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 Dahlgren Garage.
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 Dahlgren Garage.
Mike and his team at Dahlgren Garage are the best. A rear tire on my rental car went totally flat in the course of a couple hours. I took it in after work and got it fixed right away. It was a bad tire stem (thanks, Hertz) and Mike pointed out another serious problem with a big gouge in the sidewall, which could blow if I was on the highway! Now, what is that Roadside Emergency number?
Fantasticly kind, knowledgeable and trustworthy staff! The service was so wonderful as well. I will only come to Dahlgren Garage from now on.
Everyone working there was great, and the service was a very reasonable price!
The best friend my car ever had.
Great local repair facility.
Highly recommend this garage; knowledgeable staff that gave me a quote over the phone and didn't charge me a penny more. The other local shop I called wanted to charge me extra labor on top of a more expensive price to start. Another customer was talking about being overcharged elsewhere nearby as well. Don't throw away your money, go to the honest mechanics over at Dahlgren Garage.
Very knowledgeable and friendly.
Garage delivers good quality work.
Highly recommend this garage. Great service.
Good Guys; Good Work.
I've been going there for 25 years. They get things done fast and right. I had a few things done at other places but had to have Dahlgren Garage redo it to get it right.
Incredible service, very friendly. Will not hesitate to bring my truck back to them. I just moved here, and I've found who will be taking care of all my auto needs. Thanks.
If you want it done right the first time.
Great, fast, friendly service. We have 3 cars, and we bring them all here for service. Would recommend this service station to every one. Been going here for years.
Great service and personality from everyone I seen here.
Excellent work done while I was at work.
Exceptional service at a fair price. Chuck and his team are always friendly and treat their customers with respect. I trust the team at Dahlgren Garage to help maintain all of my vehicles and can count on them to provide sound recommendations and advice. You can count on Dahlgren Garage to always treat you fairly.
Myself, my husband and my two sons have used Dahlgren Garage for years. Very good people and good service. Fair prices, and they explain what you need to do and what you can wait on.
We have a 2001 Camaro, and I count on their expert advice to make necessary repairs without fixing nice to have but unnecessary repairs. All repairs have been done right the first time at a fair and reasonable price.
They got me out of a bind when my brakes went while I was traveling through the area. They even stayed late to make sure that I could get back on the road that day. Highly recommend.
Great service (again). Thanks for taking care of my car. You guys always get it right. Chuck is awesome!
Fantasticly kind, knowledgeable and trustworthy staff! The service was wonderful as well. I will only come to Dahlgren Garage from now on.
I have used Dahlgren Garage for years now. I am continually impressed by their professionalism and the level of service they provide. Chuck's team is great.
I am so happy that my car passed inspection! I couldn't be more thankful. I will absolutely recommend anybody who has any trouble with their car to Dalgren Garage. Everybody who works there is so kind and caring. Thank you all so very much!
Old fashioned, excellent customer service is not dead with Chuck's team at Dahlgren Garage. Thanks again.
Excellent facility, prompt service, technicians very knowledgeable. I was very impressed, will do business with again! Thank You!
Your professional demeanor, attention to detail, and exceptional service will keep me coming back to Dahlgren Garage, but more importantly, it will be why I will call you FIRST with all my car requests.
Dahlgren Garage is not only professional, but they treat their customers like family. First and foremost, they are an honest enterprise--increasingly rare in the auto repair industry. Dahlgren Garage will work with you to save you as much money as they can while still getting you on your way with service you can count on!
These guys are great. I bring all three of my vehicles to Dahlgren Garage.
They were very helpful and explained everything very well! I will be giving them my business again!
Service was easy and fast. I dropped my van off in the morning, and it was ready to go by the time I got off work. Very friendly environment. Will return there for future maintenance!
Great guys. Amazingly fast and always perfect when they are done.
Very happy with the quality service that Chuck and his staff have provided for our family for many years!
We have been taking our cars here for years; always been pleased!