7 Signs You Should Head to the Auto Repair Shop

Published on

August 31, 2021

Overall vehicle health starts with keeping the engine running right. Now that summer is here, the scorching heat, dust, and occasional rain can take a toll on your vehicle's system. Heading to your trusted auto repair shop the moment you notice signs of engine trouble can be less expensive the sooner you do it. Most importantly, doing it right now will keep you and your family safe.

1. Falling Oil Level


Topping off your oil occasionally can help extend the period of time between oil changes. However, if your oil level seems to fall quickly and constantly, your oil system has likely developed a problem. In this situation, you may need additional repairs on top of an oil change.

Remember, conventional oil should be done every 3,000 miles. Synthetic oil should be done every 6,000 miles.

Changing your oil and filter will help your vehicle's engine continue working at its best. At Quality Tune-Up shops, technicians will consider the make, model, condition, and mileage of your car before recommending the necessary oil change. Plus, all services will be warranted for three (3) months or 3,000 miles unless otherwise noted.

2. Your air filter is just simply, dirty

The engine air filter captures dirt and dust before they can enter the engine. Keeping your components clean contributes to your engine running more efficiently. A clean air filter allows uncontaminated air to pass freely into the combustion chamber of your engine. This also makes your engine run better, cleaner and use less gas. Remember: Change every 15,000 Miles

3. Erratic Shifting

Changed every 30,000 Miles – Transmission fluid wears out over time. Because it lubricates one of the most essential parts of your car, changing it regularly will help your transmission last longer with fewer repairs. Technicians can perform a test on your transmission fluid with a chemically treated pad to determine if your transmission fluid is ready to be changed free of charge anytime you are in for service.

4. Vehicle Overheating and High-Temperature Gauge

The coolant in your car keeps the engine cool during the summer months and keeps the fluid from freezing in the cold of winter. The fluid naturally breaks down from constant use and no longer provides the protection you need.

Technicians inspect the system for leaks and damage before replacing your fluid. The pressure test the system for leaks and to make sure your radiator cap is sealing correctly.

5. Clogged Fuel Filter

Change every 30,000 Miles – When your fuel filter gets clogged, it affects the ability of the engine to receive the proper amount of gasoline to function. If it is completely clogged, the engine will not run at all.

6. You are low on steering fluid

By the time you start to hear squealing when the wheel is turning, or the wheels begin to turn in a jerky motion, it is past time for a change.

Your auto repair techs will test your fluid when you come in for service with a chemically treated paper that indicates if the fluid needs to be replaced.

7. You notice a squealing noise, loss of power steering, the engine overheating, or the belt looks bad.


The serpentine belt should be replaced immediately when it begins to show signs of wear. The number one mechanical reason for roadside assistance is a broken serpentine belt.

Our trained technicians visually inspect your serpentine belt every time you come in for routine service such as an oil change or scheduled maintenance. We will let you know when it needs to be changed.

At Quality Tune-Up Shops, we are proud of our team of certified technicians. Our technicians have access to the right diagnostic equipment and the latest vehicle information so you can be sure that your vehicle will get the right service as outlined by your vehicle's manufacturer.  

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