How Do I Know When My Car Needs Servicing?
Is your Land Rover safe to drive, or has it been a while since you last got it checked? At Broadfields, we specialise in Land Rover servicing and safety checks. Discover the tell-tale signs that mean you need to take your Land Rover for a service.
A warning light on your dashboard is a clear sign that something’s not right. Lots of the warning signs are easy to understand – an oil can symbol indicates low oil pressure, for example – but if you’re not sure what it means, have a look at your car manual. If the problem’s not easily resolved, be sure to book your Land Rover into the garage to get it fixed.
What’s that sound you keep hearing when you drive? Squeaks, squeals, whistles, rattles and groans are all telling you there’s something happening in your car that needs checking out. The exact source of the noise will need to be investigated. A squealing sound when you brake could be a sign that your brake pads are worn. A metal scraping sound could mean there’s something broken that’s wearing against another part.
It can happen to anyone every now and then, but if you find yourself stalling at the lights for the umpteenth time, it could be a problem with the car and not with your driving. Frequent stalling could be a symptom of engine problems, so don’t hesitate to get it seen by a Land Rover specialist.
Smoke or steam
Clouds of smoke coming from your car are a sure-fire sign of trouble. If there’s smoke or steam coming from under the bonnet, your engine is overheating, which could indicate a problem with the radiator. Black smoke coming from your exhaust could be down to an oil leak, caused by a fault with the pistons, oil seals or other parts. If you notice blue smoke coming from your car, get it towed to the garage immediately – it’s a sign of burning oil, which can be serious.
Your service is overdue
Just like a check-up, the importance of car servicing is to pick up problems early and save a bigger job further down the line. You’re not supposed to wait until something goes wrong, so one of the easiest ways to tell if your car needs a service is if it’s been more than 12 months since it last got checked. The longer you leave it, the more likely you are to run into problems, and to face the added costs of replacing parts. Make a point of noting down your Land Rover service schedule on a calendar, in your diary, or setting an alarm on your phone, so that your next service doesn’t get forgotten.
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