Google My Business CircleYelpFacebookTwitter

Call us for all your car needs! 773-625-7360

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

Maintaining your vehicle at home is a satisfying way to keep your motoring costs down. With the right knowledge and products even someone who isn't very mechanically inclined can take care of many of the smaller issues in everyday driving. Sometimes, however, car issues can be too specialized or complex for the average motorist to take care of by themselves and it becomes time to take your car to the pros. Below you'll find three major warning signs that you need to get to a mechanic ASAP, as well as some of the potential causes behind them.



Engine and Drivetrain Problems

Let's start at the beginning. If your car won't even turn over and start up, then the rest of the problems on this list won't come into play. The simplest cause of this issue is a dead battery, which you can remedy with jumper cables, and the instructions that come printed on their packaging. If jumping the car doesn't work, you may have a larger problem with your ignition system. It's advisable to take your car into the shop at this point because finding the root of the problem will likely involve removing a few parts from your engine. Whether it's dead spark plugs or electrical problems, it's better to have it dealt with by a professional. Likewise, engine surging where the revs rise and fall can mean a problem with your fuel injectors, which are fairly deep within your motor. It's unwise to drive around with a surging engine, as this burns more gas and can cause unintended acceleration. Drivetrain issues are another major issue requiring professional attention. Everybody fears the dreaded transmission repairs, so if certain gears won't engage or they shift at the wrong times you should definitely take your car to the qualified mechanics here at Ted's Auto Clinic Inc..



Vibration While Driving

This issue can be caused by damaged drivetrain components, but can also stem from misaligned wheels or unbalanced or flat tires. If you feel any vibration or shuddering as you drive along, you should get to a mechanic as soon as you can. At its worst, this issue can lessen your control over the car, potentially causing accidents. This will also wear out your tires more quickly than if everything was straight and true. Unwanted vibrations put stress on important (and costly) components like suspension and brakes while decreasing gas mileage, so it's smart to take your car in as soon as these issues develop.



Poor Braking Performance

Your brakes are vital to keeping you safe on the road and should definitely be cared for by a professional, unless you're absolutely sure you know what you're doing. Common signs of issues with your car's braking system include squeaking or squealing when the brakes are applied, or the brakes feeling spongy and failing to slow your vehicle properly. Squealing brakes are caused by the brake pads wearing through the pad surface to the metal underneath. At this point the metal behind your brake pad is coming into contact with the brake rotor. This can be disastrous and produce unwanted heat, reduced stopping power, and cause you to have to buy new rotors as well as the relatively cheap pads. Spongey and weak brakes can mean there's a problem with your master cylinder, which converts the mechanical pressure of you pressing the pedal into hydraulic pressure to apply the brakes. In either case, it's best to have your brakes seen to by the professional mechanics here at Ted's Auto Clinic Inc..



There are instances where car maintenance is simple and easy, but if you notice any of these issues developing, it's best to take your car in for a qualified mechanic's checkup so the problems can be remedied before they turn into much more serious issues. Ted's Auto Clinic Inc. has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



ASSOCIATIONS

  • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
  • IATN (International Automotive Technicians' Network)
  • Car Care Aware

Testimonials

  • Ted is the best. He and his family are the nicest and most honest people I know in the auto repair industry. They have serviced my family's vehicles for many years now and have always done excellent work on all accounts, and at fair prices too. They've even taught me a thing or two about cars during my experiences there! I will get my car serviced here as much as possible going forward.
    reviewicon

  • Dropped my car off on Friday and was ready today before noon. Someone tried to pry my drivers side lock out to steal the car. Ted took care of it for half what I though. Fast, efficient, always awesome
    reviewicon

  • Let's be honest, going to a mechanic is like going to the dentist, you hate to go unless you really need to. Unless you are a certified mechanic or know someone you TRUST, it's very hard to get good service or at least a good honest price. I have been here once before for failed emissions, fixed btw. Now that the frigid Chicago weather has arrived, my 04 Altima started having steering "stiffness". I can handle simple jobs like brakes, tune ups, and oil changes. But I don't have all the tools necessary for a "big job". With that said, I researched my cars symptoms and came up with 1) bad steering pump, 2) u joint of lower steering rack 3) rack and pinion (huge $$$$). I emailed George about my issue, asked specific prices, set up an appt and told me how long it would take. The next day it snowed and was (very) late for my appt, but George still took my car in as Walk-in although they had several cars in there already. One of the mechanics (I'm assuming that's Ted) took it for a test drive, brought it in the shop and 15 min later, a diagnosis. U joint lower steering rack. Price tag $275 including the price for diagnosis. From the time I took it in and when it was done 4hrs later,1 hr faster than was expected (diagnosis, ordering the part,and installation).The main thing I really want to point out is, they will not give you outrageous prices, they will not add on parts you do not need, (in my case can't afford), George is a very honest guy with honest prices. Don't try bringing in a part you bought from eBay or any parts store because they will not install it, which is not a big deal because their parts are covered by a 2 yr warranty/24,000 miles. This shop is very friendly and very good customer service. Thanks! Found my new local shop.
    reviewicon

  • This place is AMAZING! My usual mechanic was not answering the phone, so I jumped on Yelp and found this place.George was efficient, kind and personable! He quoted me a fair price for a new ignition switch, but said the rest of the car was in poor shape. His recommendation? Save my money and get rid of the car ASAP! Who does that? This guy is a rockstar!!!
    reviewicon

  • Straightforward and professional!
    reviewicon

  • I've moved out of the neighborhood but still come back to have my car serviced. Ted and his team are a breath of fresh air in a world where "everything car" can get overwhelming. It's a great place for a female to bring a car - they're never condescending, will answer all questions thoroughly and make sure you understand - they'll even show you under the hood! Ted and his guys take great care with their customers' cars - I don't think you can find a better price anywhere for such great work.
    reviewicon

  • Great experience. The staff is friendly. They fixed my car in a timely manner. I'd go back to them again.
    reviewicon

  • There are very few times and places in life you feel as welcome and as free as you will with Ted at his shop!! From the minute I called to the minute I showed up it was nothing but smiles and satisfaction!! I came with a car that broke down on 294 got towed by his buddy didn't have to pay upfront! On top of that he gave me a free thorough Check up and even though eventually the bear ate me and didn't have a chance to rebuild that car. Ted gave me an honest precise and very sound advice not to put an extra penny in that car any more. He even gave me almost a wk to figure out what to do with the car. The guy has no rush!!He didn't even charge me a cent! I live in Indiana but I'm a Ted customer for life you know where I'll be bringing in my new car for oil changes and service yes I'm not crazy and I will commute 2hrs to Teds from Indiana for an oil change!!! Ted is like a big teddy bear & so is the son we talked about everything from Greece to Ethiopia it's just that it would be weird for a guy to go kissing all the guys in there! But I would!!
    reviewicon

  • This was the 3rd time I took a car to this mechanic, and I gotta say that I've never had a better experience anywhere else. They do a very thorough job, and they're honest as well. You don't have to worry that they're gonna rip u off. On my last visit I brought them a used car that I was thinking of buying for a thorough checkup, and they actually saved me from getting ripped off. They found a bunch of things that were wrong with the car including the original mikes being turned back. Then when it came time to pay for the checkup he shook my hand and said, "Don't worry about it. This one's on me." You believe that? What other auto shop is gonna let leave without having to pay for their services? Needless to say, but this is my mechanic for life!
    reviewicon

  • If only everyone were like Ted, there would be world peace. No joke. Aside from the superb work they do, he is absolutely *the most* honest provider of any service that I have ever encountered. I realize there's a lot wrong with my poor little old car, but he is not pushy about the millions of other things that require some attention. He shows you the beat up dead parts and explains everything. His customer service is unbelievably stellar. They're fast, they're good, they don't drain your bank account, they rock. I wish I could clone Ted. I wish everyone were like Ted. If you don't take your car here for service, you yourself may have a few screws loose. As long as I'm with distance of Ted's, I am a 100% guaranteed customer for life.
    reviewicon