When Should I Call For a Tow?

At Transmission Hero, we are always stressing the importance of preventative maintenance. While some of us can foresee some vehicle problems, the unthinkable can still happen on the streets, and you may require a tow. With the help of a tow truck, you can stop further damages from taking place in your car. Here are some situations that may require a tow truck to come to save you:

Flat or Blown Tire

A tire mishap is one of the most frequent problems that will necessitate a tow. If you know how to change a flat with your spare tire, that may be an exception. However, if you don't have a spare available or have no idea how to change your tire, you'll want to call for a tow. Driving on a damaged tire can be a tremendous mistake, as you can end up destroying the rims and paying extra to repair additional damages.

Dead Battery

Another prevalent problem drivers encounter is a dead car battery. Batteries drain as you gain more miles on your vehicle, so they may need to be replaced. If your battery leaves you stranded and you have no way of starting it back up, it's best to call for a tow. Once you get to our shop, you can get the necessary repairs, so it doesn't happen a second time.

Flashing Check Engine Light

If your check engine light comes on without blinking, then it is considered safe for you to continue driving. Though, if your check engine light is flashing, you need to stop driving immediately. In this scenario, you will need to call the tow promptly as a flashing warning light means a severe problem can kill your engine.

Engine Overheating (Burnt Smell & Smoke)

If you start to see blue smoke coming out of your tailpipe and smell like burnt oil in your car, you most likely have an oil leak. Your engine oil has somehow gotten into the combustion process, and your vehicle is burning oil along with gas. Running too low on engine oil can lead to engine overheating, so please do not continue driving. 


We hope this gave you a better idea of specific situations where calling for a tow is the best option. Our certified mechanics are always looking out for you! At Transmission Hero, we have partnered with Clay County Towing & Roadside Assistance. We will reimburse our clients with credit who use their towing services for towing to our shop (towing costs (up to 15 miles) with all major repair work performed and towing costs (up to 5 miles) with all minor repair work performed). If you ever face any of the problems mentioned above (which we hope not), please consider us to do the necessary repairs. 

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