Not every car owner has their vehicle serviced as often as they should. It can be all too easy to forget how long it has been since your last oil change or your last tune-up. CarAdvise makes staying on top of your maintenance easy and stores all of your maintenance history at your fingertips. In addition to OEM maintenance recommendations, there are also some clear indicators that your vehicle requires an inspection or may need to be repaired. After all, delaying maintenance and repairs can result in more costly repairs down the road.
Check engine light and dashboard warnings
Your vehicle’s on-board diagnostic systems are key to identifying problems and to keeping your car running safely and efficiently. Flashing and blinking dash warning lights (including your check engine and brake system lights) are an indication that there is an issue that should be addressed as soon as possible. Many shops will charge a flat hourly rate to perform a warning light diagnosis. Typically, shops will apply the diagnosis fee towards the repair. To have a dash warning light diagnosis performed, schedule service at a CarAdvise Certified Shop today.
Green fluid under your car
This is a clear indication that your car is leaking radiator fluid. The issue could be as minor as a loose fitting or hose, or as severe as a cracked radiator. This type of issue needs to be looked at as quickly as possible to prevent overheating and potentially permanent damage to your engine. If this is being experienced, schedule radiator service with a reputable shop through CarAdvise.
Oil spots under your vehicle
Are there dark brown oil spots in your driveway or garage floor? These stains indicate that your engine is leaking motor oil. The issue could be something less minor such as a loose drain plug or oil filter. Alternatively, it could be a more serious problem such as a failed gasket. Schedule an engine assembly inspection through CarAdvise to prevent more costly repairs or permanent damage to your engine.
Grinding when braking
If you hear a grinding noise when braking, this is an indication that your brake pads are overdue for replacement and that the brake rotors are likely being damaged. When brake pads are beyond their wear limit, it allows for other braking components to come into contact with the brake rotors. Brakes are considered the most important safety item on your vehicle. If this is occurring, it is recommended to schedule a brake system inspection at a fair price through CarAdvise as quickly as possible.
Squealing when braking
Most vehicle and brake pad manufacturers equip brake pads with indicators that squeal when brake pads are nearing the end of their service life. Squealing or squeaking can also indicate that the there is another brake system component that may require service. Delaying brake service can quickly result in more costly repairs, schedule your service today through CarAdvise.
Louder than normal operation, rumbling, or sputtering from beneath the car
This is typically an indication that there is an issue with the exhaust system. Exhaust leaks can diminish fuel economy and are bad for the environment. With possibilities ranging from a loose pipe to a bad muffler or catalytic converter, it is suggested to schedule an exhaust system inspection through CarAdvise to identify the cause of the issue.
Humming or growling when driving
These types of sounds can indicate that your tires are in need of replacement. Another possible cause is a bad wheel bearing, especially if the sound is observed when turning or changing lanes. A seized or damaged wheel bearing can leave you stranded so it is suggested to have a CarAdvise Certified Shop perform an inspection to identify the cause and repair the issue.
Chirping or screeching sound from under the hood
Your drive belt (or serpentine belt) directs engine power to accessory components such as the AC compressor and the power steering pump. Over time, the drive belt can become frayed, glazed or cracked. If a chirping or screeching sound is observed (especially when starting the car), it is likely that the belt requires replacement. This relatively inexpensive service can be scheduled through CarAdvise.