Today's cars are some of the most complicated machines ever built

Cars have more computing capabilities than the first spaceships that brought men to the moon! However, all this technology does not make them invincible! It is important that you always pay attention to what your car is trying to tell you. You rely on your car to get to and from work or to take the kids to school or pick them up from soccer practice. Your car is there to use for leisurely activities as well. As long as you keep up with routine maintenance it will likely continue to offer you the transportation you need. However, should you neglect your car or if it simply has high mileage, you may find it expressing some trouble.
For most vehicles, regular maintenance service is generally recommended at every 5,000 miles. Of course, checking your car on a more regular basis is even better. Maintenance keeps your vehicle running safely and smoothly down the road for a much longer distance compared to never doing upkeep.

5 signs you need engine serviced

1. Check Engine Light
When the check engine light comes on be sure to get to the repair shop for proper diagnostics. Lots of things can trigger this light. The longer you wait the worse the problem will get and the more expensive the repairs!
2. Leaks

If you notice any major leaks underneath your car on the ground where you normally park, take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible. 

Usually toward the front of the car, you’ll want to look for bright green (coolant) or dark red/brown (transmission oil, engine oil or brake fluid). As a side note, in the summer months with the air conditioner running, there will be fresh water dripping from the front near the passenger side, this is normal. 



3. Smoke coming from under the hood

Your vehicle should never have any type of smoke coming from under the hood. This could indicate an over-heating problem, which could severely damage your engine if you continue to drive.

Keep an eye on the temperature gauge on the dash and be sure that it is not going up. If you are driving, pull over and wait for the engine to cool and consider getting assistance immediately.


4. Engine chugging, racing or shaking

This could be a performance problem, which may mean your car needs a tune-up. Either way, take it into your shop for a test drive or make the next available appointment. 


5. Loss in power or stalling

Difficulty getting up to speed, or not being able reach the same distance with a full tank of gas could mean something is wrong. Also stalling even though you’re in the right gear can be a tell-tale sign.