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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 H & S Automotive.



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 H & S Automotive.



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. H & S Automotive has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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Testimonials

  • A very friendly business and hard working crew. If you need work done on your vehicle check them out. John will help you get her done.
    -Patsy F.

  • The service at H & S was excellent! I called one day and my car was dropped off and fixed the next! Gary and Tim are very knowledgeable and know what they are doing. I highly recommend H & S for all your vehicle needs!
    -Jeremy L.

  • I like an automobile shop where I know I'm going to get an honest repair and input on anything else my car may need to stay dependable, this is one of a few shops like this. Thanks for the great work you do.
    -David D.

  • Don't think twice you found your mechanic. I love H & S they have to be the most friendly, efficient, and honest people. The owner John gets to know you and your car. He is always going above and beyond to make sure that your problem is fixed. Always making sure that you get the best prices for the work needed. Definitely not afraid to get his hands dirty. Gary the mechanic is always pleasant and extremely informative and won't stop until he's postive the job is satisfactory. Tim in the main office he is a breath of fresh air he makes the first moment you call inviting. He always has a listening ear to what's going on and gets you in the shop quick. The greatest thing about them all they don't only tell you what's wrong but they explain everything to you so you can have an understand why your car needs the repair.
    -Ashley J.

  • Awesome customer service, thank you again Tim. I will definitely recommend and bring my vehicle back to them in the future. Fast, friendly and helpful service.
    -Connie F.

  • H & S Automative accomadated us for a walk-in visit due to our AC failing on a long road trip. They had us in and out in and hour. Genuine people. Would highly recommend.
    -Kelly J.

  • Too put this super short and sweet. If you want honest mechanics, who will also take the time too explain issues too you and how too prevent them, look no further. This is my second visit and I could not be more happy. Thank you John and anyone else who has been in contact with us or had worked on our vehicle. True professionals.
    -Michael H.

  • These guys were amazing. I read a lot of the reviews so it seems as though they were very good. I went in with the expectations of not expecting a lot but I am completely satisfied with their work and their ability to explain everything. I have found a shop that I will be using for a very long time. The prices are very fair there's no way you can get Great labor at a cheap price you pay for what you get and with these guys I know I will get excellent service thanks John and Tim for everything!!
    -David B.