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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 Pete's Foreign Auto Repair.



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 Pete's Foreign Auto Repair.



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. Pete's Foreign Auto Repair has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



What People Say About Us

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    For Quality, Honest and Knowledgeable Service, this is the auto repair shop your wallet you and your automobile is looking for. Jesse explains to you in layman's terms the issues your car needs.

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    Excellent honest service. Jesse get the work done right, on time and at fair price. I have my three vehicles serviced here.

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    Broke down on the way home from Montery had our two kids with us.. He did a great job helping us get home had the car done the next day in the morning...very friendly and down to earth would go back to them if we lived closer.

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    The Best Mechanic In The Bay Area Hands Down Pricing, Communication, and Service All Together!

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    Jesse has done a excellent job! He is honest and super good!!! I will come back for any need. Thank you!

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    I came in needing a new alternator and Jesse completed the task quick! I'm glad I can go back home to Stockton! Very nice people here.

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    Great customer service! Very trustworthy and no sketchy work.The only place I will take my cars.

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    Are you looking for that vintage car mechanic that speaks with honest conviction and follow through with action? Pete's Foreign Auto Repair is a refreshing change of pace from your typical repair shop or even service dealers. I brough my 2006 Audi A3 Quatro here, and in all the repair shops and delarships ive been with in the last 2 years; this is the place where I will always bring my car. Jesse listened to my concern and always provided constant updates on their findings. He is thorough and was able to give me an actual root cause for my car trouble. After getting my car back, she drives like i got her the first time. Pete's Foreign Auto Repair exceeded my expectation. You guys are amazing! Keep up the good work!

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    The place to go to get your car or truck done quick and by perfection from Russ!!!

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