Maintaining a vehicle in top condition not only ensures your safety on the road but also helps extend the life of your car. However, recognising when your car needs professional attention from a car garage can sometimes be a daunting task.

Knowing the key warning signs that indicate a trip to a car garage is necessary can save you time, and money, and potentially avoid a roadside breakdown. In this summary, we'll explore these signs and introduce Eden Motor Group as a trusted provider for your car maintenance needs.

1. Warning Lights on the Dashboard

The most immediate signs that your vehicle needs a checkup are the warning lights on the dashboard. These icons light up as part of the car's self-diagnostic system when it detects irregularities in the system. Common warning lights include the check engine light, oil pressure warning, battery charge warning, and brake warning light. Ignoring these can lead to severe problems or costly repairs down the line. If you are unsure of what certain lights mean, read another recent blog of ours - otherwise, contact our car garage team to ask for advice.

2. Strange Noises

Any unusual noises — such as squealing, grinding, thumping, or clicking — should not be ignored. These sounds could indicate a variety of issues, from brake problems (squealing or grinding when braking) to a failing CV joint (clicking noise when turning). Early diagnosis can prevent minor issues from turning into major repairs.

3. Fluid Leaks

If you notice any puddles or stains under your car, it's likely due to a fluid leak. Common vehicle fluids include engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. The type of fluid leaking can often be determined by its colour and location, but any leak warrants a professional car garage inspection to prevent further damage.

4. Smoke or Steam from Under the Hood

Smoke or steam coming from under the hood can indicate overheating or burning oil. If you see steam, it's likely your engine is overheating — a serious issue that should be addressed immediately. Smoke can indicate oil leaks that are burning off due to engine heat. Both require a visit to a car garage before more serious damage occurs.

5. Poor Performance or Reduced Fuel Efficiency

If your car isn’t performing as it should or if you've noticed a significant decrease in fuel efficiency, these could be signs of underlying problems such as a clogged air filter, failing spark plugs, or sensor malfunctions. These issues might not trigger a warning light but can significantly impact your car's efficiency and longevity.

6. Vibrations or Handling Issues

Unusual vibrations while driving or changes in the handling of your car (like pulling to one side) often suggest issues with the tyres, alignment, or suspension system. Not only can these issues affect your driving comfort, but they can also be hazardous. If you are unsure, contact local your car garage for some professional advice.

7. Braking Problems

Any change in the performance of your brakes is a definite sign that a car garage visit is due. This can include the car pulling to one side when braking, a spongy feel in the brake pedal, or a longer stopping distance. Brake issues can compromise your safety and should be checked immediately.

Servicing Your Car at Eden Motor Group

At Eden Motor Group, we offer a comprehensive range of MOT and servicing car garage options to handle all the above issues and more. Whether you need a full service and MOT, temporary service, specific MOT repairs, or vehicle diagnostics, Eden Motor Group has you covered. Our services include:

  • Full Services and M.O.T.
  • Interim Services and M.O.T.
  • MOT Only
  • Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Full Vehicle Inspections
  • Oil and Filter Changes
  • Management Light Diagnostics
  • Car Safety Checks
  • Car Maintenance
  • Winter Checks

Moreover, Eden Motor Group ensures affordability and convenience with options like fixed price servicing, service plans, and an exclusive service club for select car brands. Customers can also take advantage of online service booking to ensure a hassle-free car garage experience.

Car MOT & Servicing

Understanding when to visit a car garage for maintenance or repairs is crucial for any car owner. Not only does this ensure your safety, but it also maintains the value and efficiency of your vehicle.

With Eden Motor Group, you can rest assured that your car is in good hands, providing peace of mind and a reliable service experience. Keep an eye on these warning signs and schedule a visit when necessary to keep your vehicle running smoothly on the road. Contact our expert team at Eden Motor Group to get your MOT and service at our car garage.