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



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  • Always knowledgeable and helpful. Willing to get us in at the last minute to try to fix our problems.
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  • We brought our truck here because the check engine light came on and it was not running quite right. These guys did the diagnostics & it turned out to be a misfire due to a worn out ignition component. All they did was replace all of the old and worn out components with new ones and our truck still starts and runs like new even with 254,000 miles. Thanks for all of your help, everything is still working top notch to this day!
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  • I can’t say enough nice things about these guys. Thank you Carl for taking care of our F-350 at the last minute on our way back to Cincinnati. Great work at a super fair price. I would highly recommend.
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  • We broke down coming home from a hunting trip out in Montana. They were able to look at it that night and had us back on the road early the next morning! Very friendly and fast service! Thank you so much for everything! It is very much appreciated!!!
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  • Thank you so much! Our water pump went out and no one could fit us in to replace it while headed down to Minneapolis. Not only did they make time in their schedule, but also provided us with rides to and from the shop. True sign of awesome client service, added to a job well done at a reasonable price...you have our two thumbs up!!!
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  • Great customer service. Tirelessly worked to find the problem on our vehicle. Thank you!
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  • I would like to say thank you to Becker Auto in Alexandria. We had our oil changed at an area dealership after work tonight and they said our serpentine belt was bad, would be over $250 to replace it, and would take over an hour. We thought we would stop by Becker Auto to see if they could fix it in the morning. It was 5:28 and they close at 5:30. They said let’s do it now. Thirty-five minutes later we were out the door for less than $100. Thank you so much!!
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  • Great place and they are very helpful! I trust them completely which in this day and age is hard to find! I recommend them to everyone!
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