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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 Affordable Auto Care of Palm Springs.



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 Affordable Auto Care of Palm Springs.



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. Affordable Auto Care of Palm Springs has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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    Needed an alternator replaced, and all the folks here really helped us out of a bind. Mechanic was transparent and honest throughout the entire process. Really made our day! Even included a free 2 year warranty on the part. We were able to get back on the road in under an hour and a half. Would definitely recommend.

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    Tim is the man...We have 4 family cars and he is always affordable, and he stands behind his work. Timely and efficient. I will recommend this shop to all of my friends and family.

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    I love this place! I was headed out of town and needed my oil changed on short notice. They let me come in last minute, and I was out in less than an hour. Normally when I get my oil changed at Good Year it takes least 2 hours. These guys are friendly, easy to talk to, and I'd recommend this shop to anyone!!

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    I went there for a couple of things to have done on my car. They gave me the best deal around and with great service. They helped us with every question we asked them. They were very nice to my wife and me. We are definitely going back.

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    Where do I begin? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Affordable Auto Care of Palm Springs for any and all of your automotive repair needs. My vehicle had a transmission/clutch issue, and the owners took personalized care of me from start to finish. From calling to giving me updates, to providing me with a ride to and from the shop, they gave me the greatest, most honest, straightforward customer service I have ever received from an auto repair shop EVER. If you are looking for a highly reputable auto repair shop, look no further!

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    Needed an alternator replaced, and all the folks here really helped us out of a bind. Mechanic was transparent and honest throughout the entire process. Really made our day! Even included a free 2 year warranty on the part. We were able to get back on the road in under an hour and a half. Would definitely recommend.

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