A regular car service should happen every 6 months or 10,000kms, whichever comes first. Sometimes, however, an issue comes up unexpectedly with your vehicle. If your car won’t start or your engine is blowing smoke then these are clear signs there’s a problem that needs attention, but what are some of the less obvious signs? At AME Automotive, we are the car service specialists Canning Vale in Perth. We’ve put together a list of six signs that you need to book your car in for a service.

Warning Lights

A normal illuminated check engine light is not a cause for panic, but instead an indicator that you should have your engine checked sooner rather than later. Pay attention to any other warning lights, dashboard warning lights are configured to illuminate when the area they are monitoring is not functioning properly, so they are a sign your engine needs attention.

Weak Starts

All cars should still have a crisp and strong start. When you turn the key in the ignition, the engine should come to life quickly and then settle into a steady hum before you drive off. If you have noticed any change to this, there is likely to be a problem. Some allowance should be given for seasonal conditions – a car may start a little slower on a cold winter morning, but overall it should be quick and punchy every time the key is turned.

Abnormal Vibrations

Keep an eye and ear out for vibrations and shudders that are not down to the surface of the road. This could be an indicator of worn tyres that are in need of balancing or even a weakening in a joint or loosening of a bearing. This is something that is better left to the professionals to diagnose.

Strange Noises

If you hear a noise that sounds unusual, it is important to get it checked. Noises are often a solid indicator of an underlying issue. Some noises indicate certain problems:

  • A high pitched squeal when turning the ignition on could indicate that the belt is worn or loose
  • Squealing noises when on the move could indicate that your power steering fluid could need replacing
  • Squealing or grinding when slowing down is clear indication that your brakes need to be checked
  • A dragging or droning noise may be coming from your wheels, either in the front or the back, and could be a wheel bearing or differential bearing going bad

If you notice any unusual noises, take your vehicle into your local automotive mechanic for a service. A qualified mechanic will be able to provide further diagnosis.

Excessive Emissions

If you notice any excessive clouds of smoke or you are frequently leaving black clouds in your rear view mirror, it could be a sign of an oil leak, blockage or build-up. Check your rear bumper and if you come across a black residue you need to book your car in for a service immediately.


If you notice any major leaks underneath your car on the ground where you normally park, especially if any of the above symptoms are regularly occurring, take it to your mechanic as soon as possible. Common leaks may be bright green (coolant) or dark red/brown (transmission oil, engine oil or brake fluid). If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms then don’t wait, book your car service in Canningvale with the trustworthy and professional team at AME Automotive. With over 30 years of experience and knowledge, there’s a reason we have earned our reputation as a provider of the best car service Perth has to offer. We even clean and wash your car after we’ve done your service! – book an appointment today.