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Signs You Need Auto Repair Services - Sophia Belnap - Blog

Signs You Need Auto Repair Services

In some situations, it’s obvious that you need auto repair services. For example, your car may break down on the side of the road, or the check engine light may come on. In other situations, though, issues may not be as direct. In this case, you have to pay attention to the way your car performs, which is going to help you stay on top of potential issues.

One way to know for sure if your vehicle is having issues is by investing in a DVIR report. Some of the other signs of a problem can be found below.  

Flashing Check Engine Light

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If the engine light on your dash has begun to flash, it means you should have the engine checked right away. When this light flashes, it provides a warning of a problem that needs immediate attention. Don’t ignore it.

Leaking Fluid

Your vehicle’s components work in a closed system. This means there should never be anything dripping out of the vehicle. There are several different types of fluids used to make your vehicle run properly. If you notice a wet area under your vehicle when you move it from where it is parked, it is a good idea to take it to a mechanic for a full inspection. Leaks in oil, transmission fluid, and even coolant can result in devastating and expensive problems.

Strange Sounds 

Modern vehicles operate relatively quietly. While they aren’t completely silent, you have likely become accustomed to the sounds they make when going down the road. Because of this, you will also probably notice when a new sound appears.

Some of the sounds that indicate a potential problem include a whining transmission, knocking sounds from under the vehicle’s hood, and a grinding sound when you hit the brake. Strange or new sounds are usually a sign of trouble, so you should act immediately to ensure the problem doesn’t worsen.

Increased Levels of Exhaust Smoke

Emissions changes are signs of a problem. This is especially the case if your vehicle has begun to produce excessive amounts of colored exhaust smoke. If the smoke is black, it means your vehicle has begun to burn too much fuel. If the smoke is blue, there is likely an issue with the oil present in the combustion chamber. White smoke indicates a coolant leak in your engine. Regardless of the color of the smoke, it is a good idea to take your vehicle in for an inspection since the problem will continue to get worse as you continue driving.

Strange Smells

If there is a strange odor coming from your vehicle, it is another sign of a problem. For example, if you smell something like maple syrup, it may be a problem with the cooling system. If you notice an odor similar to dirty laundry, there could be mold growth in the heater or AC vents. Burning odors indicate a worn clutch that needs to be repaired.

Finding a Quality Mechanic

If you notice any of the issues above or a different problem with your vehicle, it is best to get to a mechanic right away. A professional mechanic can inspect your vehicle and get to the underlying problem. Be sure to put time and effort into finding a quality, reputable, and honest mechanic so that you are not charged for repairs you don’t need.

One of the best ways to find a quality mechanic is by getting recommendations from people you know. With this information, you can find a mechanic who can provide you with the service you need and ensure your car’s efficiency is restored.

Unfortunately, issues can occur with any vehicle, no matter the make, model, or year. Be sure you know the most common issues, like the ones listed above, so you know when to act and seek repairs. This is going to pay off and help ensure your vehicle runs safely and properly. 

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