic.
Naijauto brings you some of the most common problems of off-roader cars, and identifies proper corrective measures to be taken sonnet. So let's dive in!
1. Obstacles and wheel misalignment
The various bumps, stones, and rocks that you climb as you drive off road are enough to cause a re-alignment or misaligned tyres for your car. You might need to check for vibration and wheel wobbling to ascertain that indeed there is a misalignment. Another check will be to see if your car gradually steers off the road when your hands leave the steering, and the car is still in motion.
This is a no brainer, but some people soon forget that they been off-roading when their car begins to show some of these symptoms. It takes a heavy toll on your suspension when you're off-roading and should be fixed immediately you can confirm that there is a misalignment.
Climbing stones and rocks while off-road can cause misalignment issues for your vehicle!
2. Necessary care for tyre damage!
Crude sharp objects can be found lying about on your path as you ply that off-road terrain. The damage these objects cause on your car is not to be taken with levity even if your car has a sturdy body.
Tyre damage could result from the contact of your tyres and these sharp objects. With a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), this damage should be easily noticed and fixed as soon as possible.
If there are no TPMS installed in your vehicle, simply carry out a physical inspection on your tyres to confirm if there is visible damage. A basic tyre pressure gauge can also be used to check the air pressure left in your tyres after passing through an off road.
Tyres are easily damaged by sharp edges of rocks and other sharp objects on off-roads!
3. What of body damage?
The damage to the body after every off-roading session should be ascertained. Going through off-road routes can bring your car into contact with trees, shrubs, bouncing gravel stones and the likes. These can put some serious scratches on the vehicle and might require some retouching.
Scratches can expose the metal of your car to rusting if it becomes deep and has gone past the primer into the core of the body. Retouching the paints every sometime after that off-road journey could be the saving grace from body rusting. This can make your car look even new after retouching with better appearance and appeal.
A minor scratch if not treated can become huge rust. Address that scratch now!
4. Damage to undercarriage!
The damage caused to the underside of your car by sharp objects can be huge while taking those rough paths, especially when you don't have skid plates attached to your car. Having skid plates too does not guarantee that the underside of your car won't be damaged.
Check for the damage done to the underside of your vehicle after leaving the rough path, also listen for rattling sounds and loose noises, make sure everything is in the right places and there are no dents.
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5. Has the transmission been hit?
Transmission issues also occur when passing through rough roads as the transmission takes a serious toll when passing off roads. This is because you'll have to make low shifts at high RPMs that will usually be responsible for wear and tear. There are things you will need to check with your transmission after leaving that off-road path and they include
- Transmission slipping when changing gear
- Rough shifting with “clunks” or other noises
- Delays in shifts
- Fluid leaks.
- Transmission warning lights
- A sweet, burning smell (indicates transmission fluid is overheating and burning)
Naijauto these are typical things you should be aware of and to check if and when you find yourself taking those off-road paths. Once any of these problems have been identified, you need to take steps to rectify those issues as soon as possible.
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