Everything You Need to Know About Replacing Your Tires

Replacing Your Tires with Mobile Auto Service

It’s time to think about replacing your tires, but where should you start? If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s easy to overspend on tires that under-deliver. The wrong tire choice will make your vehicle handle poorly, not stand up to the weather in your area and make for a rough ride. Here is everything you need to know about replacing your tires.

If You Like the Tires You Have

If you currently like the way that your car handles, you should make every effort to purchase the exact same tires you used before. The tires that came with your vehicle were designed to maximize the benefits of your car and minimize any weaknesses. There’s nothing wrong with that! You should try to find tires that are an exact match to what you last used for the best possible results.

It can also be difficult to remember what your car was like when you purchased it. It’s one thing if your tires have poor traction in the rain now, but it’s something totally different if your tires have never had good traction on slick roads. You should also keep in mind that purchasing the exact same tires that came on your car might mean shelling out a bit more. If the tires that originally came on your car are no longer available, you should be able to find numerous styles that are very similar from the original tire manufacturer or a tire store.

If You Want to Reinvent the Wheel

If you aren’t happy with how your car has been handling, it might be time to investigate other tire options. Low-profile tires and large-diameter wheels are very popular, but they don’t make for a comfortable ride. If you want better performance in the winter, you should switch from all-season tires to summer tires in the warmer months and back to winter tires in the winter. You should always do your research when replacing your tires since they are a significant investment in your safety and your car.

Mobile Auto Service Can Take Care of Replacing Your Tires

We offer a range of preventative maintenance services and repairs. Thanks to our depth of experience and dedication to customer satisfaction, we are able to meet the needs of a broad range of customers. Use Mobile Auto Service to fulfill any variety of your auto repair and maintenance needs. To schedule your affordable and honest service today, contact us for a free quote at 443-424-0131.

6 Signs of Brake Problems

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Whenever your car starts sounding, feeling or smelling differently, there might be cause for concern. Sometimes things come from relatively harmless sources (the lunch container you forgot you left in the backseat last week), but other times the problem could be causing major wear and tear on your car. In many cases, waiting leads to higher repair bills and permanent damage. What are the signs of brake problems you shouldn’t ignore?

6 Signs of Brake Problems You Can’t Afford to Ignore

  1. Brake Light: Is your dashboard brake light illuminated yellow or red? That could mean that you need an inspection but could mean there’s a serious problem in the system. Check to make sure the parking brake isn’t on before you panic.
  2. Squealing, Squeaking or Grinding: These noises all often indicate problems with brake pads wearing out. You should always replace brake pads before they completely wear down, or the car might get rotor damage, which isn’t a cheap fix.
  3. Wobbling or Scraping: If you feel shaking or wobbling when you apply the brakes, the rotors might be uneven. Rotors should be smooth and even in thickness. Any inconsistencies could cause a rumbling feeling when you apply the brakes. It’s normal for this to happen over the years, as rust might develop or wheel revolutions cause uneven wear.
  4. Fluid Leak: A soft brake pedal is often caused by a fluid leak from the master cylinder or another part of the brake system. If the fluid is leaking out of the system, there might not be sufficient power to make the brake pads firmly clamp to the rotors and stop the car.
  5. Car Pulling to One Side: If you brake and your car pulls to one side, there is a chance that your brake hose has kicked the bucket or you have a caliper issue. If one caliper applies more pressure than the other, stopping might be unbalanced.
  6. Burning Smell: If you smell a hard, harsh chemical smell after braking hard multiple times (especially on steep inclines), your clutch or brakes are probably overheated. Allow your brakes to cool down before you get back on the road. If you don’t give your brakes a break, the fluid could heat to boiling and cause your brakes to fail.

Mobile Auto Care from Mobile Auto Service

We offer a broad variety of preventative maintenance services and repairs. Thanks to our depth of experience and dedication to customer satisfaction, we are able to meet the needs of a wide range of customers. Use Mobile Auto Service to fulfill any variety of your auto repair and maintenance needs. To schedule your affordable and honest service today, contact us for a free quote at 443-424-0131.

4 Misconceptions About Mobile Auto Mechanics

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At Mobile Auto Service, we encounter a number of myths and misconceptions about mobile auto mechanics on a daily basis. Unfortunately, some of these myths come from untrained people who billed themselves as trained mechanics and did real damage to cars. Others, like in many industries, come from our competition, who would rather you drive to a physical location and sit in a waiting room sipping tepid coffee while your repairs are made. Today we are breaking down some of the most prevalent misconceptions about mobile auto mechanics.

You Can’t Get High-Quality Work

One of the most common myths is that mobile auto mechanics can’t deliver a high level of work because they aren’t working in a traditional auto repair shop. Think of it this way—do you really think air pumping into your tire from a traditional garage will be any different than the air coming from a mobile repair service? No way! The same thing is true for other repairs. We utilize the same high-quality parts and trusted repair methods; we just don’t do so from a physical location.

They Aren’t Trained

 In many cases, mobile auto mechanics actually have more experience than traditional auto repair shop mechanics! Since we are on the road all day working on vehicles of every type, size, make, model and manufacturer, we encounter a wider range of problems and gain expertise in working on more than one type of car. Many garages have a specialty, but mobile auto mechanics are often jacks of all trades.

It Costs Too Much

 When you factor in the cost of towing your car to a traditional repair shop, it’s clear that mobile auto mechanics are a much better deal. Also, consider that when you are waiting for your repair mechanic to show up to where you are (at home, at work or somewhere else), you can do whatever you want! No waiting in a boring waiting room for someone to come back and tell you what is wrong with your car.

Basic Services Only

 The final myth we are busting today is that mobile auto mechanics can only tackle basic maintenance services. This simply isn’t true. “Mobile” doesn’t mean that we can’t handle hard work, it just means that we travel to you to get the work done. Our service list is just as extensive as the list at any other repair shop.

You Can Trust the Mobile Auto Mechanics at Mobile Auto Service

We offer a range of preventative maintenance services and repairs. Thanks to our depth of experience and dedication to customer satisfaction, we are able to meet the needs of a broad range of customers. Use Mobile Auto Service to fulfill any variety of your auto repair and maintenance needs. To schedule your affordable and honest service today, contact us for a free quote at 443-424-0131.

6 Ways to Keep Your Vehicle Looking and Feeling New

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There are few things nicer than a brand new car, that feels, smells and looks new! However, the new car smell will eventually fade, and your stunning paint job can get marred after one afternoon parked under a tree full of birds. How can you keep your vehicle looking and feeling new for longer than a month or two?

Keep Your Vehicle Like New 

  1. Invest in your car’s exterior by paying for a professional detail and coat of wax. A basic detail service can do the trick, but nothing compares to a full, extensive detail. This service will get your vehicle as clean as it can possibly be and protect the finish.
  2. Don’t place smelly things in your car! This sounds silly, but the first time you bring your extra-garlic garlic bread home, things will never be the same. Food, perfume, dirty shoes, cigarettes and pets can all ruin the fresh smell of your car.
  3. Perform regular exterior and interior maintenance with help from Mobile Auto Service. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Investing a small amount of money into upkeep before things get bad ensures that your vehicle will stay in like-new condition for as long as possible.
  4. If you leave your windows open, put extra time into maintaining the interior of your car. Grit, grime and dirt can seriously damage the fabrics, leathers and plastics on the inside of the car. Abrasive particles can collect on the surfaces and cause damage as you move things around and get inside and outside of the vehicle. Wipe dust away regularly to keep it clean.
  5. When cleaning your car, always apply products to a towel first instead of spraying directly on the surface. This lets you control exactly where the cleaning product is going and get a more detailed clean.
  6. Remember that hand washing your vehicle is not always the best way to get the job done. While damage can occur in automatic car washes, an old sponge in your driveway isn’t going to be much better than a professional wash. That being said, if you can get your hands on a microfiber mitt and soap for your paint finish, you will be able to do a great job at home.

Mobile Auto Care from Mobile Auto Service

We offer a range of preventative maintenance services and repairs. Thanks to our depth of experience and dedication to customer satisfaction, we are able to meet the needs of a broad range of customers. Use Mobile Auto Service to fulfill any variety of your auto repair and maintenance needs. To schedule your affordable and honest service today, contact us for a free quote at 443-424-0131.

Preventing Overheating on a Summer Road Trip

Summer is here, which means road trips to the beach, vacations with family and spending time driving in the heat and humidity. Unfortunately, overheating is a serious problem for older cars and cars that are in less-than-ideal condition. There are few things worse than starting or ending your vacation stuck on the side of the road in the heat. Here’s what you need to know to prevent overheating on your summer road trip!

To Prevent Overheating

  • Schedule preventative maintenance before you leave for your road trip. Most cases of overheating have been about to happen for a long time, so there’s a good chance the problem can be caught before you leave your driveway.
  • Never ride your brakes in heavy traffic. It’s tempting to inch along on your brakes to keep moving, but you should resist the temptation to do so.
  • Check to see that your cooling system is properly functioning and filled to the right levels.

If Your Car Overheats

If the temperature gauge in your car keeps rising, you should take action before you do even more damage. The first thing that you should do is kick off the air conditioning and turn on the heat. No, we’re not joking! This will be very uncomfortable for people in the car, but it will help to transfer extra heat from the engine of your car to the interior of the car. This will not be a permanent fix, but it should temporarily help you at least get to an auto repair shop or pull over to the side of the road.

Once you are off the road, you should turn off your engine. If it’s safe to get out of your vehicle, pop the hood. Do not touch the radiator cap yet! There’s a good chance that it’s way too hot to safely touch it. Let the air outside take some of the heat off. Once your engine has cooled down, you can attempt to add water to your radiator and check coolant levels. If you are stranded somewhere that Mobile Auto Service services, we are just a call away all summer long!

Prevent Overheating with Mobile Auto Service

We offer a range of preventative maintenance services and repairs. Thanks to our depth of experience and dedication to customer satisfaction, we are able to meet the needs of a broad range of customers. Use Mobile Auto Service to fulfill any variety of your auto repair and maintenance needs. To schedule your affordable and honest service today, contact us for a free quote at 443-424-0131.

The Most Common Generator Problems

Generators are critical parts of your home or business, particularly during the summer, when storms can knock out your power for hours or days. While generators are designed and installed with the worst-case-scenario in mind, they can still have a variety of issues that cause catastrophic failure when you need them the most. What are the most common generator problems?

No Fuel

The most common reason that generators don’t turn on is a lack of fuel. Whenever you have a generator issue, fuel should be the first thing that you check. In some cases, low fuel might mean you have a fuel leak. In some cases, fuel gauges also have difficulty reading gas levels and could tell you the wrong amount. Depending on the generator that you have, it may or may not shut down automatically if the fuel level is too low.

Block Heater Wear and Tear

The block heater works to heat up coolant and circulate it around the engine. Without a block heater, the oil will thicken and stop working. Over time, every block heater will eventually fail since it runs all day and every day. If your block heater has stopped working, this generator problem will need to be fixed by replacing the failed component.

Low Coolant Levels

If you have a failing block heater, a low coolant temperature can also occur as a result. Without the heater to warm the coolant and distribute it throughout the generator, the coolant will be unable to circulate. Leaks are also common with coolant near the block heater hose. Since block heaters generate so much heat, the hoses can experience wear and tear much faster than you would think. Depending on the generator that you have, it might let you know when the coolant level is too low for the system with an alarm or automatic shut-down.

Dead Battery

Just like your car, if your generator has a dead battery, it will not turn on and function. On average, generator batteries last 3-5 years. If you have preventative maintenance perform, there’s a chance your battery will last longer.

Help Fixing Your Generator Problems with Mobile Auto Service

We offer a range of preventative maintenance services and repairs. Thanks to our wealth of experience and commitment to customer satisfaction, we are able to meet the needs of a broad range of customers. Use Mobile Auto Service to fulfill any variety of your auto repair and maintenance needs. To schedule your affordable and honest service today, contact us for a free quote at 443-424-0131.

Does Preventative Maintenance Save Money in the Long Run?

One of the primary reasons why many people take the time to take a car in for preventative maintenance is to save money in the long term. While it goes without saying that preventative maintenance is an excellent way to catch problems before they snowball and get worse, many car owners are conflicted as to whether or not spending money actually saves money. Here’s what you need to know.

Tire Rotation

Tire rotation is an important and simple part of preventative maintenance. Most car owners should rotate tires every 3,000-6,000 miles, or whenever they hire Mobile Auto Service for an oil or filter change. It only costs a few dollars to rotate your tires, and it works by ensuring that your tires wear evenly. This enables you to get the most use out of your tires possible before replacing them. If you allow your tires to go un-rotated, they will wear unevenly, not give you enough traction during the winter and need to be replaced sooner. By not balancing your tires, you might also void the warranty on the tire. This will cost you much more in the long run than the few dollars balancing does.

Brake Pads

Another major example of the importance of preventative maintenance is brake pads. Brake pads should be swapped out when there is approximately 1/8” left behind. The average cost of changing brake pads is $250. If you choose not to have the brake pads replaced, you will be headed towards a brake job and a great deal of danger. Bad brakes mean that you might not be able to stop your vehicle when you need to. Brake pads that are very worn down can leave permanent marks and grooves in brake rotors. Once this occurs, the rotors need to be replaced or turned. The cost of a brake job is at least twice the cost of replacing the pads, and that’s not counting the potential cost you could face if you are in an accident.

Experience the Convenience of Mobile Auto Repair Services with Mobile Auto Service

We offer a range of preventative maintenance services and repairs. Thanks to our wealth of experience and commitment to customer satisfaction, we are able to meet the needs of a broad range of customers. Use Mobile Auto Service to fulfill any variety of your auto repair and maintenance needs. To schedule your affordable and honest service today, contact us for a free quote at 443-424-0131.

What You Need to Know About MD DOT Inspections

DOT inspections are part of life for some truckers in Maryland, but thanks to a new law, many vehicle owners are finding that they are now subject to these inspections. Any vehicle with a combined weight over 10,000 lbs. needs to complete a DOT inspection. This means that any truck with a trailer or boat behind it weighing over 10,000 lbs. is now subject to the same laws that trucks have been subject to for some time. What do you need to know?

Noncommercial Class A and B Licenses and Commercial Driver’s Licenses

 You’ll need a noncommercial class A or B license if you drive a truck and trailer that have a gross vehicular weight rating (GVWR) over 26,001 lbs or you regularly tow a trailer with a GVWR of over 10,001 lbs, unless you’re getting compensated to haul, in which case you’ll need a commercial driver’s license or CDL.

Most drivers in the state of Maryland have a noncommercial class C driver’s license, meaning that they are authorized to operate any vehicle combination with a GVWR of under 26,000 lbs and to tow trailers under 10,000 lbs.

DOT Inspections

 Along with your commercial license comes inspections. If you are operating a vehicle meeting the specifications above, you will need to stop at weigh stations when traveling on the highway. You will also need to be registered with the US Department of Transportation even if you never come close to meeting those weight parameters but have a truck and trailer with a GVWR over 26,000. As part of maintaining your vehicle and registration, you will need to have DOT inspections performed.

Mobile Auto Service Can Perform MD DOT Inspections

Many of our customers are surprised to learn that Mobile Auto Service can also perform DOT inspections! If you find yourself needing one, there’s no need to drive to an inspection station and waste your time waiting in line. Instead, Mobile Auto Service will come to you.  Thanks to our wealth of experience and commitment to customer satisfaction, we are able to meet the needs of a broad range of customers. Use Mobile Auto Service to fulfill any variety of your auto repair and maintenance needs. To schedule your affordable and honest service today, contact us for a free quote at 443-424-0131.

Why Should You Hire a Professional for Basic Car Repairs?

When dealing with basic car repairs that seem straightforward and simple, it’s tempting to want to do them yourself. After all, why should you fork out hundreds for labor when you could be the one completing it? However, even basic repairs can lead to not-so-basic damage if you don’t hire a professional. Why should you always hire a professional for basic car repairs?

Experience

Not to be rude, but the YouTube tutorial you looked up and plan to follow is no substitute for decades of experience on the job. Professionals know how to complete basic car repairs without needing to look up what they’re doing. They also can work much faster than the average person thanks to their experience and expertise.

Find Other Problems

Chances are, you won’t be able to recognize if something else is wrong under the hood, since you aren’t totally sure what you’re looking at in the first place. Professional auto mechanics can spot potential problems when performing unrelated services, making them a great resource for preventative maintenance. Would you rather find out you also have two nails in your tire and low windshield wiper fluid when you’re driving home late at night?

Equipment

Professional auto mechanics have tools and equipment specifically designed to complete a wide range of basic car repairs and specialized services. This equipment is not cheap to purchase on your own. Unfortunately, that means that many people who choose to do things themselves end up using equipment that is not meant for the job. The more severe the damage to your car is, the greater the likelihood that it is vital to the repair process.

Save Money

Did you know that for most basic car repairs it is less expensive to have them performed by a professional than purchase the parts and spend the time on your own? This is especially true when you factor in potential damage done to the vehicle during the amateur repair process. If you want things done right the first time, rely on a professional from Mobile Auto Service.

Experience the Convenience of Mobile Auto Repair Services with Mobile Auto Service

We offer a range of preventative maintenance services and repairs. Thanks to our wealth of experience and commitment to customer satisfaction, we are able to meet the needs of a broad range of customers. Use Mobile Auto Service to fulfill any variety of your auto repair and maintenance needs. To schedule your affordable and honest service today, contact us for a free quote at 443-424-0131.

How to Keep Your Engine Working Properly

If you drive a vehicle, you probably know that the engine is one of the single most important parts. Unfortunately, many car owners know that but don’t do much of anything to keep their engines in great condition. Until the engine starts making noise or not performing as it should, they completely forget to keep up with proper maintenance. How can you keep your engine working properly throughout the life of your car?

Ways You Can Protect Your Engine 

  1. Change the oil regularly. Oil is essential to keep everything lubricated and prevent overheating. Your engine will not be able to work at all without oil. In general, manufacturers and auto repair shops recommend changing it every 5,000 miles. While some cars can go longer, that is a safe rule of thumb.
  2. Whenever the oil is changed, the oil filter should be replaced at the same time. The oil filter is responsible for catching debris and dirt on the inside and stops those gunky particles from entering the engine again.
  3. The cooling system is also an integral part of your car’s performance. The entire cooling system includes your car’s radiator, thermostat, water pump and coolant. You should always have the right amount of coolant in your car.
  4. When was the last time you checked your air filter? Over time, these get clogged with leaves, dirt and any other manner of outdoor debris. Depending on where you’re driving and how often you’re driving, air filters could last for a long time or just a few months. Pay attention to the condition of the filter and change it whenever it gets dirty.
  5. Look for leaks underneath your car. Over time, oil and antifreeze could leak out from your car through small cracks in the hoses.
  6. Fill up your gas tank before the light comes on. After years of driving around, the sediment from gas can sit at the bottom of the tank. While fuel filters will catch some of this, when you let your gas run low, your car will be using the gas at the bottom of the barrel, which is less than ideal.

Experience the Convenience of Mobile Auto Repair Services with Mobile Auto Service

We offer a full range of preventative maintenance services and repairs. Thanks to our wealth of experience and commitment to customer satisfaction, we are able to meet the needs of a broad range of customers. Use Mobile Auto Service to fulfill any variety of your auto repair and maintenance needs. To schedule your affordable and honest service today, contact us for a free quote at 443-424-0131.