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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Replace Your Car Brakes

Whilst brakes can last a long time, depending on how heavily and frequently you use them, it is easy to become accustomed to poor performance because of the long timeframe over which deterioration occurs.

But drivers can be on the lookout for the tell-tale signs that indicate a brake service is necessary. Let’s take a look at them now.

The most obvious indication of a problem is a high-pitched squeal that occurs whenever you apply the brakes. This is caused by a metal on metal sound which occurs when brake pads are dangerously worn out. This is certainly time to visit your mechanic.

If the steering wheel shudders in your hands as you come to a stop you may have a problem with your brake rotors. Rotors can become warped over a long period of time and are easy to overlook, but ‘wiggling’ as described above is a tell tale sign. It is usually better to replace the rotors than to machine them.

If it takes a long time to stop after applying the brakes it is not only dangerous to continue driving but you could find yourself with a criminal legal predicament should you be involved in an accident.

Smoking wheels can also be an indicator of brake problems and this will occasionally happen after the vehicle has stopped. You shouldn’t need any convincing that it is time to see your mechanic if you see smoke coming from any part of your vehicle, so don’t delay!

The bottom line is that with your car braking system you do not have a second chance. Your safety and the safety of others on the road is at stake when you drive your vehicle with faulty brakes. If you are involved in an accident and have knowingly been driving with bad breaks you could find yourself criminally liable, so it is simply not worth the risk.

Automobile Mechanic Is Actually Car Doctor

Work of an automobile mechanic

You will notice that automobile mechanics will ask you about the problems, which your car is giving you when you take your car for repair. After that, these professionals will check or scrutinize your vehicle carefully and get rid of all those things that are creating problems to your car. There are also times when these mechanics will take your car for a test drive in order to ensure that your car is performing well. There are a number of instruments, which they will use to check your car such as compression gauges and hand-held diagnostic computers. For the purpose of repairing different parts of the car, the automobile mechanics also use pliers and screwdrivers. Now there are also come expert mechanics that make use of instruments that work by electricity like computerized diagnostic instruments and infrared engine.

If certain parts of your car are not working properly then you may have to change those parts and the automobile mechanics will help you decide the quantity as well as the size of the parts. Apart from repairing and checking the cars, automobile mechanics have to make a record of information relating to the cars that they repair or check. These mechanics can work inside a shop as well as outside the shop though most of the time they have to work from outside the shop. For certain tasks they are required to wear gears like earplugs or goggles to protect themselves from harm while repairing your car. They have to work very carefully so that no error occurs, as one small error on their part can be fatal. If you think that this is an easy job then you have to think once again because this job requires a lot of concentration and the mechanics may have to stand for a long period at a stretch.

Job description

The job description of an automobile mechanic includes:

– At the time of routine check up of cars, they have to scrutinize and lubricate different parts of the vehicles including the engines.

– To calculate approximately the potential expenditure of repairing the car.

– To inspect the vehicles by following a systematic pattern.

It is very important on the part of the automobile mechanic to communicate their thoughts clearly so that the owner of the car will be able to understand the problem of the car and the solution to that problem. Like I said earlier, an automobile mechanic will need to focus on his work carefully because this is that line of work that requires focus and concentration while working on the cars. They have to take notice of the different parts of the car so that they can prevent any potential problems from taking place. While thinking of plans to repair or fix the car, they have to be very practical.

Some of the requirements for automobile mechanics are as follows:

– They should have a fair idea about technology and engineering.

– They should know how to make use of computers and different kinds of software.

– They should be able to repair cars and use the different kinds of equipments that are required for the purpose of repairing cars.

Info about Mechanic Car Servicing Basics

The car brakes are important for safe driving and there are different things that could go wrong with them. One of the most common issues is when the brake pads wear out because there is constant friction against them. There will be a squeaking noise every time you slow down and a mechanic will have to replace the brake shoes. Sometimes, it might be something that you can rectify on your own like if there is a stone wedged between the shoe and the brake disk. When your car vibrates more when you are driving over rough surfaces, it means that the suspension has packed in. This is job that should be left for the mechanic to repair so that you do not end up making the problem worse.

The battery is normally charged when the car is ignited and when it is in motion since this is when the alternator rotates to give charge. This means that the battery is constantly refilled so that there is sufficient energy to operate the windshield wipers, lights and to keep driving. However, when it stops working, there might be one of the several reasons causing the problem. For instance, if you accidentally left the car on for long, this will drain the battery. You can connect jump leads to your battery and also to that of another car, start the engine on the other car to give yours a jump start to bring it back to life.

The engine is a vital part and the oil and air filters should be regularly cleaned and changed when required. To ensure that your car is well serviced, it is imperative to have a qualified and well experienced mechanic. You can research different automotive certifications since a qualified mechanic will be certified and the certification will indicate areas he is proficient in.

Online reviews can also be used to get information on the level of customer satisfaction the mechanic has provided. You can also find a good mechanic by asking for recommendations from relatives, friends and business associates, on one that they may have worked with before or know of. A local mechanic is a good bet since he is competing with other larger corporations and his objective is to build a long term relationship with clients.

Mobile Mechanics

1. Willing to provide a written quote up-front

In fact, this is actually a trait of all good mechanics. If your mechanic has a wide experience in major makes and models, doing car repairs and services of all different types, then they can accurately estimate how long a job will take. This gives you the peace of mind of knowing exactly what your liabilities will be at the end of the job, and is a prerequisite of all good mobile mechanics.

2. Good communication skills

By this, we don’t mean that your mechanic tells you his life story in a poetic and dramatic manner … we mean that he is able to clearly communicate the problem to you, and support his diagnosis with visual examples where it’s possible. For example, “Look at how gunky the spark plugs are – the reason it wouldn’t start is because there was no spark to ignite the fuel”. Your mobile mechanic should communicate to you things like:

o Why the problem occurred
o How the problem occurred
o The extent of the damage to your system
o What needs to be done to make your car driveable
o What will need to be done in the short, medium and long term to ensure your car stays in good working order
o How you can fit repairs in with your budget – they will create a priority schedule for you.

3. They offer a warranty

Professional, expert mobile mechanics will always offer a warranty. The best will give an equal warranty on all parts and labour, of up to 12 months or 20,000 kilometres. If you choose a nationwide brand, then your warranty can be honoured no matter what your location if there is ever a problem. Additionally, you know you’ve found a good mobile mechanic when they trust your opinion when you ring for a warranty claim, and remain completely solution-focused (no blame storming!).

Many mobile mechanics can also repair and service new cars without affecting the dealer’s statutory warranty.

4. No travel time charges

Mobile mechanics already save on overheads by not having a workshop – but they necessarily incur travel costs with that business model. A reliable, reputable company won’t charge you for the travel time to get to your vehicle – they’ll include it as part of their business expenses.