Ask The Mechanic

Ask a CK Automotive Support Mechanic Your Questions


With so many problems of today, CK Automotive Support Ask The Mechanic page would like to help clarify some of the frequently asked questions you (or someone you know) may have. Ask the Mechanic we hope, will keep you from being taken for a ride.

Unless you're a mechanic or have a mechanic on standby, you probably have questions. From Repairs, Labor, Parts or even the jargon, you want simple answers instead of mechanic speak. This page will try to answer some of the questions you may have, from readers like yourself. CK Automotive Support is dedicated to giving you straight answers without the confusion. Check out our Q & A, if you have questions or comments of your own send us an email so we may better serve you.

The following questions are from actual people who want to know what, why when where concerning their vehicles.

11. Q: My 2010 Dodge 300c, had a top radiator hose break while I was in traffic. I pulled over as soon as I could but the temp guage almost went to the red line. I repaired the hose and now my car won’t start, I flushed the Radiator and changed the thermostat and the other hose. What can it be?
A: You may want to sit down. The Dodge and Chrysler models of various years have a problem. The problem is the engines are made of aluminum as well most of the parts. This means heat does more damage than most. It’s a possibility you’ve damaged your engine severely, this has been a common trait with this manufacturer. Before you spend another dollar on why it overheated, but what has the overheating done.
22. Q: My 2008 Chevy Camaro needed front brakes, so I went to the parts store and purchased front pads. The repair shop swapped the pads and charged me $85.00 for labor. Everything was fine for 3 months then the brakes started to squeel badly. The shop tells me it would be another $85.00 to replace the brakes with new ones. Why should I have to pay twice for the same job that wasn’t done correctly?
A: Whenever you buy your own parts you assume the warranty from the store that sold them to you. Many customers tend to buy their own parts, attempting to save a few dollars. However, this strategy can backfire as in this case. The repair shop would have to charge twice the labor allowing you to recoup your monies back from the parts store. Answering the last question, if the labor was inferior it would have been apparent before you left the shop.
33. Q: My 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe keeps cutting off for no reason, While driving 30-40 mph it just stops. By the time the Tow Service gets there, it starts up. My mechanic said I need a new engine, but it cost so much $3,700. Should I just sell the car or get it fixed?
A: No and Yes, The most likely problem is the CAM and or Crank Shaft Sensor. These sensors assist in regulating fuel flow, they often malfunction and the vehicle stops for no reason 20 or 30 minutes later she starts.
44. Q: I have a 2009 Toyota Camry, I have 130k miles I thought I felt my Transmission slip, so I decided to have it flushed and serviced. 3 Days later I started then shifted into gear, but nothing happened. My mechanic said it’s not his fault, is that the truth?
A: Only if he warned you, this can happen. All the gunk and muck inside your transmission may be holding it together. By flushing instead of a Drain and Fill this is a possibility. This is widely known among transmission mechanics, or at least it should be.
55. Q: I have a 1998 Honda Accord, I overheated and blew my head gasket. My mechanic is charging me $1,600 to rebuild the engine, I paid $1,200 so far but he says he’s waiting for a part for the last 6 weeks. How long is to long?
A: The average time for the average engine or Transmission replacement/repair is usually 4-7 days. One – two days to either break down or remove the engine. One – Two days in the machine shop for head resurfacing. One -Two days installing or putting everything back together. This may vary due to weekends, weather, season etc… However 1 1/2 months is completely unacceptable, this often means no one is actually working on your car, truck SUV.
66. Q: I finally bought my dream car a 2011 Land Rover Discovery, now I’m discovering this is not an inexpensive vehicle. Everything is so ridiculously high, my windshield cost me $800 dollars then my transmission is starting to slip. The dealer quoted $6,000 for the repair, can I use cheaper parts from a junkyard or something?
A: Unfortunately this would not be the best idea, windshield/window, mirrors, bumper yes. When it comes to the engine and it’s working parts, some foreign vehicles can be tricky. Rolls Royce, Audi, Saab, Range Land Rover, Porsche etc.. Very few shops have the technological capacity to repair these vehicles, combined with junkyard parts this may be a recipe for financial hardship.
77. Q: I have an old 1984 sr5 siting in my yard, I want to sell it but no one wants to pay more than $300.00 I know it’s worth more than that, even the junk man said $400.00. I’d like to sell for $1,000.00 any suggestions to get it sold?
A: If you can’t find a buyer you can always turn it into the State for recycling. Some States California being one you can retire the vehicle for $1,500.00 as long as the vehicle can move a minimum of 10 feet on its own power.
88. Q: My 2001 Pontiac Grand AM had an engine leak then the engine seized, the odometer said 195k miles. My mechanic said I have to buy a new engine, but it would be much more economically safe for me to rebuild it and make it new. True or False?
A: Yes it would be less expensive to rebuild. Or would it? There’s are plenty of problems you may incur trying to rebuild the original engine, the problem lies in how bad did the engine overheat? Are the aluminum heads warped or cracked? With that many miles, it may be more economically beneficial to, out with the old and in with the new.
99. Q: I have a 2012 Cadillac SRX, has been making a raddle sound. My brother said it sounds like the timing chain is becomming slacked. My mechanic said I need a new engine. W.T.H it’s just a timing chain.
A: Cadillac has 3 timing chains, but the most likely problem is not the chains but the engine compression is starting to slip. The compression actuates the tensioners that keep the chains tight. Same principle with riding a bike and keeping tension on the chain. You could spend a lot of money trying to repair this issue or just replace the engine. Maybe premature but not an outrageous request.
1010. Q: I had a Mobile Mechanic come to my home for a brake job and a tune up, he botched both jobs. How do I know CK Automotive is better than others out there?
A: Currently there are a lot of “Mechanics” who have a truck, tools and some knowledge of cars, trucks and or SUVs. Some are good some not so great, with CK Automotive Support you get the best because we are the best. Our professional, knowledgeable, courteous staff are all had picked to ensure you get the best service. We are more than a Mobile Repair service we are your Automotive Concierge. We Work, For You! You are our, Most Important Customer!

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