Car emergency tips: What to do if something gets stuck under your car

Have you ever been driving down the road and heard an odd noise? Vague question, we know – so many different things can cause noises that are out of the ordinary for your vehicle. However, if something is stuck underneath your car, you’ll often hear it before you see it. Toyota of Orlando is here with tips on what to do in this car emergency and how to handle the aftermath.

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Toyota of Orlando’s tips on this roadside car emergency

If you’ve ever gotten something stuck under your car, you know that it can happen in a multitude of ways. Balls and other toys can find their way under your car, you can run over things on the road, and things can actually become detached from the underside of your car and start to drag. Some of the more common things we see stuck under cars include:

  • Plastic bags and trash from the road
  • Road debris from an accident or construction
  • Sports balls and other toys
  • Skid plates that have become loosened and are now dragging
  • Exhausted heat shields that literally can’t hang anymore
  • Plastic shields designed for aerodynamics that come loose and hang down to drag on the road

Whatever it is, it can cause an awful (and stressful) noise, and believe it or not, it can do damage to the underside of your vehicle, leaving you with repairs on your plate. Our Orlando auto service experts are here with tips on how to handle this car emergency step by step.

What to do if something gets stuck under your car

#1: Pull over and turn your car off. The first step to take in this car emergency is to pull over as quickly as you can. Find a safe place to park that’s either in a parking lot or, if you’re on the highway, far away from traffic. You’ll want to park on a flat spot that’s free or sand or mud, and turn your hazard lights on so other cars can see you. Turn your car off and hop out, making sure to be mindful of the cars passing you.

#2: Check underneath to see what’s stuck there. Your next step should be to see if you can figure out what’s stuck under your car. Don’t crawl under your car (especially if you’re on the side of the road), but look under there to see if you can spot the issue. It’s a good idea to always have some sort of flashlight in your car in case you run into this car emergency at night.

#3: Decide whether or not you can safely remove it. Next, you should figure out whether or not you can actually remove what’s stuck under your car. Remember, pulling something out could actually do more harm than good, so this is going to be a case-by-case situation. If you have a ball stuck under your car, deflate it before you try to pull it out. If whatever is stuck underneath doesn’t come out with ease, it could damage your car more if you try to use brute force. This is also true for parts that have come loose and are dangling down. In these scenarios, it’s best to call for help.

#4: Bring your Orlando Toyota to our service center. It’s always worth having our Orlando Toyota service techs take a peek under your car to make sure no damage was done to anything. This is especially true if you hear any strange noises, or smell or hear anything out of the ordinary.