It's never good to put off car repairs when needed, since even a seemingly minor problem with your car can soon become a major breakdown, and ignoring problems can mean added wear and tear on certain parts that only translates into bigger repair jobs down the road. However, there are some problems that may require quicker servicing than others, meaning they could cause serious problems to your car if you were to ignore them even for a few days. Note of few of those problems here so you know when to take your car in to a service center as soon as possible.
1. The brakes don't let up
If you take your foot off the brake pedal and the car seems to still be resisting any acceleration, chances are the calipers of the brakes are failing. These are small clips that push the brake pads against the rotors of the wheels and which then cause the car to stop. The calipers may be worn out so they don't spring back as they should. In other cases, the brake pads may be slipping so that they're still pushed up against the calipers even when they release. If left unchecked, this can cause the calipers to suddenly break or fail altogether, and you would be left without brakes while on the road.
2. Thumping on one side when you hit a bump
If you hit a relatively normal bump in the road and you hear a loud thump or bang on one side of your car, this often means the springs or part of the suspension system is broken. This can be very serious, as the suspension system is meant to cushion your car against that type of impact. You could very well hit another bump and break an axle or have your car slam onto the pavement and damage or break any number of parts under the hood.
3. Rattling from what appears to be outside your tires
If you hear rattling from around your wheel well but from what appears to be on the outside of the car or outside your tires, this may be a broken lug nut. These are what hold your tire to the car, and when one breaks, it may get caught in the rim or the opening to the lug nut and rattle around. Having one broken lug nut puts added pressure on the others, so that they are more likely to break or come loose. This can mean having a tire come off the car while you're driving.
If you notice signs of any of these problems, contact car service centres near you to get your car fixed as soon as possible.