How to Know When Your Car Needs A Mechanic

If you’ve ever driven a car that sounds like it’s ready to fall apart, then you know how important it is to pay attention to what’s going on under the hood. Most cars are pretty good at telling us when something needs fixing, but if you’re not used to listening closely or you’ve never had any issues with your car in the past, then sometimes it can be hard to tell when something is wrong. If your car has been making strange noises lately but you aren’t sure what they mean or if they’re even dangerous, don’t worry—we’ll break down exactly how to tell when something needs repair in this article!

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Unusual Smells

If the smell is unusual, it could indicate a problem. A burning oil or rubber smell could mean a leak somewhere in your vehicle. The same goes for an antifreeze or rotten eggs odor. If you notice a food-like odor inside your car, it could be time to get that checked out too!

Knocking Sounds

You can tell that your car is knocking because of worn out engine parts. A knock or rattle can be caused by a lack of lubrication, so if your engine sounds like it’s knocking, it’s time to take your vehicle in for an inspection. If the cause of this noise is indeed a low oil level, you’ll need to have the engine repaired or replaced entirely.

A mechanic will know what’s wrong with your car and let you know what repairs are needed—and how much it will cost!

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Loud Noises

If you hear a loud noise, it could be a sign of problems. A loud squeal usually means that the car’s brakes are worn out or need to be replaced. If your car is making a rattling sound when accelerating, this may indicate that the engine is misfiring due to worn spark plugs and/or dirty fuel injectors. If you hear strange noises while driving and feel vibrations through the steering wheel and seat, it might mean that there’s an issue with one or more of your tires—most likely either a flat spot or bad alignment (this can also cause tire wear).

If you notice any of these disturbing sounds in your vehicle, don’t ignore them; instead, contact us today!

Slow to Accelerate

  • Check the engine oil level. If it’s too low, your car may be burning more oil than normal and will need to be repaired soon.
  • Make sure that you are checking the transmission fluid level at least once every 30 days or so—it can help to indicate if there is something wrong with your transmission or if you have a leak in any of its parts.
  • Check the power steering fluid level as well; this should also be done every month or so to ensure that everything is running smoothly.
  • Check brake fluid levels (brakes are important!) every month as well and make sure they aren’t low enough to cause any issues while stopping or accelerating quickly out on the roadways!
  • Finally, check coolant levels in order to make sure they aren’t running low since this could cause major problems down the line like overheating engines after just driving around town normally without noticing anything wrong until suddenly one day there is smoke coming out from under where we park our cars near home each evening after work has ended.”

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Car Fluid Leaks

A car needs the right amount of oil, coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid to run efficiently. If these fluids are low or leaking at all, it could be an indication that something is wrong with your vehicle.

Checking Your Oil Level

First check your oil dipstick to see if you have enough oil in the engine. You can do this by looking at both ends of the dipstick; if one end shows no signs of oil (or just a small amount), then it’s time to add more. If your car has been sitting unused for some time, it may also need an oil change before driving again so that there’s enough fresh lubrication to protect against overheating and wear on moving parts inside the engine compartment

Low Tire Pressure

Another thing to keep in mind is that your tires should be checked monthly, as low tire pressure can cause uneven tread wear, poor gas mileage and poor handling. You can check your tire pressure with a gauge or by using a penny.

  • If you see that the tread on one of your tires is significantly lower than the rest of them, it may be time for some maintenance.
  • If after checking the tire pressure with a gauge or using a penny you find there’s something off about it (i.e., less than 30 pounds per square inch), bring this to your mechanic’s attention right away!

Listen to What Your Car is Telling You

  • Listen to your car. If you notice any unusual noises, such as grinding or squeaking, this could be an indication that something is wrong and needs to be repaired.
  • Ask a mechanic if you are unsure of what sounds are normal or abnormal for your vehicle.
  • Consider asking a mechanic to check over your car if they have not been checked recently or if there is a new noise coming from the engine compartment of your vehicle that wasn’t there before


Hopefully this has been helpful and makes it easier to determine when you should take your car in for a mechanic repair. We know that sometimes it can be tricky to tell if something is really wrong with your car, but if you keep an ear out for any unusual sounds or smells then you are likely to catch any problems sooner rather than later!