According to manufacturer guidelines (and many insurance or warranty conditions), your car should be serviced after a certain amount of mileage or time has passed. Here are some tell-tale signs that your vehicle may be long overdue:
The Engine Warning Light: the most obvious sign that something has gone awry with your engine. Most modern cars use this to tell you that it’s time for a service. It’s liklely nothing to panic about just yet, but it is advisable to service it as soon as possible.
Smoke or Steam Coming Out From Under the Bonnet: another obvious sign that something is terribly wrong. Steam is generally white in colour and could indicate a problem with your radiator, such as overheating. Best idea? Pull over and let your car cool down. Blue or dark smoke, on the other hand, indicates a bigger problem. It’s better to pull over and have your car towed to its destination. Blue smoke is generally caused by burning oil, and obviously, this can lead to a number of bigger problems. It could be due to piston wear, worn valve seals, piston rings, worn engine oil seals, head gasket failure or an intake manifold gas leak.
Vibrating / Pulling Brakes: this could be due to a problem in your steering, suspension or, most likely, worn brake discs or pads. If your tyres are wearing unevenly, this is a good sign that you’re in trouble. It’s not at all safe to drive like this.
Strange Noises: cars make strange noises every now and then, and the cause of which could be any number of things. Here are some common sounds: