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 technician ASAP, as well as some of the potential causes behind them.
Engine and Drivetrain ProblemsLet'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 technicians here at Johnny's Automotive.
Vibration While DrivingThis 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 technician 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 PerformanceYour 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 technicians here at Johnny's Automotive.
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 technician's checkup so the problems can be remedied before they turn into much more serious issues. Johnny's Automotive has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.
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The place was very clean, staff was very friendly, professional, efficient and thorough! They took the time to show and explain whatever needed to be addressed and were very helpful with recommendations as well. I would recommend Johnny's to friends and family!
Johnny's Automotive is the best place to have work done on your Automotive. I highly recommend for all your auto needs. Their employee's are very knowledgeable and polite. Their waiting area is very clean they have a large TV, cellphone charging area, coffee, drinks and snacks. I will never have anyone else work on my car. They are so popular you do have to make an appointment. If your car needs to be there for a long time. They will offer you a ride and pick you up if needed. Jonny's Automotive is a family business and when you visit you feel like you're part of that family. One more thing, they do call you just to see if you are happy with the work that was done on the car. Like I said family. Update 5-17-22 Thank you Johnny's for all the work you have done to my car, I will be back. The funny thing is that I trust Johnny's Automotive 100% with my car. I do not trust the dealership that I bought the car from. That is saying something about how good and reliable Johnny's Automotive is.