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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 Victor's Automotive Center.



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



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    Best automotive repair shop in San Diego!!

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    Amazing service..Great people..great prices too!!

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    Victor at Victor's Automotive should occupy the entire block he is on. He is two things you can't find in the same place in So. Cal. He is honest and he is reasonable. He is also VERY GOOD at what he does but those other two things are SO important that you should try his shop. One time and you'll never go anywhere else.

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    I went to this shop and it was a whole new experience. Everyone their helped out Victor is a very honest person and doesn't try to cheat you into something you don't need. I really trust him with my car he really let's me know what I need and what can wait. I get a lot for my budget. I told what I wanted and a price and he got it done. Highly recommend to everyone. Once you go there there is no where else you want to go.

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    Awesome place. Great mechanics. Every one there was a pleasure to deal with.

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    What a breath of fresh air! Real people who are actually in the business of taking care of your needs, and not just trying to make as much as they can off of you. Victor asked me how much are you looking to spend? He then told me what items he would recommend first to make sure that we get the most important things done. What a great business! I recommend anybody that wants honest great work and service come here.

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    Great place to take your vehicle, Victor will treat you with the respect you deserve and not try to empty your wallets. He is very honest, telling you what you need and what can wait. The waiting area is very comfortable and high-end makes your wait here very tolerable. I would recommend anyone who is looking for honest, respectable service.

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    Friendly shop, with great and fast service, from well qualified service techs. Victor is also just a great guy who genuinely want to help. I get my oil changes done there, and they always let me know what else I should get done, to keep my car running smoothly. But they don't push it. They tell you exactly what you need and when. Great place. Highly recommend!

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