Properly maintaining a vehicle is a priority for every driver who intends on staying on the road for years to come. Unfortunately, keeping up with your car can be difficult, especially if you have a busy lifestyle. On the upside, there are a couple of tell-tale signs you’re due for service. Trust us here at Friendly Ford; here’s how to tell if you’re due for car service!
Dashboard Lights – The dashboard warning lights aren’t just for show. Those lights indicate that there’s a problem in some part of the car and it should be dealt with sooner rather than later. There are some lights that mean you should pull off the road and turn off the car to avoid damaging the mechanical parts. Other lights simply mean minor things, like low tire pressure. Consult your owner’s manual for more information on warning lights.
Feel – If your car’s ride feels bumpy or rough, consider having it checked by a professional technician. Before you head to the dealership, check your tire pressure to see if that’s the problem. If your tire pressure is low, inflate your tires. Stop in at the dealership if the ride is still rougher than normal.
Sound – Any odd noise coming from under the hood isn’t good. There’s little need to tell most drivers that if they hear something unusual, like a bang or clang, under the hood, stop the car and contact the service department immediately.
Keeping track of your vehicle’s health can be as easy as looking at the dashboard, provided you know what each light stands for. While most drivers know the basics, like the battery and tires, other warning lights are less common. That’s where we come in. Here are some explanations of helpful vehicle warning signs you should know.
Airbag – Lighting upon initially starting the car, the airbag fault light depicts a large circle in front of a seatbelt-secured driver. While it normally turns off after a brief second, it might stay on and that’s when you need to be worried. If the light stays on, it means the system has found a problem with the airbag system. Take it to a service technician for repair right away.
Overdrive – Simply “O/D OFF,” this light indicates that someone in the car has turned off the overdrive system. To turn it back on, simply press the on/off button and worry no more.
ESP – A triangle with an exclamation point in the middle surrounded by an arrow, this light indicates there’s a problem with the traction control system. It’s designed to keep you on the road, so professional attention is highly recommended to fix the problem.