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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

Maintaining your vehicle at home is a satisfying way to keep your motoring costs down. With the right knowledge and products even someone who isn't very mechanically inclined can take care of many of the smaller issues in everyday driving. Sometimes, however, car issues can be too specialized or complex for the average motorist to take care of by themselves and it becomes time to take your car to the pros. Below you'll find three major warning signs that you need to get to a mechanic ASAP, as well as some of the potential causes behind them.



Engine and Drivetrain Problems

Let's start at the beginning. If your car won't even turn over and start up, then the rest of the problems on this list won't come into play. The simplest cause of this issue is a dead battery, which you can remedy with jumper cables, and the instructions that come printed on their packaging. If jumping the car doesn't work, you may have a larger problem with your ignition system. It's advisable to take your car into the shop at this point because finding the root of the problem will likely involve removing a few parts from your engine. Whether it's dead spark plugs or electrical problems, it's better to have it dealt with by a professional. Likewise, engine surging where the revs rise and fall can mean a problem with your fuel injectors, which are fairly deep within your motor. It's unwise to drive around with a surging engine, as this burns more gas and can cause unintended acceleration. Drivetrain issues are another major issue requiring professional attention. Everybody fears the dreaded transmission repairs, so if certain gears won't engage or they shift at the wrong times you should definitely take your car to the qualified mechanics here at Auto Tech Repair Center, Inc..



Vibration While Driving

This issue can be caused by damaged drivetrain components, but can also stem from misaligned wheels or unbalanced or flat tires. If you feel any vibration or shuddering as you drive along, you should get to a mechanic as soon as you can. At its worst, this issue can lessen your control over the car, potentially causing accidents. This will also wear out your tires more quickly than if everything was straight and true. Unwanted vibrations put stress on important (and costly) components like suspension and brakes while decreasing gas mileage, so it's smart to take your car in as soon as these issues develop.



Poor Braking Performance

Your brakes are vital to keeping you safe on the road and should definitely be cared for by a professional, unless you're absolutely sure you know what you're doing. Common signs of issues with your car's braking system include squeaking or squealing when the brakes are applied, or the brakes feeling spongy and failing to slow your vehicle properly. Squealing brakes are caused by the brake pads wearing through the pad surface to the metal underneath. At this point the metal behind your brake pad is coming into contact with the brake rotor. This can be disastrous and produce unwanted heat, reduced stopping power, and cause you to have to buy new rotors as well as the relatively cheap pads. Spongey and weak brakes can mean there's a problem with your master cylinder, which converts the mechanical pressure of you pressing the pedal into hydraulic pressure to apply the brakes. In either case, it's best to have your brakes seen to by the professional mechanics here at Auto Tech Repair Center, Inc..



There are instances where car maintenance is simple and easy, but if you notice any of these issues developing, it's best to take your car in for a qualified mechanic's checkup so the problems can be remedied before they turn into much more serious issues. Auto Tech Repair Center, Inc. has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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  • I have to thank Jim and his crew! They were so amazing with fixing my car. Staying in constant contact me with how things were going. Jim explained to me when I picked up my car what the part was that was broken and why I was having issues. I have so much confidence in their shop that I will take my car there again if needed. Thank you Jim and crew!!
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  • They were super fast when I pulled in with a flat tire on my way to work.
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  • I own a Ford F-250 super duty diesel. I needed an oil change and had a small issue with the vacuum lines (air system). Went to see Joseph and I couldn't be happier. He explained everything in detail so I understood fully what my issues were. Not only did he get me in and out in a few hours, he went out of his way to save me some money! I visited this shop because of a referral from a family friend. She too has had great experiences with Joseph. He was very knowledgable and willing to whatever he could to help. I will most definitely be bringing all my vehicles to him from now on as well as encouraging anyone I know that has an auto issue to go see them. Great work at a very fair price! Best around.
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  • I was not a regular customer and called at 3:30 on a Friday with a locked up break. I asked if there was any chance they could fit me in (several places had already told me they could see me the end of next week). Joe (the owner) was very nice and said to come right over. They got me in right away and I was out the door again by 5pm (they needed to have a part delivered). Great service, great people. They do all types of mechanical work. I will definitely be bringing all my vehicles here in the future! Thanks Auto Tech Repair Center.
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  • I have used Auto Tech for years and Joe, the new owner is truly out to help people! He 'treats it like he owns it'. Even if you have your ideas on how something should be fixed, trust me, his opinion is right and 'do it right, do it once' is very true! I just learnt this lesson...he fixed it my way first (didn't work), then we fixed it his way..then I got to go home! As a woman, I would recommend him because he helps, explains and doesn't treat you like an idiot!
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  • Great guys always have taken care of us, the prices are very fair!
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