When I got my first car twenty years ago, I was clueless when it came to maintaining it and keeping it in a roadworthy condition. As a result, I had to pay for costly repairs that could have been avoided if the car had been looked after better. I learned my lesson and started reading everything I could about basic car maintenance. I started this blog to share what I've learned in the hopes it will save other new drivers making costly mistakes. I blog about a variety of topics, such as troubleshooting uneven tyre wear, the benefits of regular servicing and maintaining your car during the winter months. I hope you find my blog useful.
Vehicle owners will typically try to take their car for servicing only when it is necessary so as to avoid paying exorbitant amounts of money. The truth of the matter, though, is that if you ignore getting a car service, your vehicle will require more tuning and repairs, and this will make it more expensive than opting for a regular car service. To avoid this, it is best to know what signs to look out for to ensure your vehicle stays in optimum condition. Here are some of the signs indicating your vehicle requires a car service.
Burning smell from your vehicle's exhaust pipe
Granted, the exhaust pipe works toward eliminating smoke fumes from your car while you drive it. However, these exhaust fumes should not smell like there is something burning in your car. If you notice the burning smell, chances are you have an oil leak that has made its way to your exhaust pipe. It would be pertinent to have your car serviced so that the cause is diagnosed and remedied.
Your vehicle keeps stalling
Stalling can be quite an inconvenience, especially if it occurs during heavy traffic, thus causing other drivers to be inconvenienced too. However, this is not the only reason why it is a bother. Typically, if your car starts stalling when you try to accelerate, it could be a symptom of an underlying problem with your engine.
If left unchecked, the problem could become exacerbated over time and end up requiring costly replacements of components in your engine or having the whole engine replaced in its entirety. If you notice your engine is not running optimally, it is best to take your vehicle in for a car service so that an auto mechanic can determine the problem and remedy it post haste.
Decreased mileage with your fuel
Another sign that could indicate you vehicle requires a car service is not getting the most out of your fuel. A sudden change in your fuel mileage means there is a component in your vehicle that is not operating at optimal levels. There are an array of causes for this, including the wrong tyre pressure, compromised brake pads or perhaps a leak you are unaware of. When you notice you are spending more on fuel yet have not changed your regular car use, it is best to have your vehicle taken in for a tune-up to determine the cause of this.