Most vehicle owners would be able to respond to a serious situation regarding car repairs. For example, it’s easy to tell when there is something seriously wrong with the engine. Regular maintenance is an entirely different animal, it seems. Many people tend to put it off. Or, they completely forget about taking their vehicle to the shop for a car tune-up.
A tune-up isn’t a costly item on its own. However, neglecting to take care of it can lead to some more serious (and expensive) auto repairs. The longer an owner goes between tune-ups, the more likely the car will show some signs of neglect. Here are some signs that your car needs a tune-up.
It’s making strange noises.
If the car is making unusual sounds, it’s probably an indication that something is wrong under the hood. Something could be loose, or it could be low on fluids. You need to investigate and deal with the source of the noise before the problem becomes worse.
The brakes aren’t working as well as usual.
The brake system is one of the most important parts of the car. When you push down on the brakes, do they engage right away? If not, it’s time to have a professional look at your car.
The car is stalling.
If the car stalls one time, you may be able to brush it off. But don’t. This should not be happening. You can prevent this by taking your car in for regular maintenance. There could be many reasons why your car is stalling, and you need to find out the cause and correct it.
Your gas mileage is going down.
When you find you are suddenly paying more to keep gas in your tank, it’s a red flag. Fuel mileage is connected to multiple systems in your car, such as the engine, wheel alignment and the emissions system. Don’t wait to schedule your tune-up once you notice the impact to your budget.
A warning light on the dash is on.
As soon as you see one of the warning lights come on, it’s time to take action. Modern vehicles are too complicated for you to try to diagnose the problem yourself. You need a technician who can use computer diagnostics to give your vehicle a once-over and let you know what the issue is.
If you are experiencing any of the situations on this list, call us or drive by our shop to schedule your tune-up. We’ll give your car a thorough inspection and let you know what needs to be dealt with immediately. Our expert technicians can help you arrange a schedule for regular maintenance.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Regular Vehicle Maintenance in Bellingham
Serving Customers in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden and Whatcom County