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 Anderson Garage.
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 Anderson Garage.
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. Anderson Garage has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.
What People Say About Us
We have been trusting our vehicles with Anderson Garage for over 30 years, and they have never disappointed us. Sean and team have maintained the high degree of integrity and quality that we first encountered with David Anderson (same location) back in the 1980s.
We have been taking our cars to Anderson Garage for several years now. They are definitely our "go to" shop whenever we need repair and service. Big or small they know it all! Honest, Reliable and Dependable as well as friendly and understanding are all the qualities they have that keep us coming back.
Carlos R. did a great job in caring for my car and was very professional. It is obvious he cares about his customers and is very knowledgeable. This was my first time at Anderson and his work earned my trust and earned Anderson Garage
my business for future vehicle work.
If you don't understand what your car is trying to tell you, bring it to theses folks. They talk "car".
Carlos was AWESOME. He drove my Mercedes C300 and knew right away what my issue was after dealing with the same issue from several other mechanic shops for almost a year. Very honest, quick and thorough. You guys gained a new customer for life. Thank you very very much Carlos!
So hard to find an honest, trustworthy garage, but Anderson Garage is the best! I've moved across town and tried some closer places, but I am now coming back to Anderson Garage because the other places just don't compare. Highly recommend!
Fast and friendly service. Were able to figure out the problem with my truck misfiring and fix it within a day. Will definitely use them again.
Sean and his team have been my preferred mechanic for almost 20 years. They are honest and dependable and do it right the first time. I highly recommend Anderson Garage!
Honest estimates. Quick service.
I recently found this place, as they are one of the very few shops left that will work on modified Hummer H2s. They did a very excellent job on the work. When I came in to pay, the cost was less than what was quoted. I got a detailed reason as to why, and I ended up leaving happy. Would recommend this shop to anyone!
This is my mechanic of choice in San Antonio. Multiple times when Toyota and GMC dealers tried to overcharge me, this place got my truck and SUV fixed right for less.
Since moving to SA in 2009, we thought we would never find a reliable auto shop, like we had in LA. But thank God we found them, and they have been a blessing to our cars and to our pocket. Thanks Anderson Garage and Sean.
I've been using Anderson for over 8 years and with various vehicles (Honda Civic, F-150, Chevy Uplander). They have always done an excellent job and warrantied their work. They are honest and thorough to a fault and have always been straightforward regarding whether or not work should be done. I would recommend Anderson's to anyone that wants a straight deal on any minor or major auto repair. Great job guys!!!