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 Giddeons 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 Giddeons Automotive.
This is the first time an auto service shop has earned my trust in over 20 years. I've taken both of my cars to them over the past 4 years and they have ALWAYS been up-front and honest with me... even when the RIGHT thing to do doesn't make them any money. One of my cars recently had a catastrophic failure and Giddeons diagnosed and gave me the bad news. Due to the significant cost I took the car to another shop for a second opinion which (no surprise to me) confirmed what Giddeons told me. Giddeons did a great job getting the car back on the road again and I'm still happy to call them my trusted auto shop.
They take very good care of our cars and are reasonable on their prices. They also turn them around pretty fast if we book an appointment.
I've never taken any of my cars anywhere else. Honest service and really good people who are genuinely always there to help.
Really nice place! The person who rung me up was very polite. I went in for a tire rotation which was 20 bucks. I decided to wait inside and to my surprise the waiting area/pay area was very nice and classy. Would recommend this shop.
Technology (google) helped me find this place but amazing service keeps me coming back year after year. In the 4 years I have lived in Woodstock I have brought all 5 of the family cars here with issues from tire alignment to cracked cylinders. They always approach the solution with my budget and the safety of my family in mind.
I was in the process of searching for a "new" used vehicle, and I would have Giddeons do the inspections (They would do a basic inspection first where they wouldn't charge me if the vehicle wasn't in good enough condition to continue to be inspected... Happened every time except twice). They treated the process as if they were the ones buying the vehicle. I must have called them a hundred times with questions I had about vehicles, and they never got frustrated with me. Without Giddeons I wouldn't have found a vehicle in nearly as good of condition as the one I'm driving now. If you're looking for a mechanic go to Giddeons. They won't let you down. Thanks again for going above and beyond for me!