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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

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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 Familia Automotive.



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 Familia 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 mechanic's checkup so the problems can be remedied before they turn into much more serious issues. Familia Automotive has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.




what our customers say

Great experience! Klent bent over backwards to help me. He does great work for a fair price. Here is a man of his word and puts the best interest of the customer first! Highly recommend!
L

I thought my car was going to get new control arms. BUT, I didn't because Klent went through it with a fine tooth comb. I appreciate his professionalism and most of all his honesty. Thank you for giving me hope that there are still people like you. Big ups and God bless you all at Familia Automotive.
C

I had a great experience, staff was so friendly, I took my Dodge Ram for a AC recharge, great and affordable pricing and they were fast, when I received my truck back man it blew so cold just like when I had originally purchased my truck. Definitely recommend them.
R

Very kind and courteous. They took a look at my car and provided information for a shop that can do the potential repairs to the engine since it would require certain equipment. They did do a diagnostic and were able to put some of my concerns to rest.
J

I was looking for a repair shop for my cars and came across Familia Automotive. I brought 2 of my cars in for diagnostic checks. Klent was very up front, friendly and professional. I will definitely be doing business here again, as well as recommending to family and friends.
W

Took my car to Robles Automotive to get it fixed. Robles had my car for months, finally got it, fix cost over 7 hundred dollars and still did not fix it. Went to Familia Automotive and they did an excellent job and was cheaper with a longer warranty. No more issues, car runs great and been going there since. Gets the job done.
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