Your car takes you from A to B time and time again, but if you don't care for your car properly, you won't be going anywhere. Your car needs to be maintained in order to prevent costly repairs and breakdowns. Some of the maintenance tasks you should be doing to your car includes checking all fluids. You should also be making sure your tires have enough air and have enough tread on them for your car to be driving safe. If you aren't doing these basic tasks, you could end up with a breakdown. If you aren't sure if your car needs to be repaired, read on for some signs that it's time.
Listen for sounds that your car is making that is out of the norm. If your car is idling high for instance, it may be over-heating and could need oil or coolant. If your car sounds like it isn't changing gears, it may have a transmission issue or may also be in need of oil. A squealing or grinding noise may be an issue with your brakes and rotors. Listen for odd sounds and have your car inspected to see what may be the problem. Don't allow these sounds to continue, as it could worsen the problem and make it much costlier to repair.
Odd smells in your car could be that you haven't cleaned it in awhile, or it could be a different issue, such as a coolant leak, or a burning smell could be an issue with your transmission. A burning tire smell could be an issue with your tires, and a burning plastic odor could be something mechanical under the hood. Have any odd smells inspected to get it repaired in a timely manner.
If any of the car dashboard lights come on, such as the check oil light, the gas light or the check engine light, tend to these warning lights. Add gas, get an oil change, and the check engine light should be diagnosed at your local car repair shop. Don't run your car with these lights on, they are indicator lights that there is a problem and that problem needs to be repaired.
If you have noticed any odd sounds, smells, or seen any issues with your car, have your car diagnosed and repaired by a professional mechanic to ensure your car is working properly. For more information, reach out to a professional who provides car repair services.