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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

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    AMAZING....AMAZING.... AMAZING service! They are truly one of a kind people and are always able to help. I found these guys from a random coincidence and the minute I met them their hospitality, professionalism, and determination to help me isn't just shown to me but to everyone that comes through that door. They recently moved to a new spot in which I didn't get to know but I witnessed a lot of old customers come to them still even after moving to an area that may not seem closer to them. This just means the loyalty they have on both parts and helps keep our cars running thank you guys! -Carlos with the ghetto Tesla lol
    , 01/02/2024

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    AMAZINGLY FAST SERVICE! I thought I had a million and one problems and turns out I just needed a new battery! Not only was he able to give me a diagnostic in a day and fix it the next! I didn't know magic was included in the car fixing process. I've found my main mechanic thank you so much!!!!
    , 08/18/2023

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    Friendly people, great communication. Cost is reasonable/average rates. As a woman we often feel like mechanic'stey to take advantage of us, well not here. I reccomend them because they're completely upfront and you can see that they can be trusted in the way they break down/ explain the steps they took/take to complete the repairs.
    , 06/20/2023

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    I highly recommend bringing your vehicle here! My vehicle had been having overheating issues, these guys were able to diagnose the issue very quick, and also kept communication with me through the process, which I greatly appreciated, because not many businesses do. If you want great service, bring your car here!
    , 08/02/2023

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    STOP HERE! These guys will 150% take care of you. I was on the 215 and my Subaru Forester was overheating. I needed an emergency mechanic, these guys happen to be down the street from where I exited. I called first and they said "Yes, bring it! We'll take care of you". And they really did, I was 1 hour and 30 mins away from home and really needed the help. Not only did they find the issue (loose radiator hose & possibly bad thermostat) they did it with a smile and an awesome attitude! I especially appreciate Sam and Carlos. Good guys like them are hard to find. Thank you guys for getting me back on the road ASAP! I made it home safe and sound. Oh and they had VERY competitive pricing.
    , 05/22/2023

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    Very happy with the professional inspection our car received today. My husband bought an older vehicle and wanted a Safety inspection done. Carlos was very helpful. Prices are reasonable. Thank you GT PitStop.
    , 09/18/2023