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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, West Warwick, RI

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 One Stop Auto Service.



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 One Stop Auto Service.



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. One Stop Auto Service has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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One Stop Automotive did a great job on my Honda Accord at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend One Stop Automotive.
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Tony is my guy. Might be a little more money than others, but I trust that he and his crew do a quality job on my 2004 BMW.
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Great service! Definitely tried to work with me when it came to the price. I was in a really bad situation at the time, and he took the time to understand where I was coming from. My Subaru got into a little mess and my hood got dented; they did an amazing job finding the right color and putting it on! That was over a year ago now, and my car still looks new. I would recommend giving them a call when it comes to good body work. Not to mention it's right off of the highway! Thank you for your good service.
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Tony at One Stop worked on my truck's brake system, and he completed the job on time and within quote he gave me. I have also had One Stop patch up some tires - quick and easy service. Now Tony at One Stop services my fleet vehicle.
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In the years we've lived here (20+), Tony has ALWAYS been there: diagnosing, repairing, staying late when a car is needed ASAP, going out of his way to help in any way he can. We'd be lost without him...and we'd be walking.
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Great job fixing my car! Saved me a bunch of $$ too...will definitely go back!
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I was so surprised how fast the mechanic fixed my tire for me. He didn't even have to take the tire off the car. Two thumbs up for One Stop Auto Service.
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Great as usual. Friendly, professional, really let you know they value and want your business.
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Tony, thank you for the quality service and keeping your pricing as low as possible for the average customer. It's good to be able to take your car to someone you can trust.
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Awesome work. I really do appreciate you taking me in on short notice.
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These guys do everything. Very knowledgeable. No job was too small for them nor too big. I brought my wife's car in just for a service, and they let me know everything they found. Regardless to say, but I brought my old pickup truck down, and they got her right back in tip-top shape. Thanks Tony and staff.