This article brought to you courtesy of Karen Johnston of All About Automotive Gresham Outlook Insider Automotive Repair Expert

Karen Johnston

There are times when a vehicle, though still drivable, should be towed. Many times a consumer will drive their

vehicle to a repair facility to save money on a tow bill. Isn't

spending $75.00 to $100.00 on a tow bill much less expensive than the several hundred dollars bill possible by

driving it instead?

As the driver, rely on your knowledge of your vehicle's

usual performance. Unfamiliar smells, unusual smoke,

fluids leaking under the car, or any new and loud sounds,

can be a good indicator of whether a vehicle needs a

tow. Watch for the following:

Overheating or sudden drop on the temperature gauge.

Oil Level or Oil Pressure light is illuminated.

A burning smell or smoke from under the hood or the


The smell of fuel at any time.

Brakes that make a very loud grinding noise while driving or applied.

Rotational noise that gets louder with increased rpms or road speed.

Loud noise under the hood like knocking, whirring or


Running poorly, misfiring, backfiring, stalling at stops, no power when accelerating.

Sudden loss of coolant, oil, power steering or brake fluids.

Driving during any of these conditions could be unsafe

and cause more damage.

Towing your vehicle is a wise decision that could save you

money and keep you safe by minimizing damage to the

vehicle. Happy Motoring!

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Gresham, OR 97030


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