Maintaining your vehicle at home is a satisfying way to keep your motoring costs down. With the right knowledge and products even someone who isn't very mechanically inclined can take care of many of the smaller issues in everyday driving. Sometimes, however, car issues can be too specialized or complex for the average motorist to take care of by themselves and it becomes time to take your car to the pros. Below you'll find three major warning signs that you need to get to a mechanic ASAP, as well as some of the potential causes behind them.
Engine and Drivetrain Problems
Let's start at the beginning. If your car won't even turn over and start up, then the rest of the problems on this list won't come into play. The simplest cause of this issue is a dead battery, which you can remedy with jumper cables, and the instructions that come printed on their packaging. If jumping the car doesn't work, you may have a larger problem with your ignition system. It's advisable to take your car into the shop at this point because finding the root of the problem will likely involve removing a few parts from your engine. Whether it's dead spark plugs or electrical problems, it's better to have it dealt with by a professional. Likewise, engine surging where the revs rise and fall can mean a problem with your fuel injectors, which are fairly deep within your motor. It's unwise to drive around with a surging engine, as this burns more gas and can cause unintended acceleration. Drivetrain issues are another major issue requiring professional attention. Everybody fears the dreaded transmission repairs, so if certain gears won't engage or they shift at the wrong times you should definitely take your car to the qualified mechanics here at Kennedy Auto Solutions.
Vibration While Driving
This issue can be caused by damaged drivetrain components, but can also stem from misaligned wheels or unbalanced or flat tires. If you feel any vibration or shuddering as you drive along, you should get to a mechanic as soon as you can. At its worst, this issue can lessen your control over the car, potentially causing accidents. This will also wear out your tires more quickly than if everything was straight and true. Unwanted vibrations put stress on important (and costly) components like suspension and brakes while decreasing gas mileage, so it's smart to take your car in as soon as these issues develop.
Poor Braking Performance
Your brakes are vital to keeping you safe on the road and should definitely be cared for by a professional, unless you're absolutely sure you know what you're doing. Common signs of issues with your car's braking system include squeaking or squealing when the brakes are applied, or the brakes feeling spongy and failing to slow your vehicle properly. Squealing brakes are caused by the brake pads wearing through the pad surface to the metal underneath. At this point the metal behind your brake pad is coming into contact with the brake rotor. This can be disastrous and produce unwanted heat, reduced stopping power, and cause you to have to buy new rotors as well as the relatively cheap pads. Spongey and weak brakes can mean there's a problem with your master cylinder, which converts the mechanical pressure of you pressing the pedal into hydraulic pressure to apply the brakes. In either case, it's best to have your brakes seen to by the professional mechanics here at Kennedy Auto Solutions.
There are instances where car maintenance is simple and easy, but if you notice any of these issues developing, it's best to take your car in for a qualified mechanic's checkup so the problems can be remedied before they turn into much more serious issues. Kennedy Auto Solutions has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.
What People Say About Us
I experienced really great customer service, Kurk and Hanna were a pleasure to talk to, and they were able to deliver service within their initial price quote! Also, I love that they have an office area free of the smell of smoke and chemicals. From the first call to the initial transaction, I received first class service. I definitely recomend Kennedy Auto Solutions.
Awesome shop and A+ customer service. Kurt and Hannah are such great people. My "go to" shop from now on. Went in for an oil change and it was done quickly and professonially. Kurt went above and beyond for just an oil change.
I had a DSG Transmission Service performed on my 2014 VW Jetta TDI. This place was great. Honest, fair pricing and excellent work. I could tell that they really enjoy working on the VW's and take pride in doing a great job. I highly recommend this shop for Audi and VW repair.
Kurt is a phenomenal mechanic, honest and trustworthy. I've followed him from another shop I liked his work so much. State of the art shop and tools to work on any vehicle.
I’ve had my Nissan Armada serviced here multiple times. They are very efficient and fair. I love going to a place where I know I won’t be taken advantage of.
I have nothing negative to say about my experience. Kurt and Hannah were upfront and honest with what needed to be done, and even had pictures of everything of concern. I had complete trust in them and will, without question, return when my vehicle is sick and needs to see a doctor.
Today was my first time at this shop but my truck has been taken care of by Kurt for over 5 years. When you find someone as trustworthy, reliable & skilled as Kurt, you don't want to use anyone else. The shop is set up nicely, with space to work if you need to....extra outlets for chargers & free WiFi were convenient. But I'd use this shop even without the extras. :)
Very good mechanic and I will not take my vehicles anywhere else! Very trustworthy and tells you what needs to be done. Very professional and gets the job done in a timely manner. I highly advise to check this shop out! Thanks Kurt!
I have been going to and referring people to Kurt for 3 years. He is a straight up no BS mechanic. If it NEEDS it it needs it. If the mileage of the vehicle says its recommend the he will tell you so. He is no pressure and always goes the extra mile to make sure your experience is great! Highly highly recommend!!!
I highly recommend this place if you are looking for a modern and honest shop to work on your vehicle! Kurt is a great guy who has been in the business for a long time and really knows his stuff. I really like the approach Kurt takes with using technology in his shop. I received an email with images of the issue on my car and additional emails keeping me updated as my car was being repaired. This is an auto repair shop for the 21st century. Give it a try!
Kurt is a great mechanic! He was very accommodating, extremely knowledgeable and very trustworthy! AND, he beat the pants off anyone else with his price! I highly recommend him for any work you may need on ANY vehicle you may own!