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 Gallagher's Auto Service.
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 Gallagher's Auto Service.
Dropped off my car here today for a variety of stuff. Forgot my emissions inspection was coming up when I dropped off, called later and not only they were more than accommodating, but they rotated my tires as well without me asking because they caught that there would otherwise be an issue with the tires. Promptly completed, great quality, and most important of all--the price was EXTREMELY fair. Bill is also extremely professional and has great customer service. Definitely coming here again. Highly recommended.
Quality work, honest, and a fair price. If you don't want to be concerned about being raked over the coals or having unnecessary work done, look no further than Gallagher's.
I took my Mercury Mountaineer in for service. There had been a rumbling noise while accelerating. For all I knew it could have needed a new transmission but Bill Gallagher did not try and sell me a new tranny when in fact all it needed was in fact an additive added to the fluid to help with the overdrive (a known Ford/Merc. problem.) Thank you Bill for your honesty. I trust his shop implicitly. I highly recommend his shop to anyone.
Friendly, quick, and well priced. Would recommend.
Our experience with Gallagher's service was outstanding! Bill was very professional and treated us with the utmost respect. We have found their prices to be reasonable and we are very satisfied with their work. We will be going back to Gallagher's from now on and we will recommend their services to others.
Lucked out and found Bill's shop and now bring everything to him. Excellent mechanics, MB experts (as well as other German models and many other foreign and domestic vehicles). They now service everything from my '96 Jeep Cherokee to the MB. They actually repair things instead of rip and replace. They are always upfront about pricing and will give you an honest estimate before starting the repair.