Getting your car serviced regularly is always a smart decision. A good mechanic undertaking regular services on your car will be able to give you a heads up if there is something that will likely need your attention in the following weeks or months so you can budget and plan accordingly. But not everyone remembers to get those services done at regular intervals so today we’re looking at 6 things you should be on the lookout for that signal that it’s time to get your car checked out.
When it comes to safety it’s just not worth taking the risk of ignoring these things and hoping for the best. Organise to get your car inspected so you know that you’re driving a car that’s as safe and roadworthy as possible.
Sign #1: Strange sounds
Generally drivers know what their car sounds like normally, so if you hear something strange it’s always worth getting it checked out. Any unusual knocking, clanging, pinging or similar sound is an indication that something is not quite right within the engine.
Sign #2: Unusual smells
Each car has their own unique odour when it’s running and you’ll probably be quite familiar with yours so when you smell something different when the car is running, either from the air conditioner, the exhaust, or even something you can’t quite put your finger on, bring the car in for a once over so we can get to the bottom of it.
Sign #3: Increased fuel consumption
Do you know roughly how many km’s you get from a tank of fuel? If not, you probably should so you can keep an eye on your consumption and flag if there is an increase. There are many reasons why this might be the case, from tyre issues to engine trouble so if you notice an increase in how often you’re needing to fill up, organise an inspection to get it checked out.
Sign #4: Squeaks or strange feeling when braking
Brakes are obviously incredibly important for the safety of your car, so don’t take any risks when it comes to looking after them. If you notice squeaking or noises when you brake or if they feel spongy or strange when you press the brake, it’s time to get them checked out. It could be as simple as low brake fluid or damaged brake pads which can be quickly and easily resolved.
Sign #5: Air conditioner is taking longer than usual to cool the car
It’s been a hot summer! Have you noticed that it takes quite a while for your a/c to cool the car down to a comfortable temperature? It could be that your refrigerant is low which puts a lot of strain on the a/c, is inefficient and can cause damage if not resolved. Organise an inspection of your a/c system and make sure it’s running as effectively as possible.
Sign #6: Not starting first time
Cars are designed to start as soon as you turn the key (or press the button in some cars) so if this isn’t happening every single time then it’s time for a check up. The whole process is supposed to be smooth and seamless with the ignition, spark plugs and engine working seamlessly so if there’s an issue with any part of this process you’ll have problems.
There you have it, 6 things to be on the lookout for to keep your car in top working order. Obviously there are a lot of other things too, so if you’ve got any concerns or just think something is not quite right, organise your free inspection and report today.