Are you afraid to take your vehicle to an auto shop because you end up spending money on things that really didn't need fixing? Is the automotive repair on your vehicle performed on a trial-and-error basis, hoping that the problem will go away? Is there any way you can figure out what is wrong if your car doesn't start, or if you stall out in the middle of an intersection? Correct diagnosis of the problem is the first step in receiving the best automotive service possible at your automotive service center.
Eliminate the extra costs of repairs trying to pinpoint the problem, but didn't fix it! Consider these two easy tips for helping your automotive repair technician know where to start looking for a problem:
- Know Your Vehicle - Pay attention to how your vehicle normally responds so you can notice when something isn't right. What you see, hear, feel, and smell are important indicators of problems.
- Write it down - Jot down the issues you noticed so that you can describe the symptoms in concise and descriptive terms. If you try to rely on your memory, it is easy to overlook an important symptom of problems.
There are several common problems areas in vehicles that you should give special attention to, such as
- brakes (worn out pads, drums, or rotors),
- no-starts (bad battery, starter, fuel filter, etc)
- suspension (failing shocks and axles, lost wheel alignment or balancing)
- strange noises (rattles, ticks, grinding, and crunches)
- dashboard warning lights (check engine light flickers or stays on)
- transmission (jerky or stiff shifting, fluid leaks, odd smell, lack of response)
- muffler and exhaust system (loss of power, smoke from the muffler)
- A/C system/heating unit (air coming into the vehicle is either too warm or too cold)
- electrical system (bad spark plugs, combustion problems)
Remember: Receiving the best automotive repair is possible by receiving the correct diagnosis, saving hours spent in the auto shop and dollars in the bank!
Looking for quality automotive repair that is done right the first time? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Kestner Automotive today for more information about automotive service and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Lexington, SC, and the surrounding area.