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 Budget Auto Parts & 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 Budget Auto Parts & Service.
I DO NOT have enough good words to say about James and his staff at Budget. He has been going way out of his way to take care of me and my situation. LONG STORY - I went for an oil change at Walmart on my 2014 Subaru Forester and they drained out my transmission fluid and filled up my oil, without draining it. We went back to Walmart after leaving and having issues, and the manager told us there was "nothing wrong" with the OVER FILLED oil dip stick. We then decided to go to Budget. My husband did NOT make it there and they left right away to tow us to their shop. Upon their inspection they found the oil WAY over filled and hardly any transmission fluid. They had to flush all the fluids and refill everything. Needless to say we had to pay that bill and now am dealing with a claim with Walmart. I have talked to James and he is trying to contact the "CLAIM" dept. that I am TRYING to deal with. For SOME reason they don't seem to answer when I call. Being new to the area sure put us at ease about finding this good service garage. Wish we went there first !!! ***** FIVE STARS*****
Jim and jose and brad in the banana are so delightful. They all make doing business w/them fun and delightful regardless of whether or not i have candy with me for them
Very honest business! Took great care of my 2013 mustang (needed tranny) very fast service! Highly recommend anyone to this place! They have almost everything and if they don't, they can get it!
Highly recommend these guys, they are wonderful. Professional, knowledgable and always very helpful!
Brad, Kim and Staff knowledgeable and welcoming. Very friendly, helpful environment.
These people are awesome and Jose is so friendly and the best these are my car guys I take my truck to be fixed anytime theres something wrong with professional and great workmanship
Very helpful employees! We will return.
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If I could give more than five stars I would. The guys at budget are AMAZING. I had some issues with my truck and they fixed all the problems for a very reasonable price. The level of positive customer service and honesty I receive from Jim and all the other guys is something that you wont get any where else. They are more concerned about the customers than making a dollar ,which says alot for them. I will not consider taking any vehicle that I own to anywhere other than budget. Great work,great prices and great people!!! Check them out, you wont regret it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Budget was recommended to me by a fellow church member who owns another shop, My need was out of the scope of their work. Jim handled my need accordingly and was very affordable. Instead of just charging me for what might have been wrong they handled the problem the right way. I highly recommend budget for all your major repair needs!
Jim and Jose are Awesome not only can they find you any part you need they also can repair your vehicle to. Mechanic are very knowledgeable
Super place to find a good deal! Jim was most helpful in finding the parts that I requested. It was very professional and I'll request him the next time I go I need parts from there. All employees are courteous helpful and very knowledgeable in their field. I'll be sure to go back!