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 Tigard SUV and Auto Repair, Inc..
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 Tigard SUV and Auto Repair, Inc..
We can't begin to thank Chris and Dan for all the help and offer of more help for our very troubled car. The end result was good for us, however, it no doubt cost them a lot. Our thanks seems very small.
This a wonderful team of auto professionals who are always willing to explain options which is invaluable! Love Chris and Dan at the front desk and my trusty tech who helps keep my cars in running awesome!
Great interaction and communication overall. Gave us honest assessment with no BS. Will definitely use Tigard SUV again.
Service people were friendly and efficient. The kept me informed thru the entire process. Work was done timely and well.
They always take care of me and save me money where they can. I appreciate all the work that I've had done with them and the quality cant be beat!
I love the mechanics and service specialists at TSUV&A. Always professional and courteous. I am always able to schedule a loaner car. I appreciate the updates and they keep me informed of the changes along the way. Chris and Daniel are awesome! They also beat out the price of a competitor's shop who couldn't provide me with a loaner when TSUV&A can. Thanks as always for the great service!
Chris and the other folks over at Tigard SUV do fantastic work. They're honest, reliable and they work really hard to get you back on the road in a safe vehicle. I really appreciate the work you guys did for me. I would highly recommend bring your vehicle to Tigard SUV. Worth it!
First visit to Tigard SUV auto shop and very impressed by quality of service and accommodations. I dropped in without an appointment and they took care of me right away. They were able to identify the issue right away and recommended necessary repairs as well as future recommended maintenance on my vehicle. Overall a 5 stars for my experience and timing of repairs. Now I believe I have found myself a neighborhood auto repair place I can count on.
Honest and dependable service, I have taken vehicles here for almost 10 years. Great service and they educate you about issues and keep you informed. A+
Arguably the best auto repair shop in the State of Oregon. Honesty and Integrity is the hallmark of Tigard Auto Repair. I trust this repair facility with my 2002 Mitsubishi Montero, 2010 Toyota Camry, and 2008 Ford Mustang and as soon as my 2015 Cadillac SRX comes off Factory warranty, they will be taking care of that auto too. Thank you.
Great service, did awesome work on my brakes and rotors. Didn't feel pressured at all to spend money on extra recommendations for the car, even for fixes that were semi-urgent. Super satisfied with the experience and will definitely return there for all future work on my car.
Tigard SUV came recommended and they went above and beyond. I appreciate them keeping me in the loop on every step of the process. I?ll be going back time and again for any work and I can?t wait to see the friendly people at Tigard SUV.
I've used Tigard SUV and auto repair for several years now and have always been treated well and fairly. They've stood by their service and worked with me to solve problems especially on my older 4wd geo tracker. They appreciate how much the rig means to me especially as a tow vehicle behind my RV. Because of this, I trusted them to put in a new engine, clutch, and other new parts and am so happy to have it back ready to go another 200,000 miles! Thanks!
As always, I get the best customer seevice from Daniel and Chris over at Tigard SUV & Auto. They're also so good & patient to answer all my questions. They always have a loaner car and everytime I leave my vehicle with them, it comes back to me better than when I left it with them. I truly appreciate thier advice and willingness to help me keep my vehicle in great running order! Thank you!!!
I was advised by Chris Dillon when I made the appointment to bring my SUV in early at 0730 on Friday (when the shop opens) so they would have the best chance to fix my AC issue (compressor failure) before the weekend. I'm glad I followed his advice because Tigard SUV delivered!
So helpful and friendly. I feel very confident they will get the job done great and amazing customer service. No pressure and give you all options. Very happy!!!
Courteous, professional, and knowledgeable staff provide quality service in timely manner for a fair price without overselling additional services. The free loaner car is an added PLUS and convenience that no other shop I've used in the past 30 years has offered. Thanks!!
Going on a road trip? I recently was at Tigard SUV for an oil change and to add new tires to my Honda SUV. On my way home, the ease in handling, smoothness of the ride and reduced noise level was really amazing. Thanks Tigard SUV for keeping us safe and ready for the next big adventure! :-)
Tigard SUV were honest and straight forward in their work and communication. This was my first experience with this shop and will definitely return.
Always great service. Prompt, friendly, to the point. I?ve been going here for years now and don?t plan on going anywhere else! Thanks guys!
The service is as professional as it can get. I was treated with respect and fully informed of how action would be taken in the service of my car. While clearly busy with several customers, I felt I too was being attended to with care and thoughtfulness. Excellent business.
My first time taking my Honda Civic in and I can only say the service was excellent. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. I just found my permanent auto shop.
Efficient and, more importantly, honest. No pressure to do additional repairs. Great records of my vehicle...always up to date.