Trust Your Senses: Top 5 Reasons to Visit an Auto Repair Shop

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An owner knows his car best. The more you drive and understand your vehicle, the easier it becomes to ‘sense’ common issues. Keeping an eye out for anything unusual, listening for unnecessary noises, sensing difficulty in handling the car and sniffing out strange odors can help you recognize a much larger problem in time.

1. Seeing Trouble

If you notice stains or liquid puddles under your vehicle, something is leaking and deserves immediate attention. Although the fluid from leaks are most commonly transmission fluid, coolant or oil, the fluid could also be from the brakes, the deferential or the power steering system.

2. Smelling Trouble

The sense of smell is usually the first to detect that something isn't right. A lingering burnt odor often indicates an electrical short and burning insulation. A sweet syrupy smell could mean a coolant leak and a foul odor might be due to mold growing in the vents of the AC and heater.

3. Hearing Trouble

Unusual sounds can give valuable clues about car problems. A shrill sound can mean an engine or power steering issue, a screeching or a grinding noise could mean brake problems and a rumble might point to a defective converter, exhaust pipe or muffler.

4. Sensing Trouble

When you realize that your car isn't able to give its optimal performance and feels strenuous to handle, it's a good indicator that there is trouble looming somewhere. From misaligned wheels, worn out shock absorbers, steering or suspension components, to brakes, transmission and engine issues, it is always best to schedule a diagnosis at your earliest convenience in one of Virginia Beach’s auto repair shops.

5. Dashboard Indicator Light

Today's cars are smart and are equipped with computer systems and sensory gizmos to detect problems that are shown on the dashboard indicator light or engine light. This helps you recognize potential car troubles immediately when it lights up the problem area. When this happens, a visit to an auto repair shop for diagnostics and repairs is also mandatory.

If you suspect car trouble, reach out to Davis Car Care right away for expert car repair in Virginia Beach, VA, and surrounding areas.


We strive to give our Virginia Beach customers the best experience possible. That's why with every visit to Davis we check your air pressure, reset your maintenance light, top off your washer fluid, vacuum the front of the vehicle, and place a bag of candy in your car to sweeten the ride home.