Signs Your Car Needs to Be Serviced

When it comes to car service, most car owners tend to forget when they had last serviced the vehicle and when the next service is due. It is important to identify tell-tale signs that your vehicle needs servicing. This can help save time and money and ensure that your vehicle doesn’t breakdown in the middle of the road. If it’s been a while since you last had your vehicle serviced, I would suggest make sure you do this regularly and be sure to take advantage of dealership service specials that will help keep you up and running.  Here are the signs to look for.

Unusual Noises

If you notice your vehicle making unusual noises when driving, it is usually an indication of a problem. Does the engine sound louder than normal? Do you hear dragging sound from the wheels? Do the brakes squeal loudly when applied?

If the gear box has undergone a lot of wear and tear, you will hear a crunching sound when you change gears. Metal on metal noise indicates any broken part scraping on other parts of the car. This can cause considerable damage to the vehicle.



Smoke coming under the car’s hood can be due to an overheating problem with the engine. Excessive smoke from the exhaust can be due to an oil leak. Worn engine oil seals, piston wear, worn piston rings and head gasket failure can also cause smoke.

Steering Problem

If there is any problem with the steering it can be dangerous. You can find it difficult to steer the vehicle on the road. This needs to be checked immediately by a professional mechanic.


Oil spots under the car indicate a leak. Without proper lubrication the engines performance will be undermined. The engine will eventually lock up.

Vibration When Braking

If the car vibrates when braking, it can be due to worn disc brakes or pads. Any issue with the steering or suspension problem can also result in vibration when driving or braking.


It is advisable to get your vehicle serviced regularly if you want to drive safe and secure on the road.

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