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Does Your Vehicle Need Repair?

Does your vehicle need repair

Does Your Vehicle Need Repair?

Your car should be serviced regularly according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, usually after a certain time period or mileage. However, if you want to know the warning signs that your car is in dire need of a trip to the garage, look no further than these five symptoms. Pfaff Autoworks has provided a guide that, if you keep reading, will tell you when your vehicle is in need of repair. Read on for more information.

Engine Warning Light:

Most modern cars are good at telling you when your car needs to be looked at. If a yellow “check engine” light appears on your dashboard, you should get your car to the garage for a service as soon as possible as there are a range of engine problems that this light could indicate. A lot of cars also have a service light that will come on when your next service is due. While this little light, usually in the shape of a spanner, shouldn’t worry you, it’s best not to ignore it for too long.

Strange Noises:

Any new noises coming from your car should be checked out before they develop into serious problems. Here are some of the sounds you may hear from your car and what they could mean:

Whining from under the hood

Usually caused by a loose belt, which in turn can cause all sorts of issues from overheating to battery problems.

Louder-than-usual exhaust noise

This could be a hole or crack in your exhaust. These tend to be easy to fix but should be looked at because there’s a risk your exhaust pipe could fall off.

Uneven engine noise

You’ll usually hear this when the car is idling. It could mean the engine is misfiring and needs fixing pronto. This could be an easy fix like replacing spark plugs, but could also indicate a more serious problem with your engine and how it handles the air/fuel mixture.

Metal-on-metal

Any scraping sound coming from your car needs to be checked out. This could be a broken part of your car scraping on something else, causing extra damage to both.

Squealing when you step on the brake

This could be an indication of worn brake pads.

Crunching gears

Because the gearbox get a lot of wear and tear, fluids and parts often need replacing. If you hear a crunching noise as you change gear, it’s probably time to get your car serviced.

Vibrating Or Pulling Brakes:

This could be due to worn brake discs or pads, a suspension problem or an issue with your steering. It’s not safe to drive like this so get your car serviced as soon as possible. These symptoms could also be a sign of tire wear, so check that your tires have at least the minimum requirement of tire tread, 1.6mm, and that they’re not wearing unevenly.

Reduced Ride Comfort:

If you find that speed bumps are becoming a problem, your car is riding low or you can hear your tyres scraping on the wheel arch of your car, it’s time to get it checked out. Any of these symptoms could signal an issue with your suspension.

These are just some of the signs your car needs a service but to keep it in tip-top condition you should follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and get it serviced regularly. Pfaff Autoworks is a professional and quality vehicle collision facility that has the equipment, machinery, and trained technicians for all kind of auto repairs. Our Express Repair Service is also convenient for vehicles that have minor damage. We do advise that you call ahead before bringing your car into us for express repair. For more information about our services at Pfaff Autoworks, please feel free to continue browsing through our website. Click here to find our contact information and to fill out our contact form.