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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 Rick's Auto Care & Tire 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 Rick's Auto Care & Tire 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. Rick's Auto Care & Tire Center has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.




What Our Customers Are Saying

Brought a new exhaust system to be installed in my '96 Toyota Tercel, and the service was exceptional. Very friendly staff and loved their office dog Lucy. :) Would definitely recommend to anyone and will plan to use them again in the future.


-Katie Bowles

I cannot say enough about Rick's Auto Care. Today I started my vacation only to have my car stop moving on the way to Skyline Caverns. Rick's set up a tow and were able to repair my car quickly. I couldn't be more happy with my experience with them, and if I lived here I'd without hesitation use them EVERYTIME I needed auto service. Thank you for getting my car fixed FAST and allowing me and my girlfriend to resume our vacation quickly.


-Vincent Corrado

We were on vacaton, and about an hour from Front Royal we heard a grinding noise. The next morning we brought our Sorento to Rick's, explained the problem, and that we were on vacation. They got us right in, let us know the problem, and ordered the parts. They made the repairs the following morning. All around excellent staff and service. Thanks so much for understanding our predicament and making us your priority.


-Erick Frost

I have used Rick's several times for multiple vehicles. Trustworthy mechanics that do quality work. Rick's Auto has never disappointed me, and his prices are reasonable.


-Larry Gniewek

Been going to Rick's Auto Care for years & love the service. The atmosphere is relaxed & friendly, but work is totally professional. I spent many years of my career in the car business so I really appreciate the honesty & integrity of this group. This is the only place my vehicles will go for service!


-Cheryl Kennedy

My wife and I have for many years relied on Rick's to maintain our vehicles. The service at Rick's is top-notch and professional, but the atmosphere is down-home and friendly. I always feel---and am treated---like family there. I'm grateful to have a place like Rick's Auto Care to take care of our vehicle maintenance needs.


-Vernon Kirby

Great staff and customer service. I've been going to them for around 4-5 years now. Honest is the best word to describe them. These guys will tell you what absolutely has to be repaired and what can wait. Repairs are always done in a timely manner and at a fair price.


-Johnson Turner

Trust is something that is earned. Rick and his crew have gained my trust by treating me fairly over the years. I will continue to bring my vehicles to Rick's and to recommend your business to everyone I know. Thank you and God Bless you for your honesty and integrity!


-Rick Morgan

Awesome. Garages who use the best tools (Snapon) give the best service.


-Jason Muir

Always fair and friendly.


-Nancy Mangione

Rick's is great...easy to work with...find a way to help you out and just good work! Give them a try and see first hand!


-Tim Morse

Doing business with them for a few years...real good.


-Ron Sutherland

Went to Rick's for minor car exhaust work and my yearly inspection, which turned up an issue with the brake lights. They were able to get me back on the road quickly and at a fair price. I would highly recommend Rick's for anyone looking for auto service in Front Royal.


-Neil Wood

I had a bit of work done on an old 1992 Geo Prism over several days. I think the labor was fair and they were friendly as a neighbor to me. They definitely went the extra mile. Total cost to me was about $500 for the parts/labor/inspections. I was impressed.


-Daniel Sutton

Honest people, waiting room has tv, coffee, family atmosphere.


-Jennifer Collins
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