Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Service
Part of owning a vehicle is making sure it continues to operate properly. As well as keeping you and other road users safe, this gives you the best driving experience, but how do you know when it’s time for a service? This handy guide explains some key signs to look out for and how Dartford Transmissions can help. Our car servicing options cover every aspect of vehicle maintenance, from general maintenance to automatic gearbox repairs. As a trusted independent garage, we solve all kinds of problems for customers in Orpington, Dartford and the surrounding areas. This includes a mega flush service to keep gearboxes in good condition and, as Land Rover specialists, we provide main dealer diagnostics.
There are many signs that indicate your vehicle is in need of professional attention. Below are some of the most common signs to look out for along with some details of our maintenance and repair services:
This is the most obvious sign there’s a problem. Modern cars have a variety of lights on the dashboard that tell you when something is wrong. It is important for you know what each light means and to get your vehicle checked by a qualified engineer in Dartford and Orpington as soon as possible.
This is especially important if a yellow ‘check engine’ light appears because this can indicate a range of problems with your engine.
At Dartford Transmissions, we provide car servicing for all makes and models of vehicles. Because we are BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover specialists, we even offer solutions for these complex systems, including a mega flush and automatic gearbox repairs.
Smoke or Steam
Smoke or steam coming from under the bonnet can be caused by a number of issues. Steam is usually the result of overheating problems with the radiator and while this doesn’t pose an immediate danger, you should bring your car to our trusted independent garage as soon as possible for an inspection.
If blue smoke is coming from your car, stop where it’s safe and don’t continue to drive. This smoke is the result of burning oil. Excessive smoke coming from the exhaust is also a sign of an oil leak.
A reduction in power is a good reason for car servicing. If it becomes difficult to get up to speed, you notice unexpected power surges or a full tank doesn’t get you as far, there could be a number of issues.
Covering everything from tyre pressure to brake and automatic gearbox repairs, we make sure vehicles in Orpington run smoothly and efficiently.
Because your gearbox undergoes a lot of wear, it will need periodic maintenance to keep it functioning smoothly and effectively. Common gearbox issues include:
• Grinding noises when shifting gears
• Leaking transmission fluid
• Slow responses
• Whining sounds
At Dartford Transmissions we carry out in-depth diagnostics to identify the problem. Because we are BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover specialists, we provide main dealer diagnostics for these makes using dealer-specific equipment.
If you need automatic gearbox repairs, we supply new and reconditioned parts with a 12-month warranty and as a trusted independent garage, vehicle owners have complete confidence in the quality and integrity of the parts and services we provide.
Furthermore, to prevent transmission problems, we can include a mega flush with car servicing in Orpington and Kent. This cleans the system and replaces transmission fluid to keep your vehicle in good condition.