5 Signs your Vehicle Needs to get to the Shop

Our vehicles are more complicated than ever. Because of this complexity, there are many things that can go wrong with your car. There are repairs that can wait and other signs that you need to get your car into the shop as soon as possible. If you are not sure, contact St. Paul Automotive for assistance. Here are 5 clear signs your vehicle needs to get to the shop.

5 Reasons to Bring your Vehicle into the Shop

  1. The Check-Engine light is on. If the light is flashing, you must get your car in for service immediately. It could indicate an extreme problem that could result in something major, especially if the issue is emissions-related, in which case damage to the catalytic converter could occur. If the light is merely illuminated, you should schedule service as soon as possible.
  2. Smoke flows from the exhaust pipe: If the temperatures outside are cold, a cold engine may produce what looks like smoke, but is actually water vapor. If you determine that what is coming from the exhaust is actually smoke, it could indicate an oil leak. An acrid smell accompanying the smoke is confirmation that your car needs to be serviced.
  3. Unfamiliar noises. Cars produce many noises, but some jump out as unexpected, unnatural, and problematic. Noises that seem to come from the wheels could indicate an issue with bearings or tie-rod ends. If you hear a grinding noise or squealing when you depress the brakes, it could be an issue with your braking system. Any sound that gets your attention should also tell you it’s time to get your vehicle to St. Paul Auto.
  4. Surging acceleration or difficulty getting up to speed. If you experience either or both of these extremes, it could indicate a problem with your transmission. We understand how to diagnose and repair problems with transmissions and drivelines, and not every auto shop does.
  5. Leaks. Like smoke coming out of the exhaust or from under your hood, a car that is allowing fluid to escape its systems is never a good sign. This is especially true if the liquid is brake fluid, transmission fluid, or engine oil. It is common for all cars with air-conditioning to drip water when the system is in use. But this is condensation and is normal. Fluids that have color and viscosity, however, should tell you it’s time to bring your car to us.

Trusted St. Paul Auto Repair Shop

St. Paul Automotive can identify the cause of the problem and get your car back on the road quickly. If you have any questions, give us a call at 651-298-0956.