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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 VanDervort's Service Center Inc..



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 VanDervort's Service Center Inc..



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. VanDervort's Service Center Inc. has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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  • Booked the appointment, and was taken in almost immediately. Staff was friendly and courteous. Did the work in a timely fashion, and warned me of impending maintenance work. Worked up a quote for the work within 30 minutes. Returned the vehicle in the condition dropped it off - meaning that they didn't leave any evidence of their work in/on the vehicle. Overall excellent experience and will use their services again. I will recommend it to others who ask.
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  • My first time with this service station. They got my vehicle in on time and were very pleasant. I will be going here again.
    -Robert C.

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    -Elizabeth R.

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    -Jennifer and John W.

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    -Cassandra B.

  • The business always does a good job and they are very pleasant. They explained things to her after the repairs were done and she would recommend them to anybody who wants to buy a vehicle or have service done.
    -Eliz S.

  • Thanks for getting us in... I feel much better now that the car has been looked and inspected... and it is ready to go!
    -Ted and Susan F.

  • Sean was great as always. He kept me involved in the process the whole way. I've been going to Vandervorts for the past 15 years.
    -Shannon M.

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    -Bill D.

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    -Linda & Erin O.

  • Once again they gave me great service. It has always been a pleasure doing business there.
    -Douglas P.

  • My husband and I were very satisfied with the work done on my Pontiac and the same day service was wonderful. We need some more minor work done and return in August. You can trust this business to do a good and expeditious job.
    -Dick B.

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    -Cynthia M.

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    -Carol F.

  • My first time with this service station. They got my vehicle in on time and were very pleasant. I will be going here again.
    -Robert C.

  • I was impressed with the service and the use of technology (Email) to communicate with customers. I like the rebate for every $400 spent. Service was prompt and courteous. A much better experience than at the dealer's service shop I was previously using.
    -Peter W

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