The systems inside your car are intricate, unique and require proper maintenance and care to operate at top performance. Electrical and mechanical problems can arise over time and become more obvious the more you drive and the more stress you put on the vehicle without proper service. To avoid complex repairs and the high expenses that come with them, you should attend to any of the problems arising with your car immediately.
Regular car service is an incredibly important part of car ownership. However, some issues may come up unexpectedly. Here are five signs that your car needs service.
All the noises of a well functioning car are quite familiar. Normally, the only sound you should hear is that of your engine, your air conditioning or your car radio. Any other sound could be a sign of a problem with your car. If you hear a rattling, ticking sound, a thud or any other foreign noise, know that it's time to take your car for service.
Knowing the sound your car makes while it's at peak performance will help you know when there is an issue demanding the attention of your mechanic.
The Check Engine Light
If the check engine light is on, then your mechanic should do exactly that: check on your engine. It is a sure sign that there is a problem with the car. Unless you are a mechanic by profession, it would be difficult for you to diagnose the problem, based on the check engine light alone.
If your check engine light is on, it is advisable that you don't drive your car. In fact, your next drive should be to the mechanic, who will then solve the problem before it escalates.
Vibrations and Brake Pulling
Vibrations while braking, pulling or grinding might be a sign of worn-out brake discs or pads. However, it can also mean that your car is experiencing steering or suspension problems. If your car has reached such a point, there is no telling what could go wrong. The car needs immediate service.
If you notice significant leaks on the ground of your usual parking spot, take it to your mechanic as soon as possible. If you notice a bright green fluid, it could mean that your coolant is leaking. If the leaked fluid is brown or dark red, it could be a sign of leaking brake fluid, engine oil or transmission oil.
Sluggish Gear Changes
Gear changes can slow down between service appointments. However, this decline would be minor and most likely difficult to notice. As such, if you notice a sharp drop in performance evidenced by sluggish transmission, take your car for service as soon as possible.
Car problems can not only be inconvenient, but they can also be extremely dangerous. If your car is due for service or exhibits any of these signs, do not hesitate to take it to a mechanic immediately.