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Understanding the Importance of Auto Service: A Guide for Everyone

Auto service is critical, and without it, you can lose your car or put yourself in danger. Hi, my name is Pete, and after ignoring my brakes for too long, I was in an accident. I made it my goal to learn everything I could about the importance of car service. Regardless of how much or how little you know about cars, I hope that these blogs can help you. I plan to focus on a range of topics related to auto service and possibly some other ideas as well. This is my first blog, and I hope that you enjoy it. When I'm not writing, I work in a coffee shop during the day and part-time for a telemarketing company in the evenings. I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family.

Understanding the Importance of Auto Service: A Guide for Everyone

How to Tell When Your Car Is Due For a Tune Up

by Alexandra Obrien

Whether this is your first car, or you just generally don't know much about cars, there are clear signs that your car can give you to let you know when it's time to get a full auto service.

Soft or noisy brakes

Ideally, when you step on the brakes you shouldn't hear any noises or vibrations. Also, if you have to really press down on the brakes to get them to work, then they may be getting soft, meaning you are due for a brake service immediately. Brake fluid, brake pads and rotors are used often and need to be replaced regularly in order to keep you safe while driving, so do not ignore any issues: contact a brake service.

Smoking hood

This often scary for most people because they think the car is going to explode. Well, that will not happen if you have the problem checked out as soon as possible.

If you notice smoke coming from your hood, check the temperature gauge. If it is going up, then your engine is overheating and could be seriously damaged. Slow down and stop the car as soon as you can to let the engine cool down, and call for help.

Leaks under the car

Most driving instructors (well, good ones anyway) advise you to always check underneath your car every morning before heading out. The idea here is to see if there are any leaks coming from the engine.

If you see a puddle of bright green liquid, then your engine is leaking coolant. Make sure to add some more, then head straight to the auto service shop to see why there is a leak. If the puddle is dark red or brown, it could be engine oil, brake fluid or transmission oil. In this case, just call your mechanic to come over check out the car.

However, if you see fresh water from the passenger side of the car, don't worry about it. It comes from running the air conditioner especially during warmer weather conditions.

Warning lights

There is a reason those were placed on the dashboard, so you shouldn't ignore them. If functioning properly, they should tell you if there is a problem or potential problem with your car engine. Once you see any of those warning light going on, you should have the associated problem checked out immediately. This way, you can fix a minor problem at a cheaper cost rather than letting it developing into a bigger, riskier and more expensive issue.

For instance, if your engine light starts flashing, it means you have a problem with your engine that needs immediate attention. It could be something as small as running low on oil or as serious as an emissions system issue that could damage your car's catalytic convertor if not repaired.