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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 GT Pit Stop Automotive Services.



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 GT Pit Stop Automotive Services.



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. GT Pit Stop Automotive Services has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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Testimonials

  • Carlos and Sam are great! This is the second time I have taken my Range Rover to them, and once again, treated fairly, professionally, and was under budget. Very knowledgeable and personable. Strongly recommend.
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  • Great customer service. Fast and reliable and great prices!
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  • Loved the place took my car in today because I took it to another shop where they wanted to charge $800 and Sam and his guys did it in 10 minutes for $49 and took care of my problem now my car is running great.. Very recommended to take your vehicle
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  • Reliable men. They helped me with my car which wasn't running great. They did 100% good job.
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  • First off, thank you to Sam the business owner. A quality assurance call was made after repairs to my vehicle were completed and appreciated the check in call. I originally wrote a review highlighting my negative experiences. However, I've had a change of heart after talking with Sam. I appreciate businesses that take reviews to heart and want to know how they can improve and provide 5 star service. Needless to say, my truck runs great, my relationship with the shop is better and not only will I return if need be in the future, I recommend GT Pit to my family and friends. God Bless.
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  • Honest work at a reasonable price!
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  • Second time doing business with them and both times were great experiences. Customer service was excellent and the job got done quickly.
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  • I now love this place! I brought my car in for a flat tire repair and was seen right away, wasn't even there 15 minutes! Very nice, close to home, perfect in price, will always go back!
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  • Had a nice experience with the workers, and they fixed my flat.
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  • Reliable honest good mechanic shop Sam is a great individual.
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  • Good prices even less then half the price of the dealers
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  • These guys are great honest, helpful, and very knowledgeable love this place.
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  • I take both my cars here the owner Sam is real friendly and great at explaining the issues that are wrong.
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  • Good prices and a awesome place to go too, very friendly and nice, thank you again Sam!!!
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  • My car was messed up and they fixed it within a day fast and reliable.
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