(for the car in the image this article it’s too late)
Some people are reluctant to get their vehicle serviced unless it is showing symptoms of a significant problem. However, regular maintenance is the kind of thing that can help to protect your vehicle from developing a serious problem in the first place.
Your car should be serviced regularly according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, usually after a certain time period or mileage. However, being able to pick up warning signs that something is wrong with your car can save you a lot of time and money.
As the saying goes, ‘prevention is better than cure’ and so, with this in mind, we’ve put together a list of warning signs to help you avoid a surprise breakdown and costly repairs!
Excessive smoke from the exhaust
If you notice any excessive clouds of black smoke (not the usual white smoke that is normal, especially while your car is warming up), it could be a sign of oil leaks, blockages, or buildup. Check your rear bumper and if you come across a black residue you need to see a mechanic asap.
Flashing check engine light
When the engine warning light on your dash is flashing, it means you need to have the engine checked immediately. It could be an emissions system problem, which may damage the catalytic converter if the vehicle is driven without being repaired.
Vibrating or pulling under braking
You should always feel a quick and crisp response that is clean, smooth, and easy when applying your brakes. If you experience any vibrations whilst braking, grinding, or pulling, it might be an indication of worn brake pads or brake disks. It can also be a sign of tire wear or mean that your car is experiencing suspension, or steering problems. At this point, there is no telling what could suddenly go wrong, and the car needs to be serviced immediately.
Visit one of our outlets and we will do a safety check
Catching problems early on can really make the difference in a quick fix and being without a car for a length of time.
At CRS Automotive we service all makes and models, new and vintage, and have a dedicated team of specialists at hand to help you in any way we can. Contact us today to book your service.