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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 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

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!!!


-Crystal G.

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!


-Matt G.

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!


-Camisha C.

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!


-Nicole

I have taken both of my Honda Civics to Great Lakes Auto and have been completely satisfied with their service and free loaner car every time. Matt and his crew are very knowledgeable for repairs on all types of vehicles. They give friendly service as well as recommendations for repairs needed without being hard pressured into the repairs. Keep up the good work Great Lakes Auto Repair.


-Mary K.

Had my car fixed and fixed correctly the first time, competitively priced with outstanding customer service by knowledgeable technicians. Was my first time going there, but now it will be the only place I take my car.


-Doyle H.

If you want an honest and reasonable place, it's here! They are amazing.


-Dina L.

This is a good shop with qualified mechanics and fair prices. As a customer since they first opened, and a former employee, I can guarantee you on any given day this place is far too busy to fix anything on your car that isn't necessary. Their mechanics are certified and very knowledgeable. They often take on jobs no one else wants or can handle. The entire staff is very friendly and willing to go the extra mile. Whether it be giving customers a ride to and from, shopping around for parts, dealing with tight deadlines, staying late, or anything in between, Great Lakes will do what it takes to make your experience as pleasant as possible. They are also very good at prioritizing what needs fixed now and what can wait when on a budget. All of their work is warrantied and they stand behind anything they do. When it comes to prices they are exceptionally competitive. If you find someone to do it cheaper than these guys it's probably not going to come with a receipt, and cash will be the only form of payment excepted. I highly recommend this shop for any of your repair needs.


-Nick W.

My experience with great lakes auto has always been tremendously well.. Great Lakes Auto works with you and your budget..They always let you know what needs to be fixed first if your budget is tight..I love having my 10% discount..I love my free oil change for life.. when they had the free oil change for life program I jumped on it quick.. I save a lot of money with Great Lakes Auto.. John is excellent and Matt is the best.. I love them all..


-Tracie J.

I’ve been brining my 70’s classic and late model vehicles to Great Lakes Auto Repair for several years now. Whether it’s a minor brake repair or something more major and complex, it’s not just a job, rather they truly care about the quality of work and attention to detail. Quotes are accurate, follow-up and communication are very timely. I truly appreciate the time spent taking me through repairs and explaining, in great detail, why and how certain repairs were done. Without a doubt, they have Integrity and trust, at a fair cost.


-Erik W.

I had a great experience with Great Lakes Auto Repair. They are quick but thorough! They are upfront about prices and let you know what needs to be fixed in order of priority. Which I really appreciated. Very nice and professional whenever we spoke, and kept me updated on everything before they performed the work.


-Danielle

These are my go-to people. I will go way out of my way to get here (like 200 miles towed). They are completely honest about everything and have never overcharged anything. They are making a living not a killing. This place is absolutely the best I have ever experienced. They have gone WAY out of their way to ensure that I am taken care of. I can't tell you how comforting it is to have an honest mechanic shop that does great work. I cannot recommend this place enough.


-Thom C.

They were honestly the best and most honest service I have ever had and they took care of all the dealings with the warranty company. The best part is the times were tight it was days before Christmas they made a Huge discount for the labor to give me a break-in the price.they told me exactly what I would need to get the truck back on the road and they also told me were I could save a few bucks they were all around great guys and easy to work with I would recommend them to anyone for your auto needs


-Robert G.
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