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 Problems
Let'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 Southside Automotive Inc..
Vibration While Driving
This 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 Performance
Your 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 Southside Automotive Inc..
There are instances where car maintenance is simple and easy, but if you notice any of these issues developing, it's best to take your car in for a qualified mechanic's checkup so the problems can be remedied before they turn into much more serious issues. Southside Automotive Inc. has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.
What People Say About Us
Friendly and professional service was the benchmark at this shop. Owner Wally Rauvala and chief auto technician Gary Keivla bent over backwards to get our vintage Vixen 21 RV back on the road as soon as parts could be located and installed.
Beyond their professionalism, Wally and Gary were altogether decent people to work with. By their graciousness, they were able to keep the stress of our breakdown situation to a manageable level.
The Marquette market is lucky to have this shop in their community. I would recommend them without hesitation.
Wally came to my rescue on US-41 on a very cold evening to help me with a flat. Most of my tools were stripped and he came out of his way to help me get back on the road. I recommend anyone who needs any automobile services done, go to Wally at Southside Automotive, he will take care of you! Tell them Ryan sent ya!
Great place! Super nice people, and pleased with the service.
Wally and Marty, always have a smile on their faces and go the extra mile to make sure everyone is happy!
Very professional and polite. They went beyond what was expected compared to any experience at other vehicle repair shops. I would recommend Southside Automotive for your next maintenance or repair needs.
Had a complete motor swap done. The crew was very helpful and made sure I was okay with everything done the whole way through. Saved me money where they could and have held up their end of the deal with warranty and making sure my truck is running the way it should. Not the first work I've had done there but deffinetly the biggest job. All my experiences with them have been great and I feel like I've gotten the best deals I can. Would recommend for sure!
Service at Southside is great! Wally is super knowledgeable and insightful in answering all the questions and concerns I had. He also went out of his way to explain everything in layman's terms so I knew what I was paying for. He didn't try to sell me on anything I didn't need (like so many other shops have) and showed me what went wrong with my old parts. Great service, I will certainly be coming back here again!!!
I highly recommend them. Very friendly and affordable!
They do professional timely work! Always happy with the service!
Wally and the gang at Southside always do exceptional work and have never let me down. I have been burned many times by a lot of local places but that's not the way Wally does business. It's the only place in the area I go to and the only one I recommend!
Hardworking and honest group. Nice to know you're in good hands when using their services.
I was having an issue with fuses (or so I thought) so I randomly stopped in to see if I could buy some. When I asked to buy 12 of them, he came right out & looked at the issue (it was a wire problem, not fuses in the end) for 45 mins & never charged me! & this was at the end of his day & he stayed over a half hour more! So I made an appt & was overjoyed with the way they solved the problem & how much it cost. Very reasonable. This is a great garage, I would HIGHLY recommend them!
I had a few problems with my truck over the past couple weeks. I have went to Southside for all of them. They fixed it in a timely manner everytime for a fair price. Great people to work with. Great place to go. Will highly recommend to anyone.