Critical Signs It's Time for a Car Inspection & Where to Go

Critical Signs It's Time for a Car Inspection & Where to Go
| By: Christian Brothers Automotive

How Do You Know It's Time to Bring Your Car to a Local Auto Shop?

Whether you're dealing with a bumpy ride, poor fuel economy, or a strange sound coming from the engine, bringing your ride into a local auto shop for a professional car inspection can help you identify and address any mechanical issues that may arise in your vehicle’s engine, fluids, electrical systems, brakes, suspension system, and more.

At Christian Brothers Automotive, we perform comprehensive auto inspections every day and have seen our fair share of drivers simply wait too long to get things inspected, resulting in all kinds of damage and necessary repairs. Part of our mission is Driving Joy, which means helping you avoid all that damage and those big, expensive repairs, so we've put together seven signs that it's time to schedule an inspection for your vehicle. In the racing world, a red flag means the conditions are no longer safe for you to continue as you are; it means pulling over until the problem is resolved. So here are 7 signs, or red flags, that it’s time for a car inspection.

7 Red Flags that a Car Inspection is Needed

Your car is more than just a means of transportation; it's your trusted companion on the road. To make sure that you're driving around safely and efficiently, here are seven red flags we’re waving to urge you to take your car in for an inspection:

  1. The Harshness Flag. If you notice unusual noises or vibrations while driving, it's time for a car inspection. Squealing brakes, grinding gears, rattling sounds, or excessive vibrations can be signs of various problems. Skilled technicians can identify the source of these noises and vibrations and perform the necessary repairs to ensure your vehicle's optimal performance. Our expert technicians have been spotted underneath cars wearing specialized stethoscopes while listening for small strange sounds. True story!

  2. The Indicator Flag. When warning lights illuminate on your dashboard, they clearly indicate that something needs attention. From the check engine light to ABS or battery warning lights, ignoring them can lead to further damage. A car inspection will help diagnose the underlying issue, and with prompt repairs or maintenance, you can prevent potential breakdowns.

  3. The Guzzler Flag. Has your car suddenly started guzzling more gas than usual? A significant decrease in fuel efficiency may point to issues such as a clogged air filter, malfunctioning sensors, or a fuel system problem. A thorough car inspection can identify the cause and restore your vehicle's fuel efficiency, saving you money at the pump.

  4. The Halting Flag. If your brakes feel spongy, make grinding noises, or take longer to stop your vehicle, it's time for a car inspection. Brake issues are serious safety concerns that require immediate attention. Skilled mechanics can assess your braking system and perform necessary repairs or replacements, ensuring optimal stopping power.

  5. The Spill Flag. If you notice puddles or stains of fluid under your car, it's crucial to have it inspected. Fluid leaks, such as oil, coolant, or transmission fluid, can lead to engine damage and other complications. A car inspection will identify the source of the leak and allow mechanics to address the issue promptly, preventing further damage.

  6. The Helm Flag. Difficulty in steering or a pulling sensation to one side while driving can indicate problems with your car's steering system. It could be caused by misaligned wheels, worn-out suspension components, or issues with power steering. Through a comprehensive car inspection, professionals can pinpoint the problem and perform the necessary repairs or adjustments to ensure a smooth and safe driving experience.

  7. The Putrid Flag. Unpleasant or unusual odors inside or outside your car should never be ignored. A strong burning smell could indicate an overheating engine or electrical problem, while a sweet odor might signal a coolant leak. A car inspection will help identify the source of the smell and enable the technicians to address the issue promptly, ensuring your safety and preventing potential damage.

Your safety and the longevity of your vehicle depend on regular car inspections. By recognizing these seven red flags as warning signs, you can proactively address potential issues before they escalate.

Get Your Courtesy Car Inspection from Christian Brothers Automotive

If it's time for your annual car inspection or you just want to ensure your car is in excellent condition, bring it to the professionals at Christian Brothers Automotive. Once a vehicle enters our shop, our expert technicians perform a free Courtesy Inspection to check for potential problems or issues. It’s a thorough health check-up that offers an amazing heads up before your car’s time is up.

We understand the importance of safety for our guests and their vehicles, and regardless of the auto services needed after your inspection, from oil changes and fluid flushes to brake repairs and engine tune-ups, you can rest assured that our mechanics’ work will meet and exceed industry standards and will be covered under our industry leading warranty. And, you won’t have to wait weeks or months for our shop to look at your vehicle. Expect quick service!

Plus, to make things even more convenient, we also offer complimentary shuttle services, rental cars (not all locations), early bird drop-off options, after-hours pick up options, and free Wi-Fi and snacks while you wait in our comfortable waiting area; it's all part of our Nice Difference!

Stay vigilant, and join thousands of others who are enjoying the peace of mind that has come with a well-maintained vehicle serviced by their local Christian Brothers Automotive shop! Call or go online to schedule your appointment today!
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