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 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 mechanics here at Jamie's Auto Repair.
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 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 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 mechanics here at Jamie's Auto Repair.
Big prompts to Travis for my repair job. Probably spent $3k in last couple years there maintaing multiple vehicles, and I'll be back.
You won't be unsatisfied at all. Great person to deal with.
If you need your car fixed, this is the only place to go. Jaime is an honest, hard worker. Been going to him for 7 years and plan on being a life long customer.
Can't say enough good things about the honesty and workmanship of the shop.
I would give way more stars if I could, they fixed my wife's truck up fast and for a good price. We will definitely be back for more whenever needed.
My truck's rear was making noise when I came to Titusville. I called Jamie's, told him I was stranded, and he waited for me and fixed it on the spot.
This place is great! Very nice people too. They are really good at what they do!
Jamie's Auto is the first and best shop I've ever been too. Five stars all day! Amazing mechanics and work! Thank you guys so much.
Must visit this shop. The very best, clean and kind.
Aawesome mechanic, great service.
Jamie has helped us maintain two aging vans over the past 2 yrs. He is honest and has always been fair with his charges. We would recommend him highly to all.
Always great service. Jamie is an honest good guy. Wouldn't take my trucks anywhere else. Highly recommended.
I took our Chevy truck to Jamie's, because several other places could not find the problem. He checked the truck himself, found the problem, and fixed it.
I have been using this shop for two years now. Local business owner doing good honest work. I could not be happier with the work I have had done!
Jamie and his team are simply amazing. In 2018 it's so tough to find an honest mechanic. Thanks Jamie and Travis! You guys are the best.
Every other shop told me I needed a new transmission, but Jamie and Travis didn't. Definitely a shop I'll go back to for sure!!
Great mechanic. Very honest and fair. I would recommend him.
They get the job done right and for a good price.
This has been my go-to shop for many years. I'm a delivery driver and don't make any money unless I'm on the road, so Jamie is a life saver. Thanks again!
Awesome Owner.. Does really good work.. And has very good prices.... :).