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Signs Your Car Needs A Service

For most of us, driving a car is a daily necessity but we all experience that annual niggling reminder that our vehicle is due for an MOT. However, what do you do when disaster randomly strikes at other moments? We can often ignore the signs sneaking up on us and carry on as normal. Let’s be honest, we don’t want to be looking or listening out for every little thing - life is stressful enough as it is.

A healthy vehicle is important for your everyday life: commuting for work, completing the school run or general day to day events. So we’ve compiled a short guide to help reduce your worries. Here are the main signs to look out for:

Warning Light

Probably the most obvious of them all, the warning light is the fear of any driver. Usually in the shape of a spanner, most cars have a service light that will pop up when your next service is due. But when a red or yellow check engine symbol flashes, it’s time to get yourself to a garage before problems escalate.

Nasty Noises

New noises from a car are never a good sign and could develop into a world of problems. Any whining from under the bonnet, louder or uneven exhaust noise, squealing, crunching or metal on metal should be looked at as soon as possible.

Smoke and Steam

Where steam from your car isn’t a great sign and you should get it checked as soon as possible, you’re not in immediate danger. Usually, white steam is caused by issues with the radiator and is often because of overheating. Keeping an eye on your car’s temperature gauge will help with this. Blue or grey smoke can be caused by lack of oil, so it begins to burn. Check your oil levels, particularly if you drive an automatic. If grey or black smoke continues, get yourself to a garage or get a tow when you can.

Vibration, Pulling and Grinding

Braking should always be clean and responsive. If you find this isn’t the case and your vehicle experiences vibration or pulling under braking, it’s probably time for a service. This is also relevant if you hear your gears grinding as you shift. Brake pads, discs and the gearbox naturally experience wear and tear on a day to day basis, so getting them checked early on is important. Fortunately, these issues will be obvious very quickly.

Make sure you’re hassle free and book in your car for a service at least once a year. As a leading garage in the beautiful city of St Albans and the county of Hertfordshire, we at St Albans Car Clinic care about your needs and your car.

Running for over eighteen years, our Car Clinic is family run and we work at the highest standard. Get in touch with us today for more information.

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