There are some obvious signs that you need to service your car, such as having a sluggish, unreliable vehicle that’s doing something quite obviously wrong. Squealing of a belt, or difficulties starting, the list could go on, but today I wanted to share a few signs that mean you should service that car now.
Warning Light is On
Those warning lights such as check engine, check oil or whatnot are actually an obvious sign that you need to service your car. If you have any warning lights on in the dashboard of your vehicle then it’s time to call the local car dealership service center and have your vehicle serviced.
Poor Fuel Mileage
This particular problem can be quite stressful for the car owner who has to travel a lot on a regular basis. Poor fuel mileage is a sign that something isn’t quite right with your vehicle. You may call the dealership service center to find that you need to have your car serviced to get the mileage back to normal.
With an automatic transmission, you’ll feel it slipping or not shifting into the gears automatically as it should when going uphill or even downhill. Try to notice if your vehicle shows a sign that it’s having a rough time shifting, if it is, you need to service your car soon.
If your brakes are being too soft, such as it feels as if the pedal is going right to the floor or the brakes are making odd noises, then it’s time to service your car. Brakes don’t last forever, and it’s best to schedule having your car serviced before those brakes are metal against metal.
Loss of Power
Another sign that you need to service your car is when you have a loss of power. This could be a sluggish start when you go outside to get the car started or feeling as of the vehicle has no power. Some cars are older and need a longer time to warm up but this loss of power could mean something’s wrong.
While each of these signs that you need to service your car could mean that there’s a small issue with your vehicle, it could also mean something more problematic if you let the signs go for a longer period of time. The rule of thumb for scheduling a service for your car is to look at the owner’s manual under the maintenance section where it will list the rule of thumb for services and maintenance mileage for your vehicle.