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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, Tallahassee, FL

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 All American Auto Electric.



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 All American Auto Electric.



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. All American Auto Electric has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.




What Our Customers Are Saying

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reviewiconHeating and Cooling Services, near Tallahassee, FL

I brought my car in because my AC stopped blowing cold air, so they told me that I needed a new compressor and consenser. They fixed my car quickly, and the owner and mechanic were both very professional. I will definitely come back here in the future because I never had the feeling that were trying to up charge me in anyway.

, 04/17/2020

Honest and Quality Work
reviewiconCar & Truck Care, near Tallahassee, FL

Excellent service without breaking the bank. I recommend this shop for honest and quality work.

, 02/03/2020

Fast and Fair
reviewiconFleet General Services, near Tallahassee, FL

Having a fleet of Vehicles we are always in the need of work to be done. Good companies that are reliable and trust worthy can be hard to find. I recently took one of our service vans there to be repaired and they took care of us quickly and at a fair price. I have already scheduled to have another service vehicle to be repaired. We will be taking all of our fleet there for repairs.

, 11/07/2019

Rick, the owner, is incredible. My car went in with A/C issues. Rick went above and beyond to get my car fixed. Highly recommend!

, 04/17/2020

This was a great experience.
reviewiconCar & Truck Care, near Tallahassee, FL

Rick was very helpful, honest, and did great work to my Chevy Malibu.

, 03/12/2020

Brought my car in with no working ac. Was diagnosed and fixed within the day and works perfectly. I couldn't be more thankful that it could be fixed. Thanks Mr. Rick I'll be back.

, 06/06/2019

Great Service
reviewiconCar & Truck Care, near Tallahassee, FL

Had the unexpected pleasure of having my truck serviced here, excellent service with fast turnaround and at a fair price!

, 04/01/2019

Highly highly recommend
reviewiconElectrical Services, near Tallahassee, FL

Awesome experience. Rick was able to diagnose and fix my car in less than an hour after Firestone had spent a week making unnecessary repairs. I really wish I had gone to him at first but I was worried that an electrical issue would be expensive to repair. Rick was friendly, helpful, and someone that I would trust to only recommend what needs to be done. If I ever have another issue with my car Ill be sure to see him first.

, 03/11/2019

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