Warning Signs Something Is Wrong with Your Vehicle

By Julia Freeman

Some warning signs are obvious, but don’t wait until you see your wheel bouncing down the road in front of you. It’s clearly important to detect issues before they become a crisis. Always pay attention to any unusual smells, noises, vibrations and dashboard lights. You can book a free vehicle check at any Protyre garage, so it costs you absolutely nothing to put your mind at rest and if we discover a problem you will still save money by dealing with it quickly.

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Modern cars are reliable, but they have more components than older models, so they can develop a wide range of problems. In our experience, the following are some of the main issues to look out for.

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Check Engine light

A lot of people miss the importance of the engine light; it may not signify an immediate critical issue, but it may become one if you ignore it. Something important is malfunctioning, even if it is only a sensor that detects engine problems. You are taking a big risk if you continue to drive with the engine light lit, so it’s important to call into a Protyre garage or book a free vehicle check as soon as possible. We may recommend a full diagnostic to download and interpret your on-board computer’s error codes.

The TPMS light

This is your tyre pressure sensor. If it lights up, you need to check your tyres as soon as you can do so safely. Incorrectly inflated tyres put your life at risk. You should check your tyre pressures at least once a fortnight, as well as inspecting your tyres carefully for wear or damage. Every Protyre garage carries a range of tyre brands including Bridgestone, Pirelli, Michelin, Falken and Avon. We often have special offers on premium brands such as Pirelli and Bridgestone.

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Smoke or odours

If your car overheats, grease and oil begin to burn, producing smoke and odour. You need to pull over, let the engine cool and then check your coolant level. If you can smell bad eggs, this suggests a problem with the catalytic converter. If the cause is not obvious, contact a Protyre garage to have the car checked over.

Oil Pressure lights

The light indicates low oil pressure but does not identify if there is an underlying cause beyond forgetting to top up. Pull over safely, let the engine cool down and then inspect the oil. Whether or not the light goes off after an oil top-up, you should let our qualified mechanics look into it as soon as possible. Oil pressure issues can quickly lead to more serious problems. Protyre offer a preventative service that always ensures your fluids, filters, hoses and gaskets are in good order.

Steering column

Increased vibration in the steering wheel, or feeling the car pulling to one side, is another reason to book a free vehicle check sooner rather than later. Neglecting steering and suspension issues leads to additional damage and needlessly higher repair bills.

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Battery lights

Batteries are affected by corrosion, poor connectors, alternator problems and severe weather conditions. A low battery may not be an immediate emergency, but you can have your battery checked at a Protyre garage.

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The local garage you can trust

If you’ve been experiencing any of these issues with your car, or if you’d like to speak to someone about any car concerns you may have, our qualified and experienced staff are here to help. With over 150 centres across the country, you can find your local Protyre branch by clicking the button below and entering your postcode into quick and easy-to-use garage finder tool. Alternatively, visit our website to see the range of free of charge vehicle safety checks that we have on offer.

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By Julia Freeman
Julia is Head of Retail Marketing for Protyre and loves engaging with customers and the business as a whole to make sure Protyre is more than just a local garage.
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