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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, St. Petersburg, 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 American Transmission & Air.



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 American Transmission & Air.



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. American Transmission & Air has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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TESTIMONIALS

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I brought my Cadillac in thinking I had to have the transmission replaced. The dealer said it would be $4000 so I brought it in to see what they could do for me. Dan not only walked me thru all of the options, he diagnosed it for free. After inspecting it he said he could repair it instead of rebuilding it for only $460! Three months later, and my car runs great! Thank you so much!
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Very friendly, professional....could not be happier!! Thank you!! Will be bringing my vehicle back.
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HONEST staff !!!! I'll take my Jeep here any day over anyone else. They were very open and honest about what I didn't need to spend money on to get done that another auto shop told me was pertinent.
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They have always been good to me. They have been working on my 2 cars for a few years now . Quick and reasonable. I would recommend them and I do. Have had no problems with anything they have done yet. They got me out of a major bind this week and I want to thank them again! Good mechanics that you can trust are hard to find. And I think I found some working here.
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Honest, respectful, trustworthy. Fixed my transmission sensor instead of charging me for an entire new system for a qtr of the cost.
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Did a total rebuild on my Transmission with all new parts for was less than anyone else would quote me. They did blow my tire backing out of their shop, but quickly replaced it with a brand new tire at no cost to me. Very friendly, very professional, did amazing work on my 23 year old truck.
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Rex and Mark will help you in house financing just put 50% down. Work on my car cars did break and drum and oil change within 30 minute at a reasonable afford price.
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Fair & Honest Place, These guys saved me a bundle, My truck transmission was slipping, so I took it to a few other shops first, They both wanted to replace the transmission, for way more than I could afford. A friend of mine told me about this place. So I Figured lets try one more store, cause I was thinking of trading it in, I am so glad I tried here, they took care of it, and saved me a whole bunch of cash. It didn't need a new transmission after all. Just an honest mechanic, and I didn't really want a monthly payment again neither... It's been over a month now, and all is working great. Thanks you guys ROCK
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Good mechanical knowledge... Can handle the tough repairs.
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Took our car there yesterday and was very pleased with the price and the promptness of the service. They were very knowledgeable and gave us great service. Highly recommend them.