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4.8/5

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Peter

41 years of experience
1244 reviews
Peter
41 years of experience
Peter was great. Managed to figure out the correct problem where 4 other garages missed it. He is a great asset to the YM team.
Peter is awesome! He diagnosed my BMW correctly, super quick and we're getting her fixed!!! Thanks so much!!!!!

Nathan

27 years of experience
260 reviews
Nathan
27 years of experience
very nice and communicative
Nathan is (as my husband put it) a book of knowledge about cars. I was hesitant having a different mechanic than the one I have used for all of my other services with YM. Only because my previous mechanic was very good as well. However, I will be requesting Nathan for all my future repairs! He knew exactly what our truck needed and reassured us our last service was done correctly. Prompt, professional and very informative. Thank you Nathan!

Luis

15 years of experience
62 reviews
Luis
15 years of experience
Good service - he was able to determine the cause of the noise on the steering column. He was unable to fix it on the spot since replacing the part required shop tools for precision.

James

10 years of experience
233 reviews
James
10 years of experience

James

29 years of experience
483 reviews
James
29 years of experience
Thorough and professional.

Joel

19 years of experience
744 reviews
Joel
19 years of experience
Have used him before. Fast diagnoses and doesnt try to upsell you. The only reason it doesn't get a 5 this time is because he couldn't fix it same day. Had to schedule for 2 days out and it's the water pump so would have liked it done same day. But i made the appt bc i only want Joel working on my car!

Gregory

29 years of experience
235 reviews
Gregory
29 years of experience
He's absolutely great. Very experienced and knowledgeable. Wouldn't hesitate to call him again.

Tom

40 years of experience
205 reviews
Tom
40 years of experience
Tom did a great job helping me figure out what the problem was with my car - very personable and willing to fix the issue.

Jason

21 years of experience
188 reviews
Jason
21 years of experience
My car had a noise, and after Jason did the work, my car still had a noise. So even though he was punctual, professional, and as informative as he could be I (thought) my issue hadn't been resolved. But when I took the car into the dealership this morning, I didn't hear any noise at all! But I took it in anyway thinking better safe than sorry! Well, the dealership checked it out and called to tell me they didn't hear any noise and couldn't find a problem. So Jason did a great job!

Joshua

25 years of experience
709 reviews
Joshua
25 years of experience
good guy very informative

Car is making a noise Inspection Service

Over time, you come to know your car’s standard sounds from driving it on a regular basis. So, when new noises arise, they can be alarming.

Common reasons for this to happen:

The first step in identifying the cause of a noise involves pinpointing its location. Here are the most common and concerning noises that cars make -- along with conditions that often create them -- according to their location within the car.

Under the Hood:

  • Belts and pulleys: If there is a screeching noise with a repetitive tone, it may indicate the serpentine belt is worn or the engine pulley that drives the belt is freezing up. This belt is responsible for providing power to multiple systems in your car, including the air conditioning compressor, alternator, power steering pump, water pump, and radiator fan. Belt noises are usually quickly identified and typically vary with engine speed.

  • Hoses: There are a host of different hoses beneath your hood, which can develop holes or cracks over time and affect your engine’s performance. If you can hear a hissing noise or see coolant beneath the front of your car, a worn hose is the likely culprit. The mechanic will carefully trace any liquids to the source or listen for the escaping of air until they can identify the source of the problem.

  • Internal engine parts: If you hear a tapping or metallic slap, there may be an issue with the way your engine is rotating parts. Possible causes are low motor oil levels or an issue with timing or engine calibration. If you suspect an internal engine noise, it is wise to have the vehicle inspected by one of our expert technicians as soon as possible.

Under the Car:

  • Brakes and wheels: If a high-pitched squealing is present, the brake pads are likely in need of replacement. A deeper growling or grinding noise usually indicates pads that are past due for replacement, and may require more parts and labor than a standard brake job.

  • Exhaust system: When a clanking noise is present beneath your car, or its normal running noise is significantly louder, there is potentially an issue with your exhaust system. The mechanic will review the individual pieces of the system from the tailpipe to the front and check that all clamps are secure with a bit of space from the chassis to identify the source of the noise.

  • Suspension system: This system is made up of many moving parts, bushings, and joints that can produce irregular clunking noises when any part becomes worn. To verify there is an issue with your suspension system, the mechanic will inspect the entirety of the system, which will usually involve lifting the car.

Outside the Car:

  • Aerodynamic interference: Over time, parts on your exterior can loosen or become caked in debris, ultimately resulting in odd noises that often resemble a low rumble or whir. The sound is often intermittent, increasing with speed and sometimes stopping entirely. Frequent culprits are the heat shield and the dust shield, although just about any part of your car’s body could be the cause.

  • Tires: If there is a humming sound that consistently increases with acceleration and stops when your car is not in motion, your tires may be responsible. A quick check of the condition of tread, as well as the tread depth itself, may reveal the issue in short order.

What to expect:

A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to determine the source and cause of the noise, and will then provide a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.

How important is this service?

It depends on the cause of the noise. Given the number of variables outlined above, costs can vary quite a bit. If the oil is dangerously low, for example, that could lead to significant engine damage if not addressed immediately. By taking care of the issue expeditiously, you may save yourself a bundle down the road before whatever is at the root of the sound worsens. Book a mechanic to perform a thorough inspection as soon as possible.

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