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 Al Dean's Auto Repair.
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 Al Dean's Auto Repair.
My Chevy Silverado brake line rusted out on Sat. just after 1 pm. I called the shop and did not leave a message because they close at that time. The owner still returned my call around 3 pm. I told him my issues and he said he could work on it Monday. They replaced my brake lines for the price he quoted, even though an extra part was needed. They also threw in a tire rotation and a cash discount. The owner is nice man to talk with and deliverers what he promises. This is not the first time I used them for repairs, because they do what they say for an honest price, with a smile. I will be back the next time I need repairs.
I can't say enough great words about this experience from start to finish!! This garage is absolutely wonderful - caring, affordable and speedy. The epitome of customer service! Well done Al Dean's, you have an A++ approval from me!! Thank you for your great vibes, a great start to this beautiful day!!
These guys are great. I've had more than a few repairs done here, and never had any problems with the cost or the service. In most cases I already had the replacement part, and the labor charge was very reasonable for the level of quality from the mechanic. After a few visits, the boss recognizes me and still waves anytime I see him out front. This is a shop that I refer everyone in town to. Even if you're in southern Rochester or east side Pontiac, it's worth the trip to have the job done right.
I was beyond pleased with my experience at Al Dean's Auto Repair. My father had recommended this place to me when I needed my bumper repaired and the service I was provided was above and beyond. The owner was very respectful and kind and took extra time out of his day explaining things about my car to me. Along with this, the prices were very reasonable compared to other services I have looked into. I would definitely recommend this place!
My stepfather has been coming here for years and I have never come because it is a 30 minute drive. I called for prices and they blew the other places out of the water. The work is quality and prices are great. I will be coming here from now on and referring everyone I know!
Chuck is wonderful man, very friendly and caring. Saved me thousand of dollar comparing to the dealers' quote. Both my car and my Dad's are rolling great on the road. I will highly recommending this auto shop to my friends for the professional skill and honesty.
The work on my vehicle was completed quickly, correctly, and at a fair price. Also, Chuck is hilarious. I will be bringing my vehicle back here for future maintenance and repairs.
Very prompt and friendly service. The owner and the mechanics were very accommodating. My brakes started grinding and I had to get them done in between my classes since they closed when my last class started. They gave me a ride back to school to wait so I wasn't stranded and they got the job done before they told me. Very reasonable pricing as well. I will return when needed.
They were recommended to me by a family friend. I needed a quick fix and they got the job done. I will be coming back to these great local guys!
Very professional and friendly people. Gave me free advice on replacing the tires for my BMW when I approached them for a flat tire, told me there was no life left in the tire anymore and there was no point in getting that fixed. Any other placed would have charged me $20 for the flat tire and not inform me about it not being good anymore.
Impressive work done by awesome people. A wheel bearing failed on my vehicle when I was interviewing in the area with my wife and kids. Aldeans put in the extra effort to take care of us and get us back on the road home that day. Amazing turn around time in my mind. They were also very personable and took time to explain what happened and what to expect. Thank you!
Had a work van break down on a tech in the area and had it towed to these guys. They could have got the van done that day by 6 but I needed it done faster. I brought them the part and they put it on for me. Price was reasonable and work was done fast. Nice people and understood my situation completely.
Chuck is a true gentleman, very knowledgeable and will show you the repairs that need to be made on your vehicle and best of all he's very affordable. I highly recommend Al Dean?s!
I was shopping at Farm Boy next door to Al Dean's Auto today when my car wouldn't start. Not knowing what the problem was, I walked over to Al Dean's to see if anyone could help. Al was so helpful and professional. He walked over with me, pointed out the problems he saw with the battery (which I had just bought in May 2016 from the dealer) and helped me to jump start it. He advised I go back to them, since it should be under warranty. I was so impressed with his knowledge and kindness. He took the time to show me the problem, and advised how to fix it. I will definitely return the next time I need an automotive repair, he earned a new customer today!
My husband's truck broke down on 75 when he was heading North for the weekend. It was towed to Al Dean's Auto and checked out on Saturday. After some usual codes were detected and diagnostic tests run, the mechanics found fried fuses, particularly the anti theft fuse causing the truck to shut off. These guys are simply the best and I can't thank them enough for their quick and excellent work! I would recommend them to anyone who needs work done -- even if it's towed in!
Went in for brakes after reading reviews. They provided a courtesy ride, communicated while they had my car, texted pics of what they saw, and fixed the problem promptly for a fair price. Friendly and trustworthy service.
Chuck was extremely accommodating and more than efficient when addressing my vehicle's needs. Not only was he professional, Chuck was an all around nice guy and exemplified customer service. I'll definitely go back for my other service needs!
Chuck is a great guy who was willing to listen carefully and provide me with information about my problem. He was very personable and honest. When I brought my car in he explained all of the problems that were wrong with my car and was very straightforward about whether or not my engine could be fixed with the little money I had on hand. Most other places would take your money and then let you be disappointed later. The info he gave allowed me to stop dumping money into a car I had been struggling to maintain with worry and sell it to get something reliable instead. I got some basic maintenance done for a great price and lightning fast service. Come here if you want to work with someone who cares about community and actually helping people!
They know autos and are respectable. They show damaged parts and explain what's needed to return the vehicle to good working condition. They get my recommendation!
Thanks Chuck!!! I was directed to his shop when I had a slow leak in left rear tire. Chuck explained that he is not equipped to change tires, but he took the time to examine the problem and found the nail embedded in the tire. He referred me to an excellent shop to have the work done at a honest and fair price. When you have out of state plates and your family with you, facing a long drive home, some honest help is the best you can hope for. Thanks again Chuck!!!!