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248-858-4139 | 309 W Walton Blvd Pontiac, MI 48340

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




What Our Customers Are Saying

Took my vehicle to Great Lakes Auto Repair for an oil leak. They verified my concern, (valve cover gaskets) They went over and above to fix my vehicle at a very reasonable price. Found my new repair shop. They are the best, would recommend them to anyone with confidence. Five Stars!

, 02/11/2021

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I have done my car and daughters cars for years. Brakes, Tune ups, Battery, window motors, but I can't do a rear main bearing seal. Neither can the master mechanic I use when I can't do a job. He said he would pass but said expect about a $2200 est. That's what the Dealer wanted! Well my car runs great and not ONE drop of oil has leaked in 6 weeks since I picked up my car from you! And at $1200 for a 10 hour 2 man job you did me a huge favor, thanks is an understatement. You restored my faith in people being decent to one another as well as fixed my car.

, 04/23/2020

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There is no other place I would take my vehicles to. Great Lakes Auto Repair has the lowest prices around and some of the most knowledgeable technicians in the industry. The service is top notch and the work is excellent!!!

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The best place in town to go. Great Lakes Auto Repair has always helped me with my vehicle repairs. They are honest and fair and always helpful in whatever way possible. If you want to go somewhere that will look out for your best interest, this is the place!

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I had a great experience with great Lakes auto! Matt was wonderful, and helpful through the whole process. They diagnosed and repaired my vehicle the same day! I am very pleased with their service, I will definitely returning for future repair needs, as well as recommending them to friends and family. Thanks again Matt!

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Great service tries to help you save money great friendly people Update stayed an hour just to get the job done and waited until I got there!

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