Even the greatest, most well-designed vehicles in the world require repairs every now and then. Mechanical parts get worn out as they do their jobs—it’s just a fact of life. Fortunately, the team at My Mechanic is prepared to handle any repair you might need. Our mechanics have bumper-to-bumper repair experience on every make and model you can think of. Our services include:
“The folks at My Mechanic worked fast, getting my transmission repair handled quickly so I could get back on the road. I haven’t had a single problem since.” -M. Hodges, Cary, NC.
Signs Your Car Might Need a Repair
When cars have a problem they are rarely stoic and silent about it! Cars find ways to let you know something’s going on. The sooner you respond to your car’s cues, the better off you will be. Remember, waiting will never make the problem go away. It will just make the problem worse, and far more expensive to deal with. Call us right away if you’re experiencing any of the following problems:
“Check Engine” Light is On
You may have heard people say, “9 times out of 10, that’s just a computer problem.” Sometimes that’s true, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. On-board diagnostics become better and more reliable every year. Bottom line, if your car tells you it has a problem then your best bet is always going to be to get that checked out right away.
Pulling out of your driveway and seeing a big puddle of something on the concrete is never a good sign. If you see a rainbow stain you’re leaking oil. If you’re seeing green stuff, you’re leaking radiator fluid. Either sight is cause for alarm. Even if the problem is minor (a loose hose or drain plug, for example), you’ll run out of fluids eventually if you don’t do something about it. Your car needs all of its fluids to function properly.
You don’t want unlubricated car parts smashing and grinding against each other at 60 mph. You’ll soon hear grinding, rattling, and other noises as those crucial components start to fail. Speaking of which…
If your car has never made a particular noise before, you can bet this new development does not represent an improvement in the way the car operates. You could hear rattles, splutters, chirps, squeaks, shrieks, or rumbles. Get them checked out ASAP! You should even be concerned if the car is running a lot louder than usual—that could mean the exhaust system has gotten fouled up.
“Sticky” Shifting or Steering
If you start feeling resistance as you try to make a turn or find that you’re having to fight the stick as you move from “drive” to “park,” then something is definitely worn out or about to break.
Worried about the costs of car repair?
We find many people wait too long to get their cars checked because they’re terrified we’re going to ask them for their firstborn child. There’s simply no way to know how much you’re in for without getting an estimate from a qualified mechanic.
However, there is a rule of thumb you can use to try to predict how much the repair might cost. Ask yourself: how quickly did I respond to a sign that something was wrong?
If you responded quickly and caught the problem early the repair is often going to be a minor one. Minor problems usually cost between $250 to $800 to repair. This may not be a fun check to write, it’s not necessarily catastrophic, either.
If you wait too long, however, we might have worse news for you. If the repair is major, then bills between $800 and $3000 are not at all uncommon. This is especially true if we have to replace your transmission, rebuild your engine, or put in a new head gasket.
If you want to save money, don’t wait until you have to get your vehicle towed to your garage. Stop on in to see us the moment you suspect you have a problem.
Don’t guess, don’t wait. Stop in and see us today.
We offer all auto repair services right here in our shop!