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 Friendship Complete Automotive Care.
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 Friendship Complete Automotive Care.
Friendly, professional and explained to me what needed to be done to repair my car. I dropped it off and picked it up that night. Definitely will recommend this family owned business for your service needs.
Super friendly staff! Took the car for an oil change and was really impressed .
Family owned business where they ALWAYS take good care of you and your automobile. We have 4 vehicles entrusted with Friendship Automotive in Suwanee!
Found myself unexpectedly with a day off and needed an oil change. They were able to get it done in about an hour. Friendly service, reasonable price. Danny and Schylar were very nice. Glad to see a family run business.
Friendship Auto has taken great care of my commercial vehicles and are always there to answer any questions you might have. Great folks to deal with!!!
They are fast, efficient, knowledgeable, and have provided us with great prices! We definitely recommend!
I had a hood alignment problem, my hood flipped up and shattered my window. I came in freaked out and they reassured me, fixed it in 24 hours and had me on my way. I will be back. Great Company!
We were volunteering with OCC/Samaritans Purse and had car trouble. Not knowing anything about the area, and not wanting to get stranded, we asked a local volunteer. Friendship was recommended as a trustworthy operation and I can say it was a very accurate recommendation! Everyone was very kind, personable, and extremely helpful. What could have been a very stressful experience turned out to be easily resolved with Friendship's help! They are a blessing!!
They're the best! The first time I came to Friendship my car's hood wouldn't open, and instead of writing me off or pushing me to a body shop they sat there, stopped what they were doing and put real time and effort into my rinky-dink versa. Not only did they get the hood open, but they rigged it up to open free of charge! 4 years later I'm now taking my 2017 mustang to them exclusively for any routine maintenance or serious issues!
I needed to have a deep scratch repaired that someone bestowed upon my nearly new car. Dropped it off one morning and picked up it up the next afternoon good as new! It was freshly washed and smelled like new. They even cleaned my floor mats. While they might not have been the cheapest, they were not he most expensive either. Of course no one wants to pay for a repair like this out of pocket, but at least I felt comfortable with the friendly staff, and they provided me with a good service experience.
I highly recommend this shop!! Friendly and quick service. They explained to me what was wrong with my car, and patiently answered my questions. I felt very valued as a customer and will absolutely return!