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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, St.Petersburg, FL

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 Affordable Auto and Truck Repair.



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 Affordable Auto and Truck Repair.



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. Affordable Auto and Truck Repair has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.




What Our Customers Are Saying

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We were on vacation and a long way from home when the brakes started scraping and making noise. These guys checked our brakes free of charge and ensured us it was nothing to worry about, which was a big load off my mind. They could've easily taken advantage of us. Highly recommended.

, 02/24/2021

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Wow, it's been a long time since I have encountered an honest mechanic shop. The shop is spotless. The owner is professional, polite and knowledgeable. I hope I don't have to see them again but if I do I am sure they will take care of my issues. Friendly and honest. Thanks guys!

, 10/12/2020

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These guys are great! Had a couple things fixed and they were fast and gave me a great deal.

, 09/18/2020

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Bob Ortiz and his staff have worked on 4 cars for my family. Each and every time, Affordable Auto and Truck Repair provided quality service at a reasonable price. My first experience was when my son called AAA due to a late night problem. Affordable Auto and Truck Repair arrived quickly, towed his car to their facility and secured it and repaired and returned it to him the next day. I have since taken my car for regular maintenance and new tires; my wife's car due to an electrical issue; and my daughter's car for a sensor issue. For my daughter's car, Bob recommended that we also replace her tires. He gave me a quote on a new set of tires but also informed me that for the type of tire my daughter needs, he wouldn't be able to compete with the national tire companies and suggested I shop around. At every juncture, Bob has dealt with me honestly and fairly, always kept me updated on cost and time to completion of the job, and provided quality service. By putting himself in the shoes of his customer, Bob and Affordable Auto and Truck Repair offer the highest degree of customer service. They deserve and have earned my highest recommendation.

, 07/16/2020

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Great customer service

, 05/15/2020

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Great customer service! No hassles, good people!

, 02/28/2020

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