What does this mean?
It looks like there’s a problem with the engine management system. The problem is serious enough that the engine is having trouble burning 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, a failed spark plug coil, or some other electrical failure. 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. Here’s what will happen once you book the repair: 1. Once a mechanic arrives, they will diagnose the issue. 2. The Car Savior will review the issue with the mechanic to make sure the car was correctly diagnosed. 3. We will send you a quote to repair the issue, and you can decide whether or not to move forward. If you want, we’ll even send you competing quotes. 4. If you choose not to move forward with the repair, you’ll only be charged for the diagnosis.
On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 7. 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?
We’d recommend getting it fixed soon. It is normally cheap to fix. If you wait there is a reasonable chance the repair could get expensive quickly. If you’re really strapped for cash, look on YouTube and figure out how to fix it yourself.
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.