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 Bankert's Garage LLC.
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 Bankert's Garage LLC.
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My mom and I have been going here for the past 5-7 years. They always get the job done right and don't have to worry about taking vehicle back for the same issue like other auto shops. He always stands behind his work and pleasant to work with and gets your vehicle fixed quick and on time. I will continually keep going here to have my vehicles fixed. Also really good with quote on how much the repair could cost.
They are the best. I've been using them for almost two years and I've never had an issue where I'm concerned about them trying to rip me off for more than I need. I have no problem recommending them to anybody.
Best garage in town! I never notice when things need fixed on my car. I was in desperate need of new struts and got it done at Bankert's. It feels like a whole new car! Beyond impressed! And everyone is very kind!
Chad Bankert has been our auto repair specialist for 3 years. He has replaced two engines and maintained all of our vehicles in a timely, cost competitive and thoroughly professional manner. He has always demonstrated to our family that he is absolutely committed to our satisfaction. I highly recommend him for ALL of your automotive needs!
Took my 2000 Saturn to 3 other transmission places. Each wanted about $3000 for a new transmission. Before I took to Bankert's, they told me that there were 2 issues that were known about the Saturn transmissions and that it was probably one of those issues. It was. It was a bad modal in the transmission. I appreciated their honesty in saving me $2300. They were very honest and very friendly. I will never look any further for my car repair or inspection.
Top notch service with an attention to detail approach. Chad and the mechanics are very personable and walk you through the entire process. Check them out. You won't be disappointed.