Signs Your Car Needs an Auto Specialist
Waiting too long to give your car a tune up is a great way to end up with a much bigger problem. Here are a few signs that you need to get auto repair service right away.
- Warning Lights—These are by far the most obvious signs that you need to get your car serviced. They are built-in ways for your car to communicate exactly what it needs.
- Fuel Mileage—If you drive the same amount but find yourself having to get gas more often, you may have a decrease in your fuel mileage. This is a great reason to keep track of it. Using your car’s mileage tracker to see how far you’ve gone between fill-ups, you can divide that by how many gallons you put in your car. If your mileage is decreasing, chances are that your car isn’t burning fuel as effectively as it used to, and you need a tune up.
- Braking—Your brakes have built-in notifiers as well. If they start to screech when you apply them, your brake pads need to be replaced. The other sign is how hard you have to push the pedal before the brakes start to work. Having to push the pedal down a lot more than usual, known as “soft brakes,” is another sign that they need to be changed.
- Vibration—As long as it isn’t caused by the road you’re on, vibrations are big sign that your car needs to be looked at. This could also manifest itself as random knocking sounds.
- Trouble Starting—Another thing you might notice right away. Trouble starting your car means something is wrong with your engine. It could just be old spark plugs, but it could be something even more serious, like the alternator.
- Manufacturer’s Recommendations—This may seem like another obvious sign, but many people look past the manufacturer’s recommendations or ignore them altogether. Some will tell you to get a tune up every 10,000-20,000 miles; other cars can go up to 100,000 miles before needing a tune up.
So, clearly there are many different signs that you need a tune up. The biggest thing to remember is that you need to stay vigilant where your car’s health is concerned. A lot of these signs are obvious but easy to ignore. However, ignoring them will be at your own peril. You don’t want to make a mountain out of a molehill because of your negligence. Keep track of your car’s health and get a tune up before it’s too late.