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 Allman's Automotive.
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 Allman's Automotive.
Great work, quick and detailed.
Kevin is the best! Knowledgeable, friendly, and reasonably priced. I highly recommend him!
Wonderfully thorough, great mechanic.
As always, Kevin and the crew keep my Rav4 going!!
Outstanding professional service. Great use of technology to enhance the customer service experience. Reasonable prices and quick service.
Timely repairs, very professional, convenient drop off. reasonably priced.
Allman's Auto is a very professional and trustworthy shop with some extremely knowledgeable mechanics. They are easy to work with and won't perform or recommend services you don't need! I also like the technology they use to keep you updated on the status of your service, health of your vehicle, and future appointments.
Kevin and Mike are incredibly skilled at what they do and generous with their time. I had a pre-sale vehicle inspection done here. They took photos of all the areas they inspected and then explained what I was looking at. Thanks to them, I felt comfortable buying the vehicle. Also, these guys have a great sense of humor. Who doesn't need a good laugh?
Kevin and his team are very knowledgeable and they have never taken advantage of me, even suggesting solutions that would save my family money. Everybody needs "a guy" that can help when their car breaks down. Kevin is that guy for me.
If you're looking for a new mechanic, give Kevin a chance. He only has 2 bays, but he's amazing.
Best service I have ever had bar none. Respectful and thoughtful customer service. Above and beyond is their normal idea of work ethic. Will never bring any of my 3 vehicles anywhere else, and always recommend him to everyone I know looking for a mechanic.
I think this is my fourth 5 star review I've left for Allman's, but the first on Google reviews. I have four drivers in my family now and four cars. Ever since I discovered Allman's (in 2015 from reading great reviews) I have gone to them for just about everything. It would be absolutely everything if I lived closer. In my opinion, Kevin is a master diagnostician, and has nailed it the first time on all the tricky problems I have brought to him. They are very thorough when inspecting a car for safety and will tell you the truth about what is really needed and things to keep an eye on. When I bring a car in that isn't riding right, it always leaves the shop riding like new. And I feel like I underpay (don't tell Kevin ;-).
Had a great experience. He helped me figure out exactly why my car wasn't working (when the dealership gave me false information after spending just 5 minutes with my car) and fixed it for less than he originally quoted. He even left it running for an hour AND drove it several miles to make sure it wouldn't break down on me again, giving me peace of mind. Plus, the website they give you explaining every part of your car, including what needs immediate attention and what can wait, is great! Overall quick and helpful service that went above and beyond what I expected. Just wish they were closer, but I was towed there while pretty far from my house.
Very happy with the service we received. Everyone is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I like the constant communication knowing what is going on at all times. No guessing and no surprises. I also enjoy reviewing the very detailed report on what has gone on with each review on all aspects of the car and what was looked at with each maintenance schedule. Well done and keep up the good work. I would certainly recommend Allman's Automotive and rest assured your car will be in good hands.
I WILL NEVER TAKE MY CAR ANYWHERE ELSE!!!!!! The owner, Kevin, constantly goes above and beyond to make my car servicing experiences prompt and care-free!!! He's honest and trustworthy which means more to me than anything but you also can't beat his prices!!! I recommend everyone to try him out!!!!
FANTASTIC customer service and excellent work. A friend of mine referred me to Allman's Automotive after I moved to the area and was looking for a good mechanic. I went in for an oil change and battery replacement. The owner, Kevin, was friendly and down-to-earth. I had brought my laptop- Free Wifi and very comfortable waiting area- but hardly got anything done because the service was so quick! Pricing was very affordable and Kevin didn't try to sell me on anything additional, like a lot of other places I've tried. I definitely recommend Allman's Automotive- I'll be back for sure!
Kept my car going well for over 300k miles.
Excellent service, very informative and intuitive inspections. Great communication!