AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG
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 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 Gary Wille's Auto & Tire Center.
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 Gary Wille's Auto & Tire Center.
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. Gary Wille's Auto & Tire Center has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.
As someone who knows little to nothing about cars, I had often struggled to feel like I could fully trust an auto service center, until I found Gary Wille's. Tyler, Hunter and the team are hands-down the most genuine and professional auto experts that I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Tyler even took the time to show me how I can check and keep my engine oil full. Gary Wille's is the real deal. They provide that trustworthy, detailed, caring expertise that everyone looks for. After a service, they send a detailed report and include pictures and explanations of their recommendations and your options. They have never tried to sell me on something I don't need and explain my options in clear, understandable language. I'll be a customer as long as I live in the area.
Matt Jurasewicz, 04/08/2022
This was my first experience, and I was blown away! Service was scheduled for 10-12 a.m., and when they realized it would be longer than than that, provided me with a loaner. They also compensated me for the delay. I received a detailed report of what was checked out. The young men I dealt with were extremely friendly and kind. I knew if Tom Stoehr could trust them with his business, so could I. I now have my new mechanic and I couldn't be happier! One more thing that's long overdue (because I can't figure out how to do a new review) . . . one day last summer, I showed up unannounced with my Can Am Spyder, as I needed the tire pressure reduced. They took care of it immediately and got me on my way. Can't beat the service, professionalism, and personal treatment that this business provides! Thank you! 3/22: Another great experience. Highly recommend!
Kay Bliefernicht, 03/22/2022
5 stars 12-29-21 update to last years review. Extraordinary service 1 1/2 hour before closing. Spark plug wire cut (twice in less than a month) which caused other damage as a result. They took care of me right away. They still had one of the old uncut spark plug wires from my last visit. That and the other damage was fixed quickly and FREE of charge. Still driving from Madison for their excellent service. Wondering why there is no leave a review option this time.
Cat 56, 12/30/2021