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 Affordable Kar Kare.
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 Affordable Kar Kare.
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Perry is great! Knowledgeable, reliable, and funny.
Good place and the owner is a fair guy. I recommend this place for sure and they have coupons too!
Russell is the man. I spent a lot of money. But he told me every problem, even describing the sound so I knew what was fixed and his only concern was my safety. Even when he knew I didn't get paid till Friday he fixed it and said pay it Friday. His concern was my safety. That's not just a good mechanic but an awesome human.
I have seen the reviews but my experience with this shop was great , maybe they had different mechanics then but I brought my Trans Am to them for a problem that 2 other shops in mesquite could not diagnose or fix ! Friend referred me and we'll all I can say is this is the only shop who could diagnose and fix my car . They are very honest and up front on what your car needs and doesn't need and they checked everything even let me know that certain belts would need to be changed soon and showed me so I will never take my car anywhere else.
I like Affordable Kar Kare. We take all our cars there, and they always work hard to fix the problem. It is a great value for your money.
This is a great place to take your vehicle for service and repairs. I always feel that I'm getting a great deal and reasonable price and have never been talked down too and all services are explained to where I understand them. Thank you Perry and keep up the great work!
From the time the gentleman that answered the phone to the time I left with my vehicle completly fixed, my entire experience with Affordable was incredible. They answered ALL of my questions and gave me all my options. I am so incredibly impressed with the service and the work that I get there.They even dropped me off at work. That's service!!
Great place to take your car. They have years of experience. Took my 2004 F150 up there and they had it running like a champ in no time. They informed me of why I needed the repairs and the most affordable way to go. Love these guys!!! They really live up to the name AFFORDABLE
A brake warning displayed on the dash of my Mercedes on Saturday afternoon. I got to Affordable Kar Kare just before they were supposed to close. One of my brake pads had broken and was literally crumbling apart!!! I could not drive it without tearing up the rotors or wait until after Labor Day. They stayed open late for me, replaced the brake pads and turned the rotors. Even though their guys were ready to start the Labor Day holiday.. they stayed late to help me and I paid less than I expected. I cannot ask for better customer service than that. Thank you