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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 Avenue Tire & 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 Avenue Tire & 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. Avenue Tire & Service has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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Testimonials

  • Polite, willing to explain all aspects of the work done.
    -Diana B.

  • I am very happy with my service here. What ever problem I have with my vehicle John or Johnny always seem to know the problem and will explain the repairs that I need. Also they can tell me of upcoming possible repairs that I may need. They are very patient with their customers and they go the extra mile. Hard to find good service like that. I recommend this local shop to anyone.
    -Ron G.

  • I love my oil change guys. Always friendly and helpful. We are moving out of state in the next couple of weeks and I will miss seeing those guys every now and then. Thanks for such great service both in the oil change area and any time we have had our cars serviced there.
    -Cheri K.

  • Service is always great at this local shop. They will always tell you if you can wait for the repair or if it is an immediate need.
    -Anonymous

  • Did the work I had scheduled and were very helpful with the unforeseen. They made every effort to keep the work on budget.
    -Anonymous

  • I had another satisfactory visit to my favorite auto repair shop and will return for more work rather than taking my vehicle to the dealer.
    -Rod M.

  • Service is one of the best I have ever dealt with. The people were great to work with they did an excellent job.
    -Cliff B.

  • I always feel like the employees treat me like a valued customer and almost like "family".
    -Sharon S.

  • The young gentlemen that serviced my car was extremely nice and polite. He seemed to do a super job in a very timely fashion.
    -Pat M.

  • The folks at Ludington Avenue Tire & Service were helpful and professional. They helped me find a new tire at a good price, and even helped me with the warranty on my flat. Great job.
    -James S.

  • The Ludington Avenue Tire & Service shop has maintained my 15 year old 170,000 mile Ford for the last 6 years. This appointment was a great example of their trusted service: I thought I had transmission issues and had asked for a flush and screen change at $170. They test drove the vehicle and found the engine was miss firing and cancelled the transmission work, Made time for hood lock repair and an oil change. All well performed and reasonably priced. I can't recommend this location any higher!
    -Larry R.

  • Great people that do their job well!
    -Rich K.

  • Quick, great service! Thank you as always.
    -Anonymous

  • When I unexpectedly needed more work than originally planned, Johnny offered me a loaner car to run my errands. When my errands were complete, I came in & waited. That young man handled quite a barrage of questions, phone calls & customers with great professionalism, courtesy, knowledge & the ever present smile! Good Job Johnny!!!
    -Mary & Dan M.

  • Very satisfied with the service I receive at Avenue Tire & Service. If I wasn't satisfied I feel comfortable with talking with them and coming to an equal agreement.
    -Ron G.

  • Thanks for fixing my 2002 Ford F-150. It had a blown #2 spark plug in January. You fixed it quicker than first estimated and more importantly, a lot less money than quoted. I will still be your most loyal customer for future trouble and repairs, keep up the good work!
    -Gary P.

  • Always friendly, informative, and helpful.
    -Sharon S.

  • I was very pleased with the service that was provided to repair my car.
    -Emmet R.

  • They replaced my exhaust system on a Saturday, same day service. Great work, great price.
    -Bruce D.

  • In and out promptly. Service was good and workmen friendly and attentive.
    -Dean - Pentwater

  • ...I wasn't just pleased...I was impressed.
    -Nick - Ludington

  • ...Excellent assistance and I would gladly recommend this facility to others.
    -Cynthia - Hart