If odd noises are coming from under the hood, strange smells are coming from the exhaust, or your check engine light is on, a trip to a car mechanic for a car repair is in order.
Ken Van Damme’s Automotive has spent the last 20 years serving Portland and providing outstanding service, cementing our reputation on built on honesty and excellence. Our mechanics will be happy to answer any questions you have about your car.
Whether you need a tune-up, transmission services, or engine repair, our mechanics carry out repairs in every area to your satisfaction.
Check for other signs as well, like if your fuel efficiency has decreased, or if there’s a strong odor coming from your exhaust. Some problem areas with the cylinder heads, exhaust manifold,
and the catalytic converter, oxygen sensors.
When the engine makes a rumbling noise, accompanied with a difficulty in starting your car, then it may have to do with the alternator. Other times, lights flickering could mean overcharged alternator.
Sometimes, a check engine light can be due to a faulty sensor. Whatever the case may be, our mechanics go over the diagnostics before coming up with an estimate of for any repairs to your engine.
You can trust our technicians to understand foreign manufacturer recommendations. We’ll assist you with staying up to date about your vehicle’s parts and periodic services.
We check your tread for wear and tear to ensure that your tires have maximum life and functionality. And we go the extra mile by checking your spare’s tread as well.
We also run a pressure check to ensure your tires are getting optimal inflation when traveling along the road. Having evenly pressurized tires ensures efficient gas mileage and even tread.
Tire rotation involves changing out old tires and replacing them with new tires for the best performance and traction. At times, that may mean changing the right for the left, and vice versa. Other times also changing out the back for the front is necessary.
Some of the most common, tell-tale signs of transmission fluid issues would be a “thunk” sound when you accelerate accompanied with sluggish accelaration, as well as grinding noises. Also, if your transmission fluid appears brown or black, you may need to flush your transmission and change the fluid for better performance and efficiency.
Other issues with your radiator arise while you turn the ignition and the heat gauge rises. If the temperature gauge goes into the red while your vehicle is in motion, you may need to take it in for radiator repair right away.
When it comes to new vehicles, usually a dash light will let you know about overheating. Of course, overheating is a serious problem and a sign of engine distress that should not be ignored. After pulling to the side of the road to let your engine cool for fifteen minutes, take your vehicle to our shop for immediate repairs. You do not want to drive on a damaged radiator, or else you will see bigger problems with your car down the road.
Misalignment is often caused by uneven road, especially if you drive a 4-wheel drive off road. About once a year, any passenger vehicle should have corrective alignment.
If you hit a bump hard your should have the alignment checked out soon after.
If a simple patch is all you need, we’ll fix your tire at a low cost and send you on your way. If new tires are what you need, then our tire store offers a vast selection of in-house stock for all variations of driving. Our tire experts know the right tread for your driving habits and hobbies.
Since 1968, we’ve built lasting customer relationships with the best auto maintenance in Portland. Our reputation rests on our accurate diagnostics, honest estimates, and reliable repairs.
Our expertise in mechanics and tires stands on a reputation of excellent customer service and quality control. Come to our Portland shop, and we’ll happily answer any pressing questions you have about your vehicle.
We pride ourselves in taking the time to explain our inspection and honest estimates with you. With no hidden fees or erroneous recommendations, we rely on your approval before commencing on your car.
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