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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 Mike's Auto Care.



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 Mike's Auto Care.



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. Mike's Auto Care has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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Testimonials

  • Mike is an honest mechanic who does excellent work! His prices are great too. I send all my cars to him.
    -Bill K.

  • Best place in town very friendly and repair was done in same day great place.
    -Sarah Kim S.

  • Mike always does a great job fixing all of my cars.
    -Bill

  • Fast and the price was well below what I planned on paying. Got me in and out same day. I found my go to auto repair place.
    -Leah C.

  • Mike is honest, kind and a super great mechanic! Been going here for years, super thrilled.
    -Becky B.

  • I love the service & Mike is an honorable guy, I even referred my mom! She loves them too!!
    -Angie C.

  • I have always gotten excellent service at Mikes Auto Care. Mike is so knowledgeable and is very honest and fair. I have been using Mikes Auto Care since they opened and had followed Mike from shop to shop before he opened his own business. I wouldn't trust my car to anyone else!
    -Elizabeth B.

  • Got a same day appointment today. They addressed each issue I wanted looked at, and Mike gave me a call with an estimate (consistent with a quote 8 months prior) before they did any of the repairs. He gave me a good opinion to hold off on a fix and the car was done by late afternoon. I will be bringing my Galant in within a few months!
    -Scott Z.

  • We have followed Mike from different service centers till he started his own company and still continue to see and trust him most of all. Even though we now live 30-40 minutes away, we still bring our vehicles back to him when we know they need solid service and we need trusted advice about what work needs to be done. Thanks Mike for being such an honest mechanic and businessman!
    -Tabitha C.

  • Thank you... Always great care and service at Mike's Auto
    -Betty B.

  • As always service exceeds expectations!! I always recommend to my friends and family!
    -Jessica W.

  • I trust this mechanic and I will take my car there from now on. He does a great job explaining what your options are and is not likely to recommend repair you don't need.
    -Eric Z.