8 Signs Your Car Needs a Professional Mechanic
Henderson Auto in TIGARD OR Is Here To Help
Sometimes it's hard to know when your car just needs a break and when it needs a mechanic. If you notice any of the signs detailed below, it's important to have your vehicle inspected by a professional mechanic as soon as possible. By addressing problems early on, you can help to prevent more serious damage and costly repairs down the road.
1. Car Experiences Stalling
Is your car experiencing stalling issues? This situation isn't ideal and could indicate various problems, such as a malfunctioning fuel pump or ignition issues. These are concerns you'd rather not confront while driving. We do not recommend waiting to see if this issue will correct itself.
If you sense that your car is struggling to accelerate, regardless of how forcefully you press the gas pedal, it's advisable to pull over and request assistance immediately.
2. Trouble Steering
Has your steering wheel suddenly become harder to control? Are your turns less reliable or smooth? This often indicates a significant problem with steering components, such as low power steering fluid or another malfunction. Any issue affecting your ability to control the car requires immediate attention at an auto repair shop.
3. Fluid Leaks
If your vehicle is leaving behind puddles of liquid, it's a sign you should investigate further. Examine the liquid closely. Water is usually not a concern, often originating from air conditioning condensation.
However, liquids like oil, transmission fluid (red or brown), coolant (blue, yellow, green), power steering fluid, or brake fluid (thick but clear) warrant closer inspection. A leak in one of these vital systems is likely the culprit.
Visit Henderson Auto to fix the leak and replace the fluids before it worsens and affects your car's performance.
4. Worn Out Brakes
Brakes naturally wear down over time. If your brakes are losing their effectiveness and emitting strange noises, it's a sign they may need attention. Screeching or squealing sounds usually indicate worn-out brake pads requiring replacement.
Shaking or vibrating brakes can suggest various issues, from worn brake pads to brake fluid problems or alignment issues-problems best addressed by auto repair experts.
5. Alignment Issues
If you've noticed your car's ride has become notably less smooth in just a few months, it might be time for a trip to the auto shop. Don't fret over potentially costly repairs; a shaky or vibrating ride, especially at higher speeds, often stems from wheel or alignment issues.
Even after a proper wheel alignment, wheels can gradually shift, influenced by normal wear and tear or sudden incidents like accidents or unexpected bumps. Realignment is a straightforward procedure best handled by professionals who can swiftly address the issue.
6. Uncommon Engine Noise
Engines should run smoothly. While they may become noisier with age, sudden noises or difficulty in turning the engine should prompt a visit to the auto shop. Keep an ear out for any unexpected grinding, popping, or growling noises when your engine is idling.
7. Diagnostic Lights
This one can be a bit tricky. Modern vehicles come equipped with engine diagnostic or check engine lights, but they don't always signal a genuine problem. Some are programmed to illuminate after a certain mileage for a routine checkup. Occasionally, the car's computer module may malfunction and trigger the lights when nothing's wrong.
However, these lights also serve as valuable indicators that something within your engine might be amiss. Generally, if a diagnostic light accompanies other signs like poor performance or unusual noises, it's a good idea to visit Henderson Auto. If you're simply tired of looking at it, a quick check at the shop can confirm if there's an actual issue.
8. Unpleasant Exhaust
Surprisingly, exhaust issues can help diagnose serious auto problems. If you notice your exhaust suddenly becoming dirty, black, or emits foul odors, some part of the filtering system may be clogged or damaged. It's advisable to have a mechanic investigate, whether it's related to your catalytic converter or another unknown issue.
Stop by Henderson Auto located at 9075 SW BURNHAM ST in TIGARD, OR or call 503-639-1768 to talk to one of our friendly and professional technicians.
My wife & I were out running errands on a Friday. There wasn't a hint of a problem with our car at any time ... until it wouldn't start. The feeling of dread was unavoidable. Friday. Mid-afternoon. Expensive? We had reservations for a stay at the coast Saturday. Now what? After getting a jump, we kept it running, trying to find somewhere to take it. We tried our usual place but told we'd have to leave the car & pick it up in a couple of days because they were short staffed. We stopped by Henderson on a chance they could help. And yes they did. Brian was terrific. He took the time to check the battery and determined I'd need a new one and new terminal connections due to a large amount of corrosion. Brian said his mechanics were busy but he would personally do it, confirmed he had the parts, told the price and said it would be done in 45-60 mins. Well, the result was that it was done, done right, at the agreed upon price within the hour. We were impressed with the work, satisfied with the fair price and blown away with the customer service. Brian has convinced us to make his shop our go to shop.
Al Glasby, 06/23/2023
The team at Henderson Auto went above & beyond & far exceeded our expectations!! The week of 9/6 we left our home in SoCal on a 4 week road trip in NoCal the battery light came on and we limped into a Ford dealership where they diagnosed a bad battery and weak alternator.they replaced the battery & sent us on our way in Beaverton we again went completely dead, called AAA which took us to a nearby Ford dealer where we were told it would be 9/19 before they could look at our F-150. I called another dealer and they sad it would be 9/30 before they could check it friend recommended we try Henderson as did the tow truck driver Henderson said it may be the 13th before they could check the truck took it to Henderson on the 8th, they did a 10 point inspection on the 9th, repaired everything that needed fixed including a new alternator (urgent), headlight, license plate light (non-urgent) and had the truck ready for a touch free pickup on that afternoon!! A gigantic thank you to Brian, Katie & their team for keeping our trip on schedule!!
A.H. (Joe) Giehm, 09/13/2021
I picked up my 4Runner today after an alignment on Monday and a recheck today. I was very pleased to see that it holds straight on the freeway. Thank you for helping me work through this issue. I also wanted to thank you very much for the new caster for which you did not charge. That is ABOVE AND BEYOND service. I will definitely keep you in mind for future work and have already told two people about you.
D Davis, 07/30/2020