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 Eriksen's 131.
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 Eriksen's 131.
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. Eriksen's 131 has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.
What People Say About Us
This place is amazing! I used hate getting my car worked on, because I never knew if I could trust the person, but Ericksen's is the complete opposite. Every time I've gotten anything fixed there, it's much more reasonably priced than the competition. I have a very limited knowledge of cars, and I've been to mechanics who want to replace multiple parts on the car when I hear one little noise, either because they're taking a shot in the dark or just simply because they want to make a buck. I had gotten used to one noise costing hundreds of dollars. There have been times where Ericksen's has looked at my car when I thought something might be off and they tell me there's nothing wrong. It's like magic, because there really is nothing wrong when I leave. When there is something wrong, they fix it right the 1st time for much less than I've paid for the same parts in the same parts at other places in the past.
I needed rear brakes after my emergency brake hung up and fried the pads and rotors. I was from out of town and on vacation so I did a Google maps search and found these guys. They did an excellent job at a reasonable price. I wish they had a branch in my hometown.
Always friendly, communicates very well, and most importantly does
good work. Have been there a number of times and am always
satisfied. Give big Scott a try. You will not be disappointed.
We had a tire issue and they went out of their way to fix it, nice as can be, highly recommended.
I highly recommend this repair shop if you are from out of town and on vacation. Our trucks front wheel bearing went out coming into town and the crew at Eriksen's 131 had me in and out in less then 90 minutes.
While on vacation, my car suddenly wouldn't start. I called around to five different garages, and nobody had any openings. One place said he couldn't see my car for two weeks!
When I called Eriksen's -- it was slightly farther from where I was located -- Scott said he could at least take a look at the car that day, and he recommended a towing company. The tow truck operator, Kevin, arrived within the hour, and my car was fixed and ready within 3 hours, despite Eriksen's lot loaded with other customers.
The price was fair and reasonable, and everybody involved was extremely helpful. Highly recommend Eriksen's!
Scott is amazing with his work on cars. He works on my whole family's and has for years.