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 Electric & Fuel.
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 Electric & Fuel.
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 Electric & Fuel has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.
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Carlos and Doug provided us with helpful professional guidance in determining how to handle a potential serious electronic problem and then completed the repair with utmost proficiency. During a previous routine oil service and maintenance inspection they had noted that the shocks were severely leaking and that front control arms were demonstrating signs of wear and play. We had this work done at the same time. The drive is much smother now with the suspension work completed, new tires and an alignment. Thanks!
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I have entrusted my vehicles to AEF for more years than I can remember now - from basic oil service and preventative maintenance to more complex mechanical or technical issues. This time around we had a very elusive key off battery drain issue that Hans and the AEF team worked on tirelessly until the problem was solved. All along the way I was kept informed of the "investigation" progress. The problem was solved and am once again confident that the car will not leave us stranded. Superb service and technical expertise as always. I would not have had this successful an experience elsewhere, especially at the auto dealership.
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I don't write many reviews, but I had to in this case. Words can't really express how pleased I am with the service I received from the whole team at Auto Fuel and Electric! I wanted to do a major refurbish on my 95 Camry. I love the car and wanted to keep it as long as possible. I was also on a time table to get it done. Once Doug, Hans & Aki got the vehicle evaluated, it turned out to be a great deal more work than we originally planned. Despite that, they did everything I requested (And believe me, that was alot!) and finished on time. I know they all put in a bunch of overtime to make sure I hit the road on time for the trip I had planned! The car runs and rides like new and my wife and I couldn't be happier! I would definitely recommend them for any of your car care needs! Thanks guys!
My family has been taking our vehicles to Auto Electric and Fuel for over 20 years. I took my truck in to have them assess what work needed to be done on my Silverado based on a report I received from a Chevy dealership. Carlos was amazing in answering all my questions and checking into every aspect with full detail and informing me what needed to be fixed now, what could wait, and what did not need to be fixed. Carlos and his crew were quick in diagnosing and fixing the issues that needed to be taken care of, in an honest and authentic way. I felt comfortable the entire time and was never pressured into making any decisions. Now I have my truck back and it is running amazing! Thank you.