Many people enjoy repairing and maintaining their own vehicles, and we think that’s great! There’s a certain amount of satisfaction to be had from being able to fix something yourself. However, there are a few types of car repairs that should be strictly left to the professionals, whether it’s because it requires specialized tools or specialized skills and knowledge. Attempting an extensive repair on your own can lead to more damage – and a more expensive repair when you come to the shop. We’ve compiled several types of repairs that are best left to the professionals to fix.
Timing Belt Replacements
Many vehicles require a timing belt replacement as part of their major scheduled maintenance at every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. It’s not an inexpensive repair, so many drivers with some automotive know-how may be tempted to attempt the repair themselves – but they shouldn’t. The potential for damage to your engine is huge, and can easily make a repair that should cost several hundred dollars turn into one in the multiple thousands.
Transmission Repair and Maintenance
Automatic transmissions are complex, containing thousands of small components, precise tolerances, and narrow passages for the fluid to travel through. It’s always a good idea to leave your transmission repair and general maintenance like flushes and fluid changes to the pros. Improper cleaning near the connectors or gaskets can lead to repairs down the line especially if impurities (like sand or pieces of dirt) from your garage that make their way into the transmission.
If your engine has started to overheat there’s a lot of risk involved to attempt an engine repair on your own. A professional mechanic can accurately diagnose the reason why your engine is overheating and properly fix it, potentially saving you thousands of dollars.
Drivability Issues and Error Codes
If you’re having issues with the drivability of your car, such as failure to start, stalling, hesitating, or the check engine light has come on, a home mechanic just doesn’t have the diagnostics or training required to figure out what’s causing the problem. Some drivers may be tempted just to start replacing parts in hopes that they’ll find the problem, but this can lead to money wasted and may even create new problems.
Replacing suspension components
Many suspension components look deceptively simple to replace, but most of the components come with special considerations that home mechanics may not be aware of. The amount of force in a compressed coil spring can be dangerous, and parts can easily be put back in the wrong order. Some types of suspension repair require specialty equipment that’s cost-prohibitive for the home mechanic to be able to repair it properly.
We understand that many repairs are tempting for the home mechanic to attempt on their own, but if you have one of these on your hands, attempting it can be more trouble than it’s worth. Save yourself the hassle – and the cost of potential additional damage – by scheduling an appointment with us. We have the tools, the diagnostics, and the knowledge to make sure its reliably and properly repaired. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today at 626-966-5212, and we’ll get you back out on the road in no time.