Many Sacramento drivers will wait until an accident occurs or their Toyota flat out stops before bringing it in for a repair. Unfortunately, this choice will only prolong your repair time and will typically result in an even more expensive repair. Just because your Toyota is still able to function on the road, doesn’t mean that it isn’t in need of an urgent repair. To help you avoid an expensive repair, or potentially ruining your Toyota for good, we have put together this short list of warning signs that it’s time to bring your Toyota in for a repair.
Your Check Engine Light Has Come On
It’s common for many drivers to ignore the little “check engine” light on their Toyota and blame it on a faulty fuse or broken light. However, this is one warning sign you should always check up on. Even if your engine isn’t in real danger, it could be a sign that an engine-related issue has occurred. The longer you put off this repair, the more likely that what could be something simple could turn into major engine damage. Replacing the engine on a Toyota could cost thousands of dollars, so it’s best to bring it in while the repair cost is still in the low hundreds.
Your Toyota is Speaking to You
The best way to be aware of problems with your Toyota is to keep your eyes and ears open. If you notice sounds coming from your vehicle, such as a high pitch squeal or a grinding noise, especially when coming to a stop, chances are your Toyota is experiencing some brake issues. Putting off this problem not only puts your vehicle in danger, but it also puts your life in danger. You don’t want to wait until the day you really need those brakes to work to find out the problem has escalated.
You Notice Your Toyota is Shaking or Rattling
While stopped at a light, pay attention to the motion of your Toyota. While it’s normal for vehicles to lose a bit of smoothness over time, if you notice the car seems to be struggling or sputtering, it could be a sign of potential engine trouble. Don’t stress just yet, it could still be a simple repair and not a full blown engine replacement, but it’s still a good idea to get your vehicle in as soon as possible to keep the problem from becoming any worse.
At Standard Auto Care, the safety of you and your Toyota are of the utmost importance to us, which is why there is no repair too big or too small for our team. If you notice one or more of the signs above, we strongly suggest making an appointment to bring your Toyota in for a repair. We will never exceed our estimate without your OK, and you won’t find any unpleasant surprises with our auto repair service in Sacramento, CA costs, just clear cut transparency. To make your appointment today, give us a call at 916-924-8040 or visit us in person at 2240 Colfax St Sacramento, CA 95815.