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 ProblemsLet'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 Muffler Brothers Bellbrook.
Vibration While DrivingThis 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 PerformanceYour 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 Muffler Brothers Bellbrook.
We have taken our vehicles to Muffler Brothers in Bellbrook, and in Franklin, and have always been taken care of well. Prices are very reasonable, and they don't try to add extra things they think should be done. I was particularly impressed on our most recent experience where we took our minivan in because the sliding door had come off the track, leaving the door slightly open. Friday afternoon they called us to let us know that they couldn't perform the repair. They had also seen that a thunderstorm was coming, and they have moved it inside so it wouldn't get wet. We were not able to pick it up until the next morning, and when we arrived they had it running to charge the battery since the light had run it down. They charged us nothing for this. My overall experience is that they really take good care of their customers.
Best shop in the area! Quality work with quality technicians! Doug always gives the Best Prices in town!
Best garage I've ever used. They always find the simplest, least costly fix. A dealer spent all day troubleshooting an electrical issue, didn't find the problem, and told me not only that is have to bring my truck back, but that they would likely need multiple days to find the problem. Muffler Bros troubleshoot it and fixed in one day for less than the dealer charged for not even fixing it.
Great service, worked up an estimate for insurance work, made sure everything was covered, and made the repairs in a timely fashion.
Fast great service great sounding flowmaster put on.
This is the only car repair shop that you can trust, plain and simple. They treat everyone with respect and do not try to up-sell anything. I can also attest (on my wife's behalf) that they don't take advantage of female customers.
Amazing customer service! Goes above and beyond to help their customers.
I have never been so pleased with a car servicing before! They are so kind here and very prompt in getting you in and getting the job done right. I reccomend this place to everyone!
Doug and the team are the BEST! They are honesr, hardworking, and not pushy,. JUST SERVICE WITH A SMILE!!!! They back the work they do. I will definitely call them the next time i need work done. A+++++++++
These guys are the BEST! Always 11/10 level service, so friendly, and great prices and work! Been going there for years, I HIGHLY recommend them! :)