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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 Bear Tire and Auto 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 Bear Tire and Auto 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. Bear Tire and Auto Center has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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  • Great Service, friendly staff, all around pleasure to do business with. Their tow truck drivers are the most professional you will ever encounter!
    -Rich M.

  • I was getting my car towed to another shop in the morning. The driver, who was very professional, said if I took it to Bear they'd beat the price, fix it up, and have it to me later before I needed to go to work. They did it all. Very impressed. Will go here for regularly scheduled maintenance and any other automotive problems from now on. Great customer service too!
    -Eddie F.

  • I'd like to encourage everyone to give bear a shot. They're a local family ran business that has been here for decades. The husband, wife, and son run the shop with their friendly staff. I've taken each of my cars here for almost 10 years. The do good work at fair cost. I like that they do small work like oil changes and tire repairs all the way to engine and transmission work. I don't have to have different people for tires, oil changes, and major repairs which is a time saver.
    -Lee H.

  • Courteous, fast, professional work in towing me in, diagnosing my issue and completing repair. Job (starter replacement) came in below RepairPal median estimate, and was done really fast. All in all I would recommend this shop based on my experience there.
    -M.L. Hunt

  • Excellent towing service.Handled my old car as though it were a multi-million dollar classic! Brand new Flatbed truck, handled by a pro(Dan#49). I will save their number!
    -Carl S.

  • Great service, had my oil changed. No pressure for upgrades or other services. They did notice i needed new tires and drew up a quote, given to me when i paid, and we're not pushy about it at all. Great price too, will end up going back for more services in the future.
    -Carmella S.

  • I love Bear Tire and Auto. This is the only place that I trust to do the right thing by me and by my car. They are honest and up front; they tell you what needs to be fixed, what can wait, what you should be thinking about in the future, etc. They don't give you any BS pricing over the phone - they want to see the car and give you an honest price. They do great work in a timely matter. Their manager, JT, is an awesome guy to work with. I have several cars and I trust all of them to Bear Tire and Auto.
    -Steven P.