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Signs That Your Car Needs A Mechanic

The technicians at Joy Automotive have years of experience working on standard 4-wheel drive (4×4) vehicles as well as all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles. AWD is a full-time 4-wheel-drive system (all four wheels receive torque from the engine simultaneously) that employs a center differential that allows each tire to rotate at different speeds.

Signs That Your Car Needs A Mechanic

If you’re a savvy car owner, you’ve probably figured out that regular maintenance is the best way to ensure your vehicle stays happy and healthy. However, some people might not be as attentive to their cars’ needs as they should be. Luckily there are some signs that will tell you when it’s time to bring your vehicle to an automotive shop. Let’s take a look at them:

Your car has been making a weird noise for a while.

If your car has been making a weird noise for a while, it could indicate something is wrong with the axles or suspension. Ask yourself:

  • What is the noise?
  • How long has it been going on?
  • Is it getting worse?
  • How often do you use your car?


If you haven’t driven your vehicle in a while, that could mean that the problem could be mechanical or electrical. If so, schedule an appointment with our mechanics as soon as possible to get it inspected!

You have old or low tires.

You should have your tires checked monthly, especially if you drive in the winter. If your tires are worn down or low on pressure, replace them immediately with new ones. Also, check if they need rotating and balancing every six months. This can help prevent accidents and save time and money by avoiding wear and tear on your vehicle’s suspension system.

Smoke is coming out of the hood.

One of the most common signs that your car needs a mechanic is smoke from under the hood. Your engine is like a giant machine; when one piece stops working, it can throw off the whole process. The most common causes of smoke are:

  • Loose belts or hoses
  • Blown head gasket or cracked cylinder head
  • Overheated engine

A mechanic can tell you what’s wrong with your car and how much it will cost to fix it. If you don’t have much time, you can also check at home before taking your vehicle in for repairs.

If these things happen, take your car to your local mechanic's shop as soon as possible!

Don’t guess what might be wrong. You can’t be sure about something happening under your car’s hood until you take it to a mechanic for an official diagnosis. You could be putting yourself and others at risk if you drive with a problem and also wasting money if you ignore it. It’s best to go straight to a professional when there’s even the slightest chance that something needs fixing or replacing.

If you're unsure what's wrong with your car, see Joy Automotive's expert mechanics today for peace of mind.

At Joy Automotive, we specialize in delivering the highest-quality car repair services. Our team of ASE-certified auto mechanics have over 20 years of experience working on all types of vehicles. We will be able to accurately diagnose any problem your car may be having. Our honest, effective service is backed by our high customer satisfaction rating and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

We have proudly served Santa Monica for over two decades, providing expert automotive repair services at reasonable prices. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!

Joy Automotive.
Your Trustworthy Auto Repair Experts in Santa Monica, CA

We know that your vehicle is a precious asset that you want to keep durable for years to come. Our full-service auto repair shop in California offers all the services you need from bumper-to-bumper.

Moreover, both existing and first-time customers in Santa Monica say that we have the best technicians in town – and we agree.

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We know that your vehicle is a precious asset that you want to keep durable for years to come.


We know that your vehicle is a precious asset that you want to keep durable for years to come.


We know that your vehicle is a precious asset that you want to keep durable for years to come.

Your Trusted Auto Repair Experts in Santa Monica, CA

For all your car repair and maintenance needs, do not hesitate to call Joy Automotive Service & Repair.
Our skilled and honest mechanics in Santa Monica are your partners in keeping your
vehicle reliable for years to come.

Please schedule an appointment online or visit our auto repair shop at 1325 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405.