How to Drive in Extreme Road Conditions

Extreme Road Conditions with Remote Mechanic

Extreme road conditions are everywhere in the winter season, from snowy winter mornings to heavy holiday traffic clogging the highways. Preparing for extreme road conditions is essential to making it through the holidays safely, so now is the time to refresh your memory on what to do when you’re in a sticky situation.

Rain

  • Slow down! Wet roads slow your car’s reaction time, so you should always follow the speed limit when driving in the rain.
  • Turn on your headlights. Maryland requires all drivers using their windshield wipers to use their headlights when driving, so increase your visibility and the ability of other drivers to see your car by turning them on.
  • Keep more space between your car and the car in front of you.
  • Avoid heavy braking when it’s raining. Try to first slow your car by taking your foot off the gas earlier than you typically would.

Snow

  • Accelerate and decelerate your car slowly to avoid skidding and keep as much traction as possible. Always allow more time to stop at traffic lights and stop signs.
  • The recommended following distance of 3-4 seconds for driving on a dry road increases to 8-10 seconds in snowy conditions, so allow plenty of space between your car and others around you.
  • Don’t try to power your way up hilly roads. Putting your pedal to the metal on snowy roads will get your wheels spinning and leave you stuck.

Ice

  • High speeds on icy roads mean trouble stopping and a high chance your car will spin out of control. Never drive over 45 mph in any car when roads are icy. Black ice can surprise you in an instant.
  • If possible, avoid driving on icy roads entirely.
  • If you are fishtailing or sliding in your car, turn into the slide. Turn your car wheels in the direction that the back of your car is sliding. Be careful not to overcorrect.

Heavy Holiday Traffic 

  • Remove distractions from your car as much as possible. Even if it’s boring to stare at headlights, playing on your phone is a good way to rear-end someone.
  • Practice defensive driving, including looking out for cars with drivers who aren’t paying attention, signaling before turning or merging, putting space between you and other vehicles and always following the flow of traffic.

Keep Your Car in Great Condition Despite Extreme Road Conditions

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.

Our 9 Best Tips for Winter Driving

Tips for Driving in Winter with Remote Mechanic

Will you be hitting the road this winter? Now is the time to brush up on the best driving techniques for making it through the cold and snow.

Our Best Winter Driving Tips

  1. Never drive in the winter when you are feeling tired and fatigued, especially if there is precipitation coming down.
  2. Don’t warm up your car in an enclosed space, like a garage, and check the tailpipe to make sure it is clear from snow.
  3. Always keep your gas tank at least 50% full to prevent your fuel lines from freezing.
  4. If you’re headed on a long-distance trip, check weather reports on your drive. If there will be severe weather on the way, try to plan your route to avoid it, or plan on stopping at a hotel for the night on the way.
  5. Have your car inspected before you head on a road trip to make sure that everything is in good working order. Mobile Auto Service can visit you at home or at work to give your car a preventative maintenance check-up and make sure you’ll be safe on the road.
  6. If you do get stranded in the snow, you should stay inside your car. It will give you some shelter and make it easier for anyone stopping to help or Mobile Auto Service to find your car. You should also make sure that you keep an emergency kit in the trunk or back seat of your car in case this happens. It should contain blankets, gloves, hats, scarves, non-perishable food, water and any medication that you need.

Our Best Snow Driving Tips

  1. Always accelerate and decelerate slowly. Never try to speed or rapidly move in the snow, because it takes much longer to slow down on icy and snow-filled roads.
  2. Know how your car’s brakes work. If you have antilock brakes, you should be braking differently than if you do not. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor when braking and apply steady, firm pressure. If your antilock brakes kick on, continue driving and do not pump the pedal.

If you are heading up a hill, don’t try to power up it or your wheels will spin. Use inertia to carry your car to the top. Once you get to the top of a hill, slow your speed and go down the other side as slowly as you can.

Call Us if You’re Stranded this Winter

Mobile Auto Service is there for you anytime you need us. Whether you’re in the middle of a roadside emergency, dealing with a car that won’t start or looking for regular 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.

What You Should Do When Your Car Won’t Start

Your Car Won’t Start, Call Remote Mechanic

Cold weather is here, which means that countless drivers are heading downstairs in the morning only to sit in a car that won’t start! If your car won’t start this winter, here is what you need to do to get yourself back on the road as quickly as possible.

If You Turn the Key, But Nothing Happens

If you turn the key and the engine won’t crank at all, you might hear either total silence or a persistent clicking sound. These are signs that your battery might be dead. First, you should try to turn on the headlights of your car. If the lights are dim, your battery connections might be weak, or the battery might be totally dead. Try tightening and cleaning the battery connections and see if that does the trick. If not, give your car a jump and call Mobile Auto Service for a new battery.

If Your Car Cranks, But Won’t Start

If the starter is turning, but your car won’t start, the issue could be any one of a number of things. A frozen fuel line is very common in the cold winter months. If you keep your fuel tank less than half full and water is in the fuel line, the water will freeze and stop your car from starting. If you have been driving lately in wet weather or a lot of snow, wet engine components or spark plugs can also prevent your vehicle from starting. You shouldn’t try to fix these problems on your own. Instead, you should give a call to Mobile Auto Service. We can quickly diagnose the exact problem and make the necessary repairs to get you on the road again.

If You Hear a Soft Click

If you hear a quiet click, cycling the key around might help to get your car started. Turn your car key from the off position to the start position about 10 times. Give your car a few minutes of a break, and then start the engine again. Try this cycling technique a couple of times in a row to see if your car starts.

Call Us When Your Car Won’t Start!

Mobile Auto Service is there for you anytime you need us. Whether you’re in the middle of a roadside emergency, dealing with a car that won’t start or looking for regular 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.

4 Signs You’re Working with an Honest Mechanic

Honest Mechanic with Mobile Auto Service

Your car is broken, and you’re in a new town. What do you do? One of the biggest concerns many car owners have in that situation is finding an honest mechanic. Nobody wants to spend more than they need to, or take their car in only to find out that the problem wasn’t even fixed. What are the signs that you’re working with an honest mechanic?

They’re Willing to Explain

It isn’t always easy to do this before repairs are made, but when a mechanic calls and suggests repairs, they should be willing to explain exactly what needs to be done. It’s easy for skilled mechanics to explain using more technical terms than necessary, but if your mechanic cannot or is unwilling to break things down into easier terms, it’s a sign that they might be under-trained, inept or unprepared to work on your car.

They’re Honest

It sounds silly, but an honest mechanic should be honest. That means that, if they might not be the most qualified to make a repair or suggest a solution, they’ll admit it. Think of finding the right mechanic like finding the right dentist. A general dentist is great at preventative maintenance and minor repairs, like fillings. However, if you need a dental implant or root canal, you would go to a specialist. The same is true for mechanics.

They Have the Right Tools of the Job

Every mechanic isn’t good at working on every type of vehicle, and the more manufacturer-specific tools that a mechanic has on hand, the more likely they are to be able to work on your car with a high skill level. You should also look for additional “tools” of the trade, including ASE certifications, other training certifications, and iATN and ASA memberships.

They Won’t Recommend Pointless Things

If the first recommendations out of the mouth of your new mechanic are that you should get a coolant flush and power steering flush, you should be cautious. Repairs that aren’t necessary are sometimes ways for less skilled repair shops to make a quick buck. If you aren’t sure if what was suggested is actually required, check your records and see the last time the service was performed.

Look No Further for an Honest Mechanic

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.

3 Benefits of Choosing a Mobile Auto Mechanic

Mobile Auto Mechanic Benefits with Remote Mechanic

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

Brake Problems Mobile Auto Mechanic

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.