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 Specialized Truck and Auto Service.
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 Specialized Truck and Auto Service.
I called a day a head to make sure i would be able to get my car?s state inspection done during my lunch and they said of course! The next day I showed up and they were immediately assisting me. Very kind and energetic team. I was in and out within 20 min. It was fantastic work and felt appreciated because they were considerate of my time. Keep up the good work!
Kevin gives top of the line service. He his through and honest in all the work he has done for us. Highly recommend if you need anything done to your vehicles.
These guys are awesome! Went in for the annual vehicle inspection and mentioned another problem that several others had looked at but could not fix. Kevin jumped on it and had it resolved in ten minutes. Amazing service and I will definitely be back. Thanks Kevin!
I took my truck in thinking it needed a tune up, but Kevin took a look at it first and said he didn?t see anything wrong with it. He even test drove it to see if he could hear anything. Fortunately, it didn?t need a tune up or anything else. He could have just sold me something, but he didn?t. He was very honest and very trustworthy. I will definitely be taking my truck to him for any work that it will need in the future. I definitely recommend him to everyone! Kevin and his team will treat you right for sure!
Outstanding customer service! Very honest and all repairs were completed on time! I would recommend this repair shop for any make or model, ask for KEVIN, he?s the Owner and a great guy! Highly recommended and thanks Kevin for the great customer service!!
Kevin and his team are wonderful! They are knowledgeable, caring, and TRUSTWORTHY professionals who exemplify customer service. As a mother, it is of the utmost importance that I have reliable transportation. Having been taken advantage of by so many mechanics in the past, I'd become a little leery about taking my car to be serviced. Thank God I don't have to feel that way anymore! My dad recommended this shop, which is now where my family will entrust our vehicles for all services. Thank you Kevin!
My gf and I moved here a few months ago and found ourselves in search of an affordable and reliable mechanic. Well needless to say we were lucky to discover this shop. Kevin and his crew took excellent care of us and were very reasonable in price. Same day service and kept me updated throughout the repair. I highly recommend these guys.
Excellent service! Mr. Kevin was quick and very thorough in explaining the issue I had with my Acura TL. His prices are fair and he has integrity, so there?s no need to worry about being ripped off. I highly recommend using him for your auto repair needs!
We are very pleased with the service provided by Specialized Truck & Auto Service. We like that we can drop off our truck and we know that Kevin will take care of whatever is wrong with it. Above all, Kevin is a very honest man. I highly recommend Specialized Truck and Auto Service.
I moved to Tx in 2012. My daughter recommended Kevin to do work on my 1997 Ford Ranger. Being an older vehicle, I had several jobs done. Each time Kevin did a great job. He has always been dependable. Once he fixed my A/C and it stopped working again. He checked it out to find that the part he had put in was defective. It was under warranty so we didn?t have to pay for it. Kevin also put the second part on at no cost to me. He stands behind his work. I believe he also loves his line of work. He is fair and upfront. I recommend him highly.
Don't waste your time looking at the reviews of all the other auto shops in houston. This guy is 30 minutes from my house and well worth the commute. He was transparent with quoting, stuck to it, got it done fast and extremely friendly. You can tell the minute you arrive the guys here are like family. They all love their jobs and it shows. I like a mechanic who cares more about taking care of the customer than being greedy and making more money. This business has all 5 star reviews for a reason. Look no further.
Kevin and the team are reliable and do top notch work. He LISTENS to his customers and takes care of the issues they are concerned about and informs you of other items that are found for your review. And there is no pressure. Great man, great place, and reasonable pricing. Highly recommend.
I have had several repair needs that Specialized Truck and Auto has handled. I find their staff to be professional and courteous and their work to be excellent. I recommend them to anyone in need of mechanic services.
Excellent and trustworthy service! Kevin will walk you through the process and give you an honest diagnostic of your vehicle?s problem. He will definitely go the extra mile to get the job done at very fair and competitive price! 100% Recommended!
Kevin and his Team at Specialized Truck and Auto went above and beyond the call of duty in taking care of the issues I was having with my Range Rover. I could not have been more impressed with the level of service and care I was shown. Auto Repair can often be a house of horrors for a lady, but I am totally comfortable and pleased with how Everything was handled. Please consider this a 5 out of 5 rating and recommendation for Specialized Truck and Auto Service!
The best customer service ever he knew what was wrong right away and fixed my truck. Very nice and patient people serving you with a smile. I'll be sending them a lot of business.
I have taken different cars to Kevin over the years, and he has always been honest, upfront and dependable. He explains everything to you in a way you can understand and provides recommendations to get you the best price. If you want a mechanic you can trust, go to Specialized Truck and Auto.
I have know Kevin at specialized truck and auto for almost 3years now and he is honest very thorough and goes great work. He has fixed all of my cars my sons cars and now I have my mother going there so he has become her mechanic also. He is also customer friendly and explain everything the he has to do to get your car running again. Great guy an I highly recommend him, and he has very reasonable pricing.
Kevin is as honest and hard-working as the day is long!! He takes care of all our vehicles and I contacted him for his advice before I purchased my new car! Expertise is not cheap, you get what you pay for and more!!! He has been our mechanic and mentor for over five years!
Very happy with Kevin's service. I highly recommend his shop. He was patient and listened to all my concerns. He is trustworthy and will be my mechanic for all future needs. Thank you for your great service, sir!
I can?t say enough good things about this company and the ownership to adequately describe how great they are. While driving from Austin to Houston, my car had major failure and they came to where my car died and fixed it within hours..... on a Saturday!! They are honest mechanics that do great work!
I was able to get a same day appointment for my State Inspection. They were quick and attentive and informed me of everything that needed my attention.
Kevin is first and foremost an individual of high integrity. He's an outstanding mechanic and warranties all of his service work. If you want your vehicle taken care of correctly and to last for hundreds of thousands of miles, then take it to Kevin.
YOU HAVE TRIED ALL THE REST NOW TRY THE BEST! HONESTY IS PRICELESS IN THIS DAY AND AGE! STAND UP HONEST AND TRULY BLESSED HANDS! I PROMISE YOUWILL NOT REGRET YOUR EXPERIENCE!
I have known the owner for years at Specialized Truck and Auto Service. Kevin is thorough, reliable, and gets the job done right. He is a man of integrity with 30+ years of diagnosing and repairing cars while making customer service a priority! Specialized Truck and Auto will not disappoint!
Finally! A mechanic you can trust! I take all my cars to Kevin, he really knows his stuff. Great service, great price, great guy!