3 Benefits of Choosing a Mobile Auto Mechanic

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Nobody enjoys scheduling an appointment for an auto repair service, or having to leave the house to get basic maintenance performed. There has to be an easier way, right? There is! Mobile auto mechanic services are a flexible and affordable way to get the service that you need without needing to go to a traditional shop.

Competitive Rates

Some people mistakenly assume that they will pay a premium for the convenience that mobile auto mechanic services offer. However, in most cases, rates are just as competitive, since the owners of a mobile repair service do not need to spend a great deal to rent and maintain a traditional fixed garage. When you hire Mobile Auto Service, you can rest assured that you are getting the best service and the best price every time.

Honest Up-Front Costs 

Since repairs from a mobile auto mechanic service will be completed at your home or your office while you are doing more important things, you will benefit from honest up-front rates before work is performed. Many traditional repair facilities take a long time to determine what the problem is, suggest repairs and then hit you with a surprising bill at the end. Mobile Auto Service knows how important honesty is, so we always give you an idea of what costs you’ll incur up front, so you know what to expect.

Convenience

You’ll never need to worry about driving to the repair shop again if the repair shop is wherever your car is parked! We bring repair and maintenance services to you, so you can have your car serviced as quickly and easily as possible. You don’t need to settle for repair shop waiting room coffee, because we work around your schedule, not the other way around.

You also can get back to work or play when you use a mobile auto mechanic, as any parking lot or driveway will work perfectly fine for making necessary repairs. Instead of sacrificing a workday to have your pre-road-trip maintenance performed, you can have a normal workday while we take care of your car.

Enjoy the Convenience of Mobile Auto Mechanic Services

Mobile Auto Service is there for you anytime you need us. Whether you’re in the middle of a roadside emergency or looking for seasonal maintenance, you should always have our number handy. 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.

Preparing for a Roadside Emergency

Roadside Emergency with Mobile Auto Service

While no driver wants to experience a roadside emergency, preparation is key to making sure that you are prepared when the time inevitably comes. Whether it’s a flat tire late at night or smoke pouring out from the hood of your car on a hot summer day, here is what you need to know to prepare for a roadside emergency.

Create an Emergency Kit

First, you should pack an emergency kit filled with (at minimum) everything listed below:

  • Jumper Cables: These should always be in your car in case your battery dies and you need a jump. Batteries can have trouble in periods of extreme heat or cold, and having jumper cables on you will make it much easier to get a jump.
  • Flashlight: Breakdowns can happen anywhere and at any time of day, so you should always have a flashlight handy.
  • First Aid Kit: While we hope you are never injured during a roadside emergency, having a first aid kit in your car is always a good idea.
  • Everything Needed to Put on Your Spare Tire: This can include a jack, lug wrench and the spare tire itself. You should make sure that your car has all of these inside and that they all work properly.
  • Blanket: If your roadside emergency happens in winter, things can get cold pretty quickly. A blanket can be used to keep you and passengers warm.
  • Reflectors or Flares: One of the biggest hazards of a roadside emergency is being invisible to other cars. Flares and reflectors can help other motorists take notice of you and steer clear of your car (or help you out!).
  • Tools: You never know when you’ll need a wrench or screwdriver on the road. Always carry a basic tool kit in the trunk that can help you out of a sticky spot quickly.
  • Extra Fluids: It’s also a good practice to carry around a little extra of the fluids that your car needs to run properly, like antifreeze, oil and windshield wiper fluid. It’s always better to be prepared than to run out and not be able to find a gas station nearby.
  • Winter Supplies: Especially if you drive in Maryland or the northern half of the United States, you should be prepared for winter in your car. A shovel, hat and mittens and a bag of kitty litter or sand should all be stashed in your trunk. You can also use tire chains during a snowstorm to help with traction.

Know Who to Call During a Roadside Emergency

Mobile Auto Service is there for you anytime you need us. Whether you’re in the middle of a roadside emergency or looking for preventative maintenance, you should always have our number handy. 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 Make Your Brake Pads Last Longer

Brake Pads with Mobile Auto Service

Brake pads work for you every time you are in your car, whether you’re driving to work
in the morning or on a fun summer road trip. These pads create the friction that is
needed to stop your car when it’s in motion. If you’re a driver, you might notice that
your brake pads wear out frequently or wear down unevenly. How can you get the most
from your brakes and avoid needing to replace them often?

What’s Normal Wear?

The wear that happens to your brake pads will depend on numerous factors. The
mileage that you put on your car and the way that you drive are the two biggest factors
affecting wear. A city driver who is used to braking frequently and after short distances
will have much more brake pad wear than drivers who drive on the highway and stop
less often. Heavy braking at higher speeds also wears pads more than braking at lower
speeds. Typically, front brake pads also wear down much faster than rear pads, since the
front has a greater deal of weight to stop as you brake, which leads to more wear.
When determining whether or not you have normal wear, you should first remember
that brake wear is not always predictable. Some pads easily last for 70,000 miles, while
other drivers need to replace them every 25,000 miles.

Extending the Life of Your Brake Pads

First, you should make sure that your pads, rotors and brake fluid do not need to be
changed. Faulty or damaged parts will never work as well as correctly-functioning ones!
Mobile Auto Service can quickly and easily assess the condition of your existing brake
pads.
To avoid needing service on your brakes, you should always:

  • Avoid unnecessary braking with driving
  • Leave plenty of space between your car and the car in front of you so that you
  • can gradually stop without slamming on the brakes
  • Take extra weight out of your vehicle when driving
  • Drive slowly in heavy traffic and avoid braking suddenly
  • Spray off your brakes when you wash your car, as dust can decrease friction

Mobile Auto Service Can Keep Your Brake Pads in Excellent Condition

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.

Why Should You Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection Before Buying a Used Car?

Pre-Purchase Inspection with Mobile Auto Service

You should never purchase a used car without investing in a pre-purchase inspection first. Without one, you might end up investing a great deal into a car that turns out to be a hunk of junk. From car crashes that were never reported to haphazardly completed car repairs, there is plenty to worry about when buying a used car before doing your research.

What Is a Pre-Purchase Inspection?

Pre-purchase inspections are detailed assessments completed by professional mechanics that are designed to figure out the condition of the vehicle cosmetically, mechanically and safety-wise before you complete the purchase. Pre-purchase inspections can uncover potential safety issues, unreported car accidents and possible repairs that will need to be made for the long-term wellbeing of the car.

It’s What the Experts Recommend

While it might not surprise you that Mobile Auto Service recommends a service that we perform, it might surprise you to know that the Federal Trade Commission suggests all consumers have a professional pre-purchase inspection completed. Any reputable dealership, seller or used car showroom should have no problem with you have a pre-purchase inspection performed—unless they’re afraid of what they’re selling.

It’s Thorough

Pre-purchase inspections are comprehensive and include an in-depth look at many different areas of the car, including the exterior, tires, interior, engine, transmission, steering and suspension. Since professionals like the staff at Mobile Auto Service have years of experiencing performing these inspections, they know exactly what to look for. Many warning signs can slip right by an untrained eye, so it’s vital that you choose someone who can spot the subtle signs of an accident or the very beginnings of rust.

It’s Cheaper Than a New Car

Finally, consider that a pre-purchase inspection is much less than the cost of the used car you are considering buying and much less than needing to have repairs performed on the car that you just bought. Once you sign on the dotted line and drive home in a car that’s about to break down, you won’t be able to get your money back. Instead, you’ll be on the hook for the repairs or the replacement you’ll need.

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.

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.