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Warning Signs That Your Vehicle Needs A Service

By Alison Wheatley
In September 22, 2015
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Sometimes we can forget to get our car/truck serviced. Every day you get into your vehicle, turn the key and go about your day. Most of us take that for granted, which is why it’s a huge shock when doom day comes, your car/truck fails to start, and it’s time to call roadside assistance.

As we approach the cooler months, it’s important that you look out for these tell-tale signs with your vehicle. It’s important to properly and consistently maintain your car/truck so that you’re not lumbered with a call to roadside assistance followed by a repair bill. While many of us change oil regularly, we forget about the other things such as regularly checking the underside of our vehicle. It’s important that you get any squeaks or noises checked out, as this can often be a sign of bigger problems. Here are a few warning signs to look out for if you want to maintain a healthy and happy vehicle and not have to call roadside assistance.

Engine Light

If this comes up on your dash, tend to it as soon as you can. This is a major warning sign that something is wrong with your vehicle. It’s not a cause for panic, but it does mean that you should get your car/truck booked in for a service ASAP. If the engine light is flashing however, this means that there is an immediate problem that needs seeing to, so you should take it to a garage or get assistance immediately. It could mean that there is a problem with the engine or the emissions, so you need to get it seen to straight away. If you simply continue on your way, you’re getting closer to needing roadside assistance.

Excessive Exhaust Smoke

If you notice excessive exhaust smoke coming from the rear of your vehicle, make sure you get it checked out as soon as possible. While it’s normal for your exhaust to blow out a bit of white smoke especially on an icy morning, excessive black smoke shouldn’t be ignored, as this may be an indication of an oil leak.

Noises While Driving

While the occasional clink or squeak is normal when driving your car/truck, you need to take note of the noises that don’t go away. If you notice a dragging noise coming from your wheels, this could be the sign of a problem with your wheel bearing. A grinding noise when you hit the brakes may also be an indication that your brakes need replacing, so make sure you take it into the local auto shop to get it checked over. Whenever it’s a concern with your brakes, it’s always better to be safe.

Hopefully these tips will help you if you’re worried about your vehicle. Remember, it’s better to be on the cautious side especially when it comes to your car/truck. If you have any major problems, make sure to get it checked out immediately to prevent any further damage, a need for roadside assistance, and a hefty repair bill.

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