auto

7 things to look for in a winter 'beater'

Loose steering can be hazardous
Loose steering can be hazardous © photka/Shutterstock.com

Loose steering can be hazardous

When cars become difficult to steer or start making odd sounds -- squeals or pulling noises -- it's an indication of tired or stressed components that are likely to fail at an inopportune moment, Marks says.

Visnic suggests testing the vehicle for an unusual amount of play in the steering.

"With the engine running, move the steering wheel side to side in small increments -- the front tires should respond without any delay," Visnic says.

Properly functioning steering and suspension parts are critical to maintaining control in challenging road conditions.

"If the vehicle isn't steering properly or there are faulty suspension components, those are variables that could contribute to loss of control when traction is at a premium," notes Visnic.

So if there are any signs of trouble, move on to another beater.

advertisement

Show Bankrate's community sharing policy
          Connect with us
advertisement
advertisement
advertisement

Blog

Tara Baukus Mello

Lease returns = Used car influx

Used car shoppers will have a much larger inventory of cars to choose from in the coming months, thanks to an influx of cars being returned at the end of their leases.  ... Read more


Connect with us