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Category Archives: Automotive

Trustworthy Car Mechanic

Think Before Choosing

The most vital issue to recollect is that you just ought to never choose a car mechanic on an impulse. Those who choose their mechanic without thinking typically land up regretting the choice, as they get charged with extremely high costs and have to get services which is not close to skilled.

That is why it is vital to search for an expert as soon as you get a new car, even if your vehicle does not need any repairs at that point of time. By doing this, if your car would ever need any repair works, you may apprehend specifically wherever you are going to take your car, so you do not need to choose a car mechanic on an impulse and end up regretting the decision.

Cleanliness At The Mechanic Shop

Most people assume that every mechanic shop is dirty, filthy, unorganized place, however this might not be true. Though, most garages might appear to possess a thin layer of dirt or grease on everything, but that is a bit expected.

However, there is no excuse for a mechanic to have an unorganized garage. They must be aware where all of their tools are so they can get them instantly, also the elements that they need. They ought to even have a clean place for people who are expecting their vehicle to get repaired in a short period of time. If the car mechanic’s garage is filthy, unorganized, and uses old tools, you’ll need to consider visiting some other more professional garage.

Talk to Your Car Mechanic

  • Ask your mechanic if their shop is ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified. If so, they  have already successfully completed a testing program to become certified. When you take your car to an ASE certified mechanic, you can be confident that they will do a good job of taking care of your car. Warranty Direct has a list of approved car repair shops to refer to.
  • Before taking your car in to the mechanic, make a list of all the things you want your mechanic to look at. This is a great help to your mechanic, since they’ll know what to be looking for. Remember they are skilled technicians, but they are not psychics.
  • Take your car for a test drive before and after repairs. This is something that people commonly fail to do after having their car serviced. This can prevent return trips – sometimes problems only crop up when you are actually driving the car, so do not forget this.
  • Ask questions. Ask your mechanic what you should be looking for in terms of signs of car trouble, how frequently certain systems in your car need to be checked or serviced and how often your tires should be replaced or rotated.
  • When trying to explain noises your vehicle may be making, be as specific as possible. If there is a squeal, say so rather than trying to imitate the noise for your mechanic. Be specific about everything that happens when you drive your car that you’d like your mechanic to check out – this will help them to do a better job.
  • Ask for an estimate for any possible repairs. If you are quoted a price which you think is too much, ask around other repair ships. After having repairs done, ask your mechanic exactly what was repaired or replaced, along with how long you can expect these parts or repairs to last – find out if the repairs or parts are covered by a guarantee.
  • Whenever having a lube-oil-filter job done, ask your mechanic when you should have this done next. Make a note of what your mechanic says – some may even give you a sticker to put by your odometer to remind you.

Car Mechanics Use Technology

Car repairs can cover any one or a combination of the following (note that this is not a complete repair list).

• Air conditioning checks
• Air bag checks
• Electrical wiring
• Cables
• Clutch service and repair
• Transmission repair
• Wheel Alignment
• Suspension
• Brakes
• Heating system
• Oil and lubrication
• Battery
• Power windows

Much of the troubleshooting that mechanics use to diagnose a problem is facilitated by car repair technology.

Ever noticed how some lights on your panel come on when something’s wrong? In most cases, an experienced mechanic will know immediately what the problem is, but there are instances where it will take sophisticated technology to lead to an accurate diagnosis.

Sophisticated technology comes in many forms and one popular one is troubleshooting software. Companies like Auto Tech have a software program that car owners can use to find out what is ailing their vehicle.

Most car owners who were cynical about software programs before should seriously consider purchasing a reliable car troubleshooting software program. For instance, some programs start out by asking you to input your car make and model number, the year of the car and what kinds of equipment it has. The software features a large database of information about all cars in the market and a car owner simply follows the steps when prompted. It employs what the industry calls a “tree diagnosis” where logical steps take you through the entire diagnosis process.

After you’ve keyed in your car’s profile, you use the drop down menu to choose the symptoms that your car is exhibiting. For instance, if you choose “squealing brakes”, the program mimics the squealing of brakes and if that’s the sound you hear, you confirm it and the program recommends a series of steps.

You may not really want to use a troubleshooting software, but imagine how much time and money you could save if you spoke to the mechanic intelligently, letting him know that you’re in the know.

Students who are studying towards certification buy certain tools of the trade. A couple of examples are Snap On and Mac Tools. These two are the most popular in the United States and Canada.

Mechanics now have a wide range of technology tools to help them understand car problems better: digital multimeters (electronic measuring), boroscopes (testing heat exchangers), fuel diagnostic testers (testing and balancing fuel injectors) and other such new technologies.

Find a Reliable Car Mechanic

Localization is key to finding a good mechanic. For instance, if you’re looking for a Delaware, Ohio mechanic, your first course of action should be to speak to friends and family members directly around the Delaware area, particularly those with some knowledge of auto maintenance and repair. Try to find a personal recommendation, and don’t simply ask who someone uses, ask why they use them as well. Find out about specific experiences that they’ve had with the mechanic.

You can also use the Internet to improve your chances of finding someone reliable. Type a phrase like “Delaware, Ohio mechanic” into Google or an auto repair guide site. Look for personal reviews of the different mechanics in your area to compare price and reliability. Again, you want to focus on personal experience, not general reviews. You ideally want to find out how a mechanic deals with tough situations, and see how the business reacts when a mechanic makes a mistake. Recognize that it’s nearly impossible for working mechanics to avoid a negative review or two, but if a particular auto mechanic has an overall poor rating, steer clear.

Talking to your auto mechanic is important. Even if you know nothing about cars, it’s easy to figure out whether a certain shop knows their business – they should be able to clearly explain what’s wrong with your car (or if nothing’s wrong with it, how and why you can keep it maintained). You should never feel like you’re in the dark.

Preserve Car Exterior

Start at the bottom. It is a matter of choice, but by starting with your tyres the job will become a little easier as you will see later. You will need to use a wheel cleaner with a stiff brush to make sure the wheels are sparkling clean before rinsing and washing them off. Similarly, wash the tyres and hose them off but leave the dressing until the rest of the car is finished.

Now go to the top. When washing your car, hose it down from the roof first to make sure all loose surface dirt is washed away. Spray the doors, bonnet and boot with a firm spray to do the same thing.

With a bucket full of detergent and a soft sponge begin cleaning the car starting with the roof. Use the sponge in a circular motion to remove the dirt from the roof of the car, then moved down to clean all exterior windows. At this point you should hose off the soapsuds completely and then move to the next section.

Using the same sponge clean the left and right sides of the vehicle before moving to the bonnet area. After finishing the bonnet clean the boot including all lights.

Hose off all sides, bonnet and boot so that the car is now free of soapsuds.

Inspect the car for any missed areas and use the sponge to clean them down again. Pay particular attention to the undersides of all doors, side mirrors and areas around the number plates. When you have removed all visible dirt hose vehicle down once more.

Using a chamois or other favourite drying towel, dry the entire vehicle from top to bottom, following the same pattern you used to wash the car.

Once the car is dry you can dress the tyres with tyre protector and spray shine if you wish.

If you think the vehicle is in need of a polish, choose the appropriate grade polish for the surface you are cleaning and apply gently in a circular motion allowing the product to dry before gently buffing. It is important to always maintain a circular motion when removing and applying polish.

Car Repair Doctors Are Indispensable

I am very fortunate to have found a tremendous mechanic who not only knows exactly what he’s doing, but charges extremely fair prices. He even tries not to do anything extra unless it is absolutely necessary. He and I have even become close personal friends after all the years of fixing my ancient fleet of vehicles. I like to call him “Uncle Gary,” amongst other nicknames we have for each other that are unprintable here.

The cheapest way to deal with auto maladies is always to fix them, rather than buying, God forbid, a new car. We all know that when you drive a brand new car off the lot, it immediately loses 20% of its value. Depreciation is a killer in the auto industry. So, I have found it best to cobble together my 4 old vehicles the best I can. I have Gary perform routine maintenance on them without fail. My cars always have fresh oil, a new filter, clean battery posts, and the right levels of all fluids.

Let me tell what I mean by “ancient vehicles”: our newest is the 1996 Toyota Camry, followed by the 1995 Ford Windstar Van, then it’s the 1977 long-bed Toyota pickup, followed by my favorite, the completely stock 1950 Ford 2-door sedan with the Flathead V8 and under 50,000 original miles. We were born the same year. And, I grew up with a carbon copy of it as a kid.

I have paid “Gary the Mechanic” a small fortune over the many years we’ve been doing business together, but it can’t come close to what a new car costs.

If you saw my cars, you would be shocked at how well they run. Beauty is only skin deep, you know.
For what it’s worth, a cardinal rule I have for all my vehicles is never ever wash them. We don’t have a garage, and I live in the very dusty high country of Northern Arizona, so what’s the use? Don’t get me wrong, if I had a garage, I’d wash ’em up real good, and maybe even throw on a decent wax job like I always used to do. I’m probably an idiot for being so unconcerned about the appearance of my fleet, but I am a stickler for all things under the hood and drive train. Oh, and I get my tires checked often as a matter of safety and increased fuel efficiency.

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.