Let’s say you’re on your way to see some family, and it requires you to drive for a couple of hours to get where you need to go. You’re cruising down the highway, you don’t care about much except the songs on the radio. The steering wheel isn’t turning as easily as you’d like, but the road is straight, so it’s fine. Then the “check engine” light switches on and as you’ve had some temperamental times with this car, you’re fine with waiting until you get to your destination.
Then the brakes are squeaking, and so you turn the radio up a little to hear the music over the squeaking. Before you know it, your car has veered off to the wrong side of the road with a smoking hood, and you are suddenly in an emergency situation. This could have been very different had you just ensured that your car was in good condition before setting out on your journey. You need your car to have the right TLC in the same way you do when there’s an issue and you seek out a doctor. Perhaps you needed new BMW parts replaced. Maybe you just needed a tune up to make sure that your car is running as well as it should be. Either way, you need to know when the best time is to see a mechanic, and we’ve got five signs below that say it’s time you get your car looked at.
Sudden Mileage Decrease. Your car is pretty clever in knowing how far you’ve gone, which is why you need to pay attention to the gas mileage meter in your car. If it’s suddenly dropped in numbers, then you need to figure out what’s not functioning properly. It can be anything from a gas leak to low levels of oil. Either way, you need a mechanic to check it out and fix any of the issues going on with your gas mileage.
Shaking On The Road. Cars are not built to shake, though you may feel some vibrations while you’re driving. The vibrations are totally normal, but shaking that is excessive and unrelenting is not okay. You could have an issue with your wheel alignment, and when you don’t get this fixed you’ll end up with further damage to your vehicle. If you feel the car shaking while you’re on the road, you need to see a mechanic with some urgency to figure out what’s going on.
Grinding Steering. Your steering wheel shouldn’t be noisy, so if you’re hearing grinding or squealing when you turn, there is a problem. Usually, it’s an issue with the power steering fluid levels and may need a top up, but you can’t be sure until you see an expert.
Leaking Fluid. That puddle under your car? That’s not okay. Get your car seen if you’re noticing stains.
Loud Brakes. If you have started to notice a loud noise when you step on the brakes, you have to cut your drive short and go to your mechanic. It usually means that you need new brake pads, and it needs urgent attention.