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 Cottin's 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 Cottin's Automotive.
Brian is an awesome mechanic he's not out to screw you over like most are. He's even work with me on time issues and came in the help me out even before his shop is even open.
Awesome people, awesome work. Thank you Brian and Pat!
I am so impressed with this family operated business. My car is an older model but it really has never run as well as now. The service is fast and precise, the customer is made aware of what is being done and what is recommended to be done. Pricing was fair. I am happy.
Great service. I went there my check engine light was on. Brian hooked up to the cars computer found the code. Opened the hood and found a disconnected vacuum line. He reconnected it. He told me he's not sure if that was the problem. Said to drive the car and see if the light comes back on. Honest service.
Cottin's Automotive is by far the BEST place around. They are always able to fix any problem my Tahoe has. I recommend them over anyone else!
Always a very professional job. Would not use anyone else.
Dependable and fast!
Good, actually great service. Diagnosed my problem quickly and fixed it quickly. That was 3-4 months ago, have not had a problem since then. Thank you so much!
Great Family run business! Needed an oil change and Brian was kind enough to squeeze me in. Thank You Brian!
Excellent service. They communicate with me every step of the way. They even work with me to drop off and pick my truck up.
Awesome place and excellent mechanics will always take my truck there and would very highly recommend them to everyone.
This is the only shop I will use; Cotton's has earned my confidence and trust over the past few years.
Cottin's Automotive is the BEST! It was really easy to make an appointment, they are SO FRIENDLY, and the PRICE was MUCH LOWER than I expected! This was my first time there and I plan on using them again EVERY TIME my car has issues. I highly recommend them!
I can not say enough but Brian and his work and prices!! For you single woman, DO NOT BE AFRAID OF BEING OVERPRICED! He has worked on my car twice now, I honestly was afraid of price the first time, I was shocked! I do not live close to his shop, so its harder to get my car to him, but I make it happen. I tell everyone about him.
Very honest and trustworthy. Always a good experience.
Fast, courteous, professional and above all else fair pricing for quality work and HONEST, A RARITY THESE DAYS.
Very professional and timely service at a reasonable cost.
My experience with Cottin's Automotive has always been great! They are honest, reliable and very reasonable for all my auto maintenance and repairs. I wouldn't bring my car anywhere else!
Awesome people, family owned and operated. They always do what is best for you and explain all totally, as well as take into account budget needs. Highly recommend to all. Visit them for all your auto or truck needs. You will always be pleased.