Not without seeing it or hearing it. Dr. Laura had a phone call a few days ago and the guy calls up and he says hey my kid has a noise in their car uh any idea what it could be?
Questions to ask:
• What kind of noise is it?
• Where is the noise, is it in the car, is it in the engine compartment, is it coming from the trunk?
As good as a certified mechanic can be until the car or truck is brought in there is no accurate way to tell you what the true problem or repair will be.
As good as we are, as much as we have learned over the years of working here at The Auto Shop it is still exceedingly difficult to diagnose what is going on with the vehicle over the phone. The best thing really is to bring it in now even if someone has told you oh it must be the alternator.
Example: Customer called in stating a “friend” told him he needed a new alternator. Well, that is not what he needed. All the customer needed was the cleaning kit for the cables to the battery. Not a new alternator.
If you do the regular maintenance you’re pretty much guaranteed that it’s going to be pretty simple the next time you bring it in. Most of the time 95% of the time when people call us to ask us for a price how much is it to fix this on my car, 95% of the time when the car actually gets here, they do not need that at all.
Whether you chose our Auto Shop for repairs or someone else you trust. Please do not take “friends” advice on the repairs. It is worth the time and effort to take it in to get a true and accurate diagnosis.
Just bring your car in and say listen this is what is going on if you need to have them go for a ride with you so you can actually show them the noise. Can you hear the noise? We have actually fixed the wrong noise before by not having the customer take us for a ride.
You may want a second opinion, just like when you go to a doctor, a dentist, or even a chiropractor. It will not cost you a whole lot and it probably will save you a lot of money in the long run.