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 ProblemsLet'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 Mekaniks Plus Car Care Corner.
Vibration While DrivingThis 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 PerformanceYour 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 Mekaniks Plus Car Care Corner.
On a trip from Orange County to San Jose area, my engine spit out a spark plug. After a Google search for auto repair, I called and Adam the service writer, knew what needed to be done. He checked his stock, and said he can compete the repair this afternoon. They promptly repaired the spark plug hole, replaced defective parts and I was on my way in a couple of hours. Courteous and honest service.
Really nice people, clean and very nice lobby, knowledgeable, and they service CNG vehicles.
I have been going to them for a few years. They always go the extra mile. Friendly and courteous and always stand behind their work.
Very good first time experience with Mekaniks. They are polite, professional and honest with a reasonable price.
This is my first time to write a review, the guys here(Mario, Adam, Christian just to name a few) are the most helpful and honest, reliable shop to do business with. We live in Ojai and bring our Volvo XC90 here over any mechanic shop. We've had many problems with this car since purchase and they have resolved every problem we've had. Beyond never being annoyed to my many phone calls they have the BEST customer service, prompt repairs, they really look out for you. My car broke down with my 3 year old in the car in an intersection in topanga my tow insurance was going to take 2 hours and Mario sent 2 tow trucks to come take me to safety within 45 minutes! This is one of the many reasons we will never take out cars to anybody but them. Truly exceptional care for the people and cars they repair! I would give them 1000 stars if I could!!
I'm very picky with auto repair places since I almost always have bad experiences. This was one of the best experiences I've had ever. Fast, professional, friendly, I will be going here from now on!
These people are intelligent and helpful. Clean shop. Fair prices. I am happy with services they have provided.
Strongly recommended. If you want a shop that's honest and doesn't just want to take money from you, mekanik plus is the place. I went in to get my transmission serviced and, honestly would have spent the money needed to fix it. After speaking with Adam he explained that I had a warranty on it and to take it to Nissan instead of just taking my money. Thanks guys.