Can you imagine that you’re going for an afternoon cruise, the sun is out, the air feels great, your hair smells like the great outdoors, and the miles just seem to pass by with ease. All of a sudden, your check engine light shows up on your dashboard, but that could mean nothing. It’s just a little glitch in your vehicle’s electrical system that’s triggering it. It should turn off at some point. All of a sudden, you start to hear your car screeching when you tap on your brakes, but you don’t mind, because there’s very little traffic on the road you’re traveling. In fact, you can drown those screeches out just by turning on the radio. Next, your steering wheel is putting up a struggle whenever you try to make a turn in your vehicle. However, that’s nothing to worry about, because it’s a pretty straight drive.

Before you know it, you’re on the side of the road, hood popped open, and your car is emitting smoke like a fireplace. What seemed like trivial problems has now turned into something major and it’s going to cost a boat load of money to fix. If you had just paid more attention to the small problems, you wouldn’t be in this situation. So, when should you see an Auto Mechanic at D & J Automotive and Performance?

Below, you will find some signs that you should look for. If you experience any of these problems, it may be time to bring you car to D & J Automotive and Performance.

1. You start to notice a sudden decrease in your miles per gallon. Your oil could be low or even worse; you may have a gas leak.

2. When you hit your brakes and your car starts to vibrate. This could be due to something that’s off balance or you could need new brake pads.

3. Your car starts making a screeching or grinding noise when you hit the brakes. This could mean that you need new brake pads and you’re wearing down the rotors.

4. Fluids are leaking from your vehicle. If you ever go out to get in your car and you notice fluids are leaking from it, you need to take it to a mechanic.

These are just a few examples of small problems that could turn into big problems. If your vehicle is acting out-of-the-ordinary, take it to a mechanic.