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 Sunstate Auto Repair LLC.
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 Sunstate Auto Repair LLC.
Henry is the most honest and hardworking mechanic that I've ever met...After the first visit, I knew I had found my mechanic...He goes above and beyond to run tests to ensure that he fixes your car the right way the first time. He even went to bat for me with the parts manufacturer to have a faulty part covered under a warranty that had expired. I probably couldn't tell you how much time and money he has saved me. He was even nice enough to call my dad to explain the repairs as I'm not well-versed in car mechanics. Henry comes with my highest recommendation if you're looking for a skilled, friendly, and honest mechanic in the Orlando area.
This may not sound like a big deal but they did exactly what they said they would do. Gave me an estimate. It was accurate. Gave me a time they would contact me regarding the work being complete. They had it done right when they said they would. The job they were to do was done exactly as specified. No surprises. Just honest work.
Henry is the most honest, reliable mechanic I've ever met in my life. He has been the family mechanic for years now and I recommend all of my family, friends, and coworkers to him. I cannot say enough positive things about him or Sunstate Auto Repair!
I can tell you from personal experience over the last 15 years using Sunstate Auto that Henry is the best and most honest mechanic you will ever find. I drive out of my way to bring my vehicles to Henry because I trust no one else he has found things that others have missed and he continually tries to look for ways to save me money while keeping me safe. Thank you Henry for all you have done!
I am SO glad a friend recommended SunState Auto to me. Henry really makes you feel at ease and taken care of when it comes to car issues. I have finally found my honest mechanic in Orlando. I recommend you do too.
Came in on a few occasions I run my own business that involves having to have a vehicle. He always seems really genuine and gives great advice. Best around I always travel to him no matter where I'm at. One of the best and actually cares.
I will definitely be returning for my auto needs for as long as I live near the Winter Park area. Went in for a front and rear brake overhaul and Henry had it done the same day, even staying over the posted closing time to make sure I was back on the road. Very down-to-earth, knowledgeable, and super helpful with setting up a financing plan. I highly highly recommend coming here if you need any auto servicing.
Henry does an awesome job of keeping my cars running well. I extremely recommend him for vehicle service.
I'm in Ohio and my son is in the Orlando area for school. He was having issues and took his car to a dealership which quoted him over $2k. I did some research and found Sunstate. They had excellent review so I gave them a call. I am so grateful to Henry and his crew. He was honest and explained everything. They fixed my sons car same day for under $600. Thank you!! I warms my heart that there are still good honest car repair shops out there.
We've been going to Henry for almost 10 years now on all our family vehicles. You cannot find a more honest, genuine and quality mechanic. Henry makes auto repair and maintenance both hassle and stress free. Not to mention that no shop comes close to his pricing. Thank you Henry for your continued service and support. Henry got our troublesome 2005 Honda Pilot in shape to drive to and from San Francisco, CA in less than a week - where the majority of the time we were simply waiting for parts to arrive. Look no further - Henry is your man!
Great service, I felt that the staff and services were honest and true. They FaceTime for any suprises that they found and were able to show me what additional items needed service in real time. Great work!
Great experience with Sunstate Auto repair. Honest, fair and unbeatable prices on vehicle maintenance and services. If you ever need any type of services done to your vehicle in highly recommend speaking to Henry, he is the man to go to.
GREAT SERVICE!! Henry is always able to properly diagnose and fix any issues we have at a very reasonable price. This is the only shop I take my car to.
I had such a great experience at Sunstate Auto. These guys are honest and very knowledgeable. Henry and Dino had my car sounding better than it ever has since I bought it! They got my car seen and fixed faster than any of the other local shops. Great prices and great service. I would highly recommend paying them a visit for any of your car needs.