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 Crafton Auto Care.
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 Crafton Auto Care.
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. Crafton Auto Care has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.
What People Say About Us
I stopped in to ask a question and discovered Dye's had sold the business. I talked to the new owner, John. He was very friendly and very knowledgable about cars. He took the time to thoroughly explain things to me. I'm sorry to see Dye's go but feel very comfortable with Crafton's.
Incredibly fair prices and since I made an appointment I was in and out in the blink of an eye.
Stopped in and talked to the owner. Super nice guy! I know is family from back in the day and they are good people.
If you need some repair or maintenance give him a try....he will treat you right!
Excellent car repair run by wonderful people.
I got my A/C repaired at Crafton while visiting Beavercreek based on recommendations of friends in the area, and I certainly understand their high praise. Despite several issues in the part getting delayed that were out of Crafton's control, Josh and Sara went out of their way to get the part and get it installed fast enough for me to drive back home on time. I highly recommend Crafton!
Great shop with great people. They got me in later at night and took car of a problem even though I was from further away. They did a great job with my car and got me back on the road promptly. Super happy with this place.
I am very pleased with the fast and friendly service by Josh with a fair price to fix air condition in my Saab 9-3.
Feels so relive form hot climate, Air condition is giving the nice and cold air.
Josh and Sara are wonderful, they are very caring people
I highly recommend taking your vehicle to this shop for repairs. I was very stressed searching for an affordable price to get a clutch job done, and a place that would do a good job. Josh and Sarah both were very friendly, knowledgeable, and most importantly to me; HONEST. You can tell Josh truly has a passion for helping people and fixing cars. Him and his shop is what this community/area needs. He was honest and upfront over the phone. He and Sarah communicated their progress on my car throughout the whole job. If your car needs any kind of repair; GIVE THIS SHOP A CALL. Moving forward I will definitely be a lifetime customer. Thank you guys for the great work!