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 A. Anthony's Mobile Vehicle Service Inc..
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 A. Anthony's Mobile Vehicle Service Inc..
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. A. Anthony's Mobile Vehicle Service Inc. has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.
What People Say About Us
What can I say? Genette was such a pleasure to work with today. It was my first time going to her shop for an inspection, and when I got there, I was greeted with a big smile and a very informative rundown of what to expect for my car. She even discussed what the state requires for the inspection and how it differs from my home state of Texas. Genette let me know where to sit and find complimentary refreshments, as well as how long the inspection would take. The whole experience was wonderful. I highly recommend her shop. She is very sweet and knowledgeable and makes you feel valued as a customer. I'll definitely be coming back!
The service is top notch and the owner is very knowledgeable. And they go extra mile for customer service.
Excellent stuff really professional and helpful
Absolutely one of the best mechanics I've ever gone to. Extremely helpful and friendly staff, very reasonable prices and payment options, and my car hasn't run this great for years. Would 100% recommend!
Will always diagnose problem and explain in easy to understand terms and give you all the options available to fix problem.
Excellent people, really knowledgeable. Excellent shop, recommended hundred percent!
I recently used A. Anthony's for repairs to my vehicle. Genette, the General Manager, was courteous, professional, thorough and thoughtful. I had to leave my car for service and Genette gave me a ride home and offered to pick me up if I needed a ride back to the repair shop. She went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and answered all my questions in detail. I was pleasantly surprised with the level of service that I received. She treated me with the utmost respect.
I would highly recommend A. Anthony's for your vehicle service needs.
Had a problem with my motor home and they came to me and quickly diagnosed the problem and returned the next week to replace the starter at the site. Back up and running quickly. Costs were fair and competitive, however the service and making arrangements around my schedule made all the difference. Relieved the stress associated with my mechanical issue. I will use their service again.
Best place in PG county to have all your car or truck needs! They will go above and beyond to help get your vehicle on track. There should be ten stars here!
Outstanding Service and mechanical expertise. I've been coming here for 12 years.
I have been going to A. Anthony's since 2007. First with a used 97 Grand Cherokee. Then my New 2010 Wrangler Rubicon. Always have been satisfied with the service.
MD Inspection: Provided a fair inspection - no unnecessary repairs. Very happy with their work. I highly recommend their service!
Awesome place of business. Good people and always attentive and very helpful with finding resolutions.