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



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Testimonials

  • First time to use Circle Auto service, read reviews and chose to go there. I wasn't disappointed. Very good job, took care of my AC. Done in one day. Very happy. Will go there again if needed.
    -Terry B.

  • Very trustworthy and dedicated owners and mechanics. They are very fair in their pricing. They are also thoughtful about diagnostics and figuring out exactly what your car needs. They never offer things that you don't need. In fact, many times I have had other dealers and mechanics recommend services and then bring it to Circle Automotive for a 2nd opinion and have them tell me that they didn't think it was necessary. They have definitely earned my trust.
    -Steven T.

  • Great, fast and honest work. It's so hard to find a good mechanic don't hesitate to come here!!!
    -Ayman Y.

  • Honest shop, fair price, very busy. The only negative I can think of is communication. I do understand and their positives far out weigh the negative given that they are a smaller shop, but I just wish they would call or text when the car is finished. This is my go to shop. All four of my cars come here.
    -Dtsedano

  • They truly live up to their tagline "Honesty with Integrity." I trust the staff and mechanics at Circle Automotive because time and time again they have dealt with us fairly, honestly and most of all cost effectively! Thank you Circle Automotive for serving your customers with INTEGRITY and CARE! I have recommended them to friends and will continue to recommend them!
    -Della H.

  • Really love the customer service here if I am ever in the area and need auto service I will go here
    -Sheila D.

  • ...My truck was towed to Circle Automotive and it turned out to be an answer to prayer... My truck was potentially in really bad shape and it was the fault of the oil changers. John was kind, honest, and sooooo helpful in explaining the whole situation to me. He handled everything so professionally. In the end, my truck was fixed and now John and the lube shop will be referring customers to each other's businesses. I am so incredibly grateful for John's services. This is a quality, honest automotive services shop where you are treated with kindness and professionalism. I will be returning for future auto repairs and maintenance.
    -Natalie T.