Work-from-home has become the new norm, and most of us are thoughtfully planning our trips out of the house these days. When we venture out, we’re masking up, social distancing, and frequenting curbside pickups. Let’s face it, safety and convenience are priorities during the pandemic and might be changing how we handle daily errands and routines.
Most of us are likely driving less, too. Some car owners may be servicing their cars less than they should. When was your last oil change? Or tire rotation? If you have no clue, it’s probably been too long.
Neglecting your car can lead to more issues down the road. For many people, scheduling a service appointment might be time-consuming, or they may be avoiding a trip to a mechanic because of safety concerns. Using a mobile mechanic can be a viable solution for those struggling with time constraints or safety concerns. There is one solution to this problem: a mobile mechanic.
Mobile mechanics travel to your home or workplace to provide the same car repairs and maintenance services performed at local repair shops. Hiring a mobile mechanic is the most efficient and convenient way to get your car repaired or serviced.
Mobile mechanics can perform a wide range of services on-site at your home or office. Some of the most common services performed by mobile mechanics include:
Replace Spark Plugs
Spark plugs are small in size, but they play a big role in your vehicle’s ignition system. Spark plugs are responsible for creating a spark that is powerful enough to ignite the gasoline in your engine’s combustion chamber. If your spark plugs aren’t working correctly, your engine cannot function properly.
It’s normal for your spark plugs to wear out over time. When this happens, they need to be replaced as soon as possible to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Some of the signs that indicate it’s time to replace your spark plugs are:
- Misfiring engine
- Slow acceleration
- Rough idling
- High fuel consumption
- Rattling or knocking sound coming from the engine
You should also check your owner’s manual to find out how often the manufacturer recommends replacing your spark plugs. Most manufacturers will recommend replacing your spark plugs every 30,000 miles.
Don’t worry about trying to fit an appointment into your busy schedule. You might have to wait several days to get into a local shop. Instead, call a mobile mechanic to check out those spark plugs and replace them, if necessary. A mobile mechanic will provide you with a cost estimate and complete the repair at your convenience.
Replace Front/Rear Brake Pads
Bad brake pads should never be ignored, which is why it’s important to learn how to spot the signs of worn-out brake pads.
Do you hear a grinding, scraping, or squealing sound when you press down on the brake? If so, this could mean it’s time to replace your brake pads. This sound indicates that the brake pad has completely worn down to the point where its metal backing plate is making contact with the brake rotor. If you don’t get your brake pads replaced as soon as possible, this could lead to rotor damage.
Some newer car models are also designed with a brake pad wear indicator light, which will turn on whenever the brake pads need to be replaced.
Brake pads can last anywhere from 20,000 to 70,000 miles. The lifespan of your brake pads will depend on a number of factors, including your driving habits, the type of brake pads, and the manufacturer’s recommendations. Most car owners replace their brake pads after about 40,000 miles. However, your owner’s manual may recommend that you have your brake pads inspected at every oil change just to be safe.
Costs for replacing rear and/or front brake pads may vary depending on the car’s make and model. A mobile mechanic can provide an estimate and can complete the repair on-site, too.
Replace a Fuel Pump
Simply put, your car’s fuel pump is responsible for moving gasoline to the engine. A bad fuel pump can cause quite a few issues with your car. For example, you might notice that your engine sputters or that your car suddenly accelerates even though you aren’t pressing down on the gas pedal. Bad gas mileage and an engine that burns too hot are other signs that your car’s fuel pump might be failing.
Unfortunately, if you only notice poor gas mileage or an overly hot engine, you may not realize that it’s a problem with your fuel pump since these symptoms could be caused by other mechanical problems. Schedule an appointment with a mobile mechanic to accurately diagnose the issue.
Replace a Battery
A car battery provides a burst of electrical energy to the vehicle’s starter motor, which then starts the engine. If your battery dies, the engine may crank when you turn the key, but it will not start.
Your battery may be dead as a result of a mistake such as leaving a light on inside your vehicle overnight. In this case, a jump start could be the solution. If no one is around to provide a jump, contact a mobile mechanic for assistance.
Sometimes, a jump start is not enough to address this issue. If your battery is old or unable to hold a charge, it may need to be replaced.
Replacing a car battery is an easy—and fairly quick—repair. A mobile mechanic can diagnose the bad battery, replace it at your convenience, and get you back on the road in no time.
Replace an Alternator
Many car owners assume that it’s an issue with their battery if their car doesn’t start, but that’s not always the case. If a jump successfully starts your engine but it dies shortly after, this indicates that it’s a problem with the alternator, not the battery.
Here are some useful tips on how to spot the difference between a dying or dead battery and a failing alternator. Issues with the car’s lights are often a telltale sign of a failing alternator. Car owners may notice that the lights are brighter when the car accelerates, but fade when the car stops. A dimly lit dashboard may also denote a failing alternator, and in some cases, you might even hear a weird grumble when starting the car.
A mobile mechanic can inspect your vehicle to determine if you are experiencing a problem with your alternator or battery. If it’s the former, a mobile mechanic can replace your alternator, which is a fairly common and easy repair. Prices for this service may vary, and a mobile mechanic can provide an estimate and replace your alternator on-site.
Change the Oil
Most manufacturers used to recommend oil changes every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. However, that has changed with modern developments when it comes to engines and engine oil. Nowadays, most modern vehicles tend to require oil changes every 5,000-7,000 miles, if not more, depending on the type of oil used. As always, it’s best to check your owner’s manual for the recommended interval for your vehicle.
Many car owners rely on their car’s internal diagnosis lights to alert them when it’s time for an oil change, but you can also refer to the sticker on your windshield. Every time you get an oil change, a mechanic should place a sticker on the left-hand side of the windshield or on the doorjamb denoting the recommended mileage for the next oil change.
As a car ages, the oil might need to be changed more frequently. Old oil can lead to other mechanical issues, and a low oil supply can cause the engine to seize which could require an entire engine replacement.
Replace the Timing Belt
The timing belt keeps the crankshaft and the camshaft in sync with each other. This helps the combustion sequence happen at the exact time to keep the engine running.
What are the symptoms and signs of a failing timing belt?
- Engine noises
- Poor engine performance
- Worsening fuel mileage
- Engine stops running
- Check engine light appears
Like other mechanical issues, delaying a timing belt repair could result in more expensive repairs down the line. The good news is, a timing belt repair or replacement is something that can be done directly in your driveway by a skilled technician.
Diagnosis of the Check Engine Light
The check engine light can turn on for a number of different reasons, so there’s no way of knowing how serious the issue is until your vehicle has been inspected by a mechanic.
If your check engine light turns on, get it checked out immediately. Your vehicle will illuminate this light whenever it detects a problem with the engine, transmission, or other related components. Every time your vehicle turns this light on, it will also store a diagnostic code in its control module that identifies the source of the problem.
A mechanic can use a code reader device to extract this code from your car’s “computer” and diagnose the problem. Most issues can be handled directly in your driveway.
Sometimes just knowing why the check engine light has come on can ease a lot of stress.
Replace the Starter Motor
The starter motor is another car component that plays a role in starting your engine. Failing batteries, alternators, and starter motors can all exhibit similar symptoms, but there is one key difference. If you hear a continuous clicking sound when you turn the key, but the engine does not start, this could indicate that it’s an issue with your starter motor, not your battery or alternator.
A mobile mechanic can look under your hood and perform diagnostic tests to get to the bottom of the issue. If the underlying cause of the problem is a bad starter motor, a mobile mechanic can replace this component on-site. If the repair can’t be completed on-site, they can bring your vehicle off-site to repair at a partner shop and back to you when the repair is completed.
What Can’t a Mobile Mechanic Fix?
The issues listed above are some of the many repairs and maintenance services that our mobile mechanics can perform. Our mobile mechanics can perform about 90% of all car repairs and maintenance services on-site at your home or workplace. However, some repairs require the use of a lift or other types of equipment. These repairs cannot be completed on-site, but we can make other arrangements on your behalf. We’ll bring your vehicle to our nearest partner shop and bring it back to you when the job is complete.
Best Mobile Mechanic Near Me
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We know that car problems can be stressful. It’s important to us that you feel comfortable throughout the entire repair process, so we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.