How to Tell When Your Vehicle Needs Service in Inverness, FL

Newer vehicles often include maintenance reminders, letting you know when it's time for an oil change or another essential service. However, in between visits to the service bay at Nick Nicholas Ford, your vehicle may give you some signs that it needs out-of-schedule attention. Here are some of those signs:

Check engine light

The dreaded check engine light could indicate a wide range of problems with your vehicle that requires a professional's attention. If it begins flashing, seek professional assistance immediately. It may even mean the vehicle is unsafe to drive. To be safe, get out of the vehicle and have it towed to a mechanic.


If you notice regular leaks in your driveway or garage when your vehicle is parked, you should bring your vehicle in for service. Technicians will be able to pinpoint what is leaking and how to fix it.


If you notice smoke coming from anywhere in your car while driving, get out, turn it off, and have it towed to a mechanic for immediate attention. Common sources for smoke are under the hood, from the engine, and excessive smoke from your exhaust, which could indicate an oil leak or something worse.


Every now and then, turn down the music and listen to how your car is running. Is the engine making a new noise? Do the tires sound different? Are your brakes squeaking or thumping? All of these could indicate potential issues, so it is best to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians to take a look.

Tire issues

If your tire repeatedly loses pressure, you may have a slow leak that a technician should inspect. Similarly, if you notice your vehicle keeps pulling to one side of the road while driving, it is possibly time for a wheel alignment.

At Nick Nicholas Ford, we can handle all of your service and maintenance needs.

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Nick Nicholas Ford Inc

2901 Highway 44 West
Directions Inverness, FL 34453

  • Sales: (352) 726-1231
  • Service: (352) 726-1231
  • Parts: (352) 726-1231


  • Monday 8am-7pm
  • Tuesday 8am-7pm
  • Wednesday 8am-7pm
  • Thursday 8am-7pm
  • Friday 8am-7pm
  • Saturday 8:30am-5pm
  • Sunday Closed