What does this mean?
There’s likely a problem with the engine. Generally, we can be more precise, however this is one of the few circumstances that requires a mechanic to inspect the car to precisely diagnose the problem. It also appears to be one of the few problems that should be fixed urgently. The problem is significant enough that the engine cannot properly burn fuel. Some cylinders are firing, and some cylinders are not, causing the shake. This could be a minor sensor fault, because of a badly needed tune up, or something else. While counter-intuitive, problems this severe are relatively inexpensive to fix. We've listed quotes for a diagnosis. Once a mechanic arrives they will inspect the vehicle and figure out the issue. Once diagnosed, The Car Savior will review the quote for further work with the mechanic to make sure you're getting a fair price for the repair and to make sure the vehicle was correctly diagnosed. Then we will send you a quote to repair the issue. You can decide then decide whether to move forward with further repairs.
On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 8. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.
We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.
What happens if I wait?
Because there is a reasonable chance the repair could get much more expensive quickly, we recommend getting the car repaired as soon as possible. If nothing else, get the vehicle diagnosed to figure out how big the problem is.
How complicated is this repair?
- This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
- This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
- This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
- At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
- This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.