Car maintenance is one of those things that can be easy to put on the long finger when your vehicle is running smoothly and appears in good health. However, scheduling your auto tune-up can save you in the long run on significant damage and expensive repair. If all is not running as it should and you notice any of the following 4 signs from your car, you should book your car in immediately.
The Engine Light Comes On
It may be tempting to ignore those little annoying lights that appear out of nowhere on the dashboard but some are much more pressing than others. Make yourself familiar with your user's manual so that you can make the distinction when one appears. Ignoring an engine light could mean long-term damage to your engine should you keep driving.
Unusual Noises or Vibrations
This may seem obvious but it can be easy to get used to a new noise or drown it out with the radio. Only a trained mechanic will be able to distinguish the likely cause of some of the more unusual sounds that may arise from your car. Vibrations or shaking can be caused by unbalanced tires or rims, or a worn-out braking system. Contact your local auto repair shop immediately if you notice anything amiss.
Stalling is where your engine dies. This can happen easily with a manual transmission if you take your foot off the clutch too quickly, and it is not usually a huge cause for concern. If it happens when driving an automatic car it can be a little more telling of an underlying issue such as a dead battery, ignition issues or a faulty fuel pump.
Grinding brakes are a huge red flag. Driving with faulty brakes could cost you your life and it puts your passengers and other road users at risk too. Scraping noises are an indication of a failing braking system and need to be investigated immediately by auto repair professionals. It could be as simple as replacing brake pads but it is better to be safe than sorry.
If you notice any of the above signs, you should bring your vehicle to The Car & Truck Guys today for a tune-up!