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Basic Car Mechanic services

By Jesse Subscribe to RSS | April 20th 2012 | Views:
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All of us need to use a mechanic from time to time (well, all of us who drive that is), and anyone who has a car will know that sadly it can go wrong from time to time. Even if your car doesn't have any problems though, it's still important to know a good mechanic so that you can get a good price for your MOT and your general servicing to ensure that your car is road legal at all times and to ensure that you are able to drive safely.

There are many things that can go wrong with a car, and while some of these are things you can fix yourself relatively easily, others will require the help of a car mechanic. We couldn't go through all of the potential car problems here without making this article significantly longer, but what we can do is to look at a few of the common car troubles that we all experience and whether you need a car mechanic to fix them.

Battery Problems

Our car battery normally seems to be limitless in its supply of energy. The reason for this is that it is charged by the very movement of the car when we drive through the use of the alternator. This ensures that it is constantly being refilled and we constantly have enough energy to keep driving and to keep operating our lights, windshield wipers etc.

However sometimes this stops working, and in that case it could be one of several things. On the one hand it might just be that you accidentally left the car on too long without having the engine running. In that case you will have drained the battery and you should be able to give it a jump start with some jump leads. Simply connect them to your battery, and the battery of another car, then start that other engine in order to give your battery a sudden 'kick' that will bring your vehicle to life.

Another option however is that your battery is dead, or that your alternator is broken. In either case you are going to need to have a part replaced by a mechanic service, so it's time to take it in.

Suspension

If your suspension has packed in then this is something that you need to repair. You'll notice this when the car starts to vibrate more when you drive over rough surfaces, and it may even hurt when it suddenly judders. This is a job for the mechanic so make sure that you get it repaired by one.

Breaks

Your breaks are very important for your safety, but various things can go wrong with them. One of the most common problems is that your break pads simply wear away due to the constant friction against them. This then causes a squeaking noise when you slow down, and it means you will need to have those break shoes replaced by the mechanic. Many other things can also go wrong here – for instance it might just be that a stone is wedged between the break disk and the shoes – in which case you may be able to remove it yourself.

Jesse - About Author:
Everybody like to stick with the same motor mechanic. It is hard to tell a good one without a referral. I have been with the same fairfield mechanic for years.

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