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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 Manchester Auto & Tire of Mint Hill LLC.



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 Manchester Auto & Tire of Mint Hill LLC.



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. Manchester Auto & Tire of Mint Hill LLC has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



What People Say About Us


  • -Peggy N.

    We have used them several times and are very pleased. They are honest, courteous, and also will run you home and pick you up when your vehicle is repaired. Very thankful they were recommended to me. An asset to Mint Hill.


  • -Joe R.

    I had to get a tire patched yesterday. I had already changed the spare, so I just dropped off the bad tire while I went about my day. Colton at the front desk was super friendly. When they were done, Colton called me. I came in, they installed the repaired tire, and even dug through all the gear in the back of my vehicle to replace the spare in the well. Great job, guys!!


  • -Katherine D.

    My go to place for auto and tire needs! Highly recommend!


  • -Greg A.

    I've taken many of my vehicles here over the years, personal and business. My business depends on my truck being on the road running. Manchester has ALWAYS made sure that happens. Comparative prices, fast service and most important to me....trustworthy!!!! HIGHLY recommend!


  • -Douglas J.

    I first purchased the 1963 Ford Falcon, it runs incorrect and bad brakes. The crew from Manchester fixed the engine and put all new brakes. I drove the car home from the shop, it is like a new Falcon coming home. I m very happy and pleased with their hard work to make it happen. They are the best and I would recommend this place to anyone. I love them!!!


  • -Richmond H.

    Great service, great value, fair and honest...what more can you ask for from and auto shop? Ken and Lex are informative, professional, accommodating and super friendly!


  • -Emily P.

    Best mechanics I've been to! My genesis ended up having a faulty engine, they were super honest people and even handled my dealership on the phone since I just bought the car. 5 stars


  • -Nelda D.

    Manchester Auto is wonderful. My husband and I have been customers for over 23 years. He is honest and trustworthy which is, unfortunately, often unusual in mechanics and they don't try to "upsell" unnecessary work everytime you walk in. That applies to widows as my husband is now gone. You don't know how appreciative I am of Ken Manchester, Lex and the entire team for being great mechanics and great people. Thank you!


  • -Gary D.

    All repair work or maintenance on my vehicles is excellent. Well trained technicians, and very good customer service. Try these guys and you will be satisfied.


  • -Peggy N.

    We have used them several times and are very pleased. They are honest, courteous, and also will run you home and pick you up when your vehicle is repaired. Very thankful they were recommended to me. An asset to Mint Hill.

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