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 Sarasota Mechanic.
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 Sarasota Mechanic.
Ash has been servicing my BMW 128 for the last year... I love that he will always answer my call or return my text! He does awesome work and at an affordable price. Very honest guy. He always makes me feel like a VIP. I would highly recommend him.
I am very pleased with the honest service I receive from this business every time I go. My fixer upper has needed a few services done to keep her running and I've always left with the problem fixed and not feeling like I've been taken advantage of. Great service, great staff.
Beautiful Shop. Ashly the owner is very professional, courteous, experienced, and most of all honest. The shop is spotless and neat. His now new location has air conditioned waiting room with TV. Much nicer and improved shop. I believe Ashly will continue to grow. And would recommend him to everybody.
We love Ashley! He services my BMW. The car was unfortunately sold to me by a (former) trusted family friend with multiple very obvious issues that turned up almost immediately after my purchase of this vehicle. Ashley has been very honest with me and very helpful in the diagnosing and fixing of these issues. Now my car runs beautifully and I actually enjoy driving it! He's very kind and cares a lot about his customers! Me and my boyfriend won't go to anyone else!
He was AMAZING, He let me know what caused the problem and then took his time explaining it. I'm a college girl so I don't know much about cars, and he was quick and efficient. He understood my budget and knew what was needed to be done, and what could wait to be done I would recommend him to anyone! He's amazing. Thank you Ashly I truly appreciate everything. My car is running better than ever now.
There is no mechanic I have ever trusted so unconditionally. To say Ashly is an expert is an understatement of his skills. Even when I lived in the North Port area I would still come to him for my repairs. Ashly is an honest, hard working guy and I will always bring my vehicle to him. I refer all of my friends to him and will continue to do so as he is a genuinely great mechanic!
I could not be happier with the service provided and the help I received including getting specific instructions for going to a part store to get everything taken care of. I will not go anywhere else for any work done because this is the best mechanic I've found so far in the area! Well worth the drive. Thank you!!
Work was done quickly and at a fair price. BTW, no appointment on July 4th. Awesome job. Many thanks to Ashley for making it happen!
I initially questioned the legitimacy of this businesses reviews because there were so many positive responses, but Sarasota Mechanic is the real deal and has earned all of these positive reviews! Ash is knowledgeable, competent, honest, consistent and reasonably priced. He is completely transparent about parts cost and labor while providing customers options so they can make the best decisions about their car repairs. This is the best and only mechanic you'll ever need!
Called these guys on Saturday out of a bit of desperation because I needed my alternator replaced by Monday before I drove up to maryland. Almost no other shops were open on Sunday or could even look at my car before Monday afternoon. These guys offered to come to me and fix my car for significantly cheaper than other places I called. And I didn't have to get my car towed over there. After they fixed it on sunday, they charged me even less than the quote. Overall, very good experience and I will definitely call them again.