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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 Maxi Auto Service.



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 Maxi Auto Service.



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. Maxi Auto Service has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



What People Say About Us

Chattanooga
  • Friendly Staff
    reviewiconBrakes, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 02/05/2020

    Great service at a reasonable price! Randy and the team are straightforward, do not cut any corners nor do they create non-existent problems to get more money from you. I have only had positive experiences at this Maxi location and with Randy. I highly recommend this service center!

  • Friendly Staff
    reviewiconBrakes, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 01/21/2020

    Been taking our vehicles there for a few years now. Fair pricing, good communication, and they stand behind their work.

Chattanooga
  • Best Auto Repair
    reviewiconElectronic Services, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 08/08/2019

    Great service. Did better job diagnosing problem than the dealership and fixed it for a whole lot less than what the dealership quoted. Spent the time needed to actually find what the problem was and not just swap parts until it was fixed. They were genuinely concerned about finding the issue. Allowed us to drive the car for the weekend to ensure the problem was fixed before we made the final payment. Highly recommend and will use them again.

  • Best Auto Repair
    reviewiconElectronic Services, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 11/20/2019

    I went in needing 4 new tires, and that is exactly what I got. No one tried to sell me something I didn't need and the manager made time for me to educate me. I never knew tires that only have 18,000 miles on them could be "dry rotted" but they were. You can't ask for better service. I was treated with respect, paid what I was quoted, and my repairs were done on time. (You can't ask that from a dealership!) I will be loyal to this Red Bank location as long as I live here.

Chattanooga
  • Local Mechanics
    reviewiconCar & Truck Care, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 03/13/2019

    Fantastic customer service, quick fix, very good prices. I've gotten work done by them multiple times for different stuff and they have done a fantastic job every time. Steven was very friendly and comprehensive with making an appointment, got it in quick and had it out in a very reasonable time. Highly recommend!

  • Local Mechanics
    reviewiconCar & Truck Care, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 02/05/2020

    Great service at a reasonable price! Randy and the team are straightforward, do not cut any corners nor do they create non-existent problems to get more money from you. I have only had positive experiences at this Maxi location and with Randy. I highly recommend this service center!

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