Everyone should book a car service once a year or every 12,000 miles. Sometimes we miss the garage tour due to some reason.
Thankfully, our cars have a lot of ways that we know they need some ‘TLC’. It is quicker for motorists to recognize the signs to prevent small defects from developing into larger problems.
Why is it important to service the car?
During a service, a mechanic will assess everything from the fluid level of your car’s engine to normal wear and tear. Think of it as a health test of your vehicle that helps it run as safely and efficiently as possible.
What are the benefits of servicing a car?
Servicing your car comes with some additional benefits:
With the help of a reliable mechanic, you can spot defects in your car before they become more complex. Facing problems in the bud may mean that you avoid costly repair bills in the long term.
Over time, regular servicing will maintain your car for a longer period. Keeping the integral parts in top condition, your car should be long-lasting after the warranty expires.
Regular servicing in the short term can help you hold on to the resale value of your car in the long term. Car buyers are usually willing to pay more for a car that is kept in good condition, and regular maintenance can make all the difference.
Keep an eye on these signs between visits to your local garage:
1. Dashboard warning lights
Nothing says your car needs a service like a dashboard warning light. Quite literally, the word ‘service’ or a spanner icon appears on the instrument panel in most modern cars.
The light often appears with text that tells you how many miles or days you have left before taking your car to the garage. Some models will also tell you if a service is overdue.
Although the service reminder light routine is visible for check-ups, it may also be visible due to a specific fault. You can see that the light illuminates at the same time as another symbol on your dashboard to indicate the problem.
2. Weird noise
Squeaking, ticks, clicks, and hisses are all indications of a problem under the bonnet. If the sound is becoming more intense or the problem seems to be immediate, you should call the mechanic immediately.
If you hear hissing from under the bonnet when your car is idling, your engine may overheat, which can be a serious problem. But this is just one example of what strange noise can happen to your car.
3. Dripping Liquid and Mystery Puddles
First of all, you should check if the puddle is built due to the Great British weather rather than a mistake under your bonnet.
Your car may leak water through condensation in the aircon unit in summer or through your exhaust in winter. Either way, both scenarios are harmless and do not require the attention of a mechanic.
If your car leaks colored liquid, you may have a more serious problem with your hands.
Brown liquid can be an indication that you are leaking a power steering fluid, oil, or, most seriously of all, brake fluid. If you suspect that you are missing vital fluids, you should not attempt to drive your car, not even for service. Instead, try to ask for a home visit by a qualified mechanic.
4. Reduction in power and frequent stoppage
A regular service can prevent your car from stopping more frequently or losing power.
There can be many reasons for problems in your car and sometimes a very simple improvement. Spark plugs can be faulty and thankfully replacing them is a straightforward and inexpensive task, but it is best to leave it to the professionals. A simple service will help diagnose the problem.
5.Brake behaving differently
The most vital safety feature of your car is the Brakes. When you fail to take your vehicle for a check-up, they may be less effective.
A mechanic will be able to pinpoint the problem during service and replacing the brake pads is usually a simple process
6. Smoke from the bonnet/exhaust
Smoke may be coming out of the car’s bonnet and exhaust for several reasons.
If you see smoke coming out of the fire under your bonnet, you should:
- Shut down your engine
- Pull the bonnet release lever but do not try to prop it open
- Empty the car and keep your distance
- Dial 999 and ask for fire service
- Alert the traffic
Regular services can also prevent your car from vibrating.
If there are unusual movements in your car, there could be several possible explanations. For example, vibrating while pulling away can be caused by worn-out friction material or a pressure plate defect – perhaps both. It can also be caused by an oil leak tainting the clutch plate.
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