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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 Auto Service with Steve.



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 Service with Steve.



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



What People Say About Us


  • -Maria & Sonny

    Maria and I were looking for a reliable mechanic for our vehicles. A friend of ours geoff recommended Steve. Steve did a great job, reliable and a trustworthy car doctor.... thank you steve.


  • -Eugene C.

    Auto Service With Steve Inc diagnosed my problem honestly and solved the issue with integrity. Nice guys!


  • -Kyle G.

    Excellent service, very friendly and helpful mechanics.


  • -Jordan J.

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  • -Joe T.

    I'm from North Carolina, and needed some emergency repairs. Steve got it done quickly even though I was late for my appointment and it was a Saturday. He alerted me to an additional problem that I knew existed, so I know he was being honest. He did not push at all when I denied the additional repair. If I don't edit this review, assume that my car held up for the 13 hour drive ahead of me.


  • -Brittany T.

    I highly recommend this business for all your car needs. They are very honest, reliable and affordable.


  • -Jordan W.

    These guys are very reliable efficient. Have been taking my car here since I've owned it, they do excellent quality work and do it on time as well.


  • -Jonathan S.

    Outstanding service, honest repairs and a shop that goes out of its way to take care of their customers.


  • -Cynthia K.

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  • -Heather B.

    Steve is very reliable and trustworthy. You can’t go wrong. I am a customer for life!!


  • -Katherine B.

    They are awesome, prices are great and service is great!


  • -Dolev F.

    Excellent service, highly reliable and a very nice person. Recommended!


  • -John K.

    I have taken my cars to Steve since he opened in the late 1990s and can recommend him without reservation. He is honest, knowledgeable and a very good communicator. He explains all options thoroughly before moving forward and will not hesitate to send you to a dealer if it makes more sense for certain kinds of work.


  • -Gabe S.

    I had the pleasure of working with Steve recently and I can say that you aren't going to find someone more honest, transparent and reliable. Highly recommend for all car service needs.


  • -Kim P.

    Steve and his crew are honest, affordable, understanding and extremely kind. He takes the time to explain everything to you and doesn't try to slip anything past you. His prices are the best around and his expertise and warmth can't be beat. They really treat you like old friends in the shop. Such a family atmosphere. I have brought my Jeep to him twice now and have been extremely happy walking out the door. If you need a great mechanic, Steve is your guy!


  • -Tom A.

    Steve was very helpful with assisting me with an inspection of my Porsche 911.


  • -James M.

    Helped me out in a pinch. Great work, great service. Honest with integrity!


  • -Maria & Sonny

    Maria and I were looking for a reliable mechanic for our vehicles. A friend of ours geoff recommended Steve. Steve did a great job, reliable and a trustworthy car doctor.... thank you steve.

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