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540-636-4040 | 232 S Royal Ave Front Royal, VA 22630

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

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

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I stopped by Rick's during the snow last week because my oil pan shield was dragging on the ground. Even though the sign said they were closed, they helped me. I went back yesterday to have a new shield installed. I think I've found my new home to work on my car. The customer service and the work are the best! They are definitely a great example of people helping each other, especially this time of year. Thanks Rick Jasper, and all the other employees.

, 12/23/2020

reviewiconFront Royal, VA

Just moved in the area. Called Rick's Auto for Safety Inspection. Spoke to Jasper and he advised me to be there at 7:50am to fill out the paperwork and he could do the inspection at 8am, when they opened. Outstanding service, they did the Safety Inspection and I was out of there at 8:30. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, specially Jasper. Will take all my autos there for maintenance and service.

, 12/10/2020

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Rick, Jasper, Mark, & staff, Just wanted to let you all know about the fantastic job you all did on my '92 Ford E-150 Mark III van. It literally runs and sounds brand new. The engine is so quiet I can barely hear it. The hesitation when you give it throttle is gone and everything is performing as it should now. Thanks again for keeping all my vehicles running great. Take care and we'll see you all down the road when I need service again.

, 08/24/2020

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My family just purchased our 2nd vehicle from Rick's. The 1st one is still running strong . We noticed a Explorer on the lot that was clean and runs smooth. And the price was more than reasonable we could not pass it up. Perfect vehicle for our daughter who will be commuting to school.

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Took my car in for grinding sound in my brakes got me right in and fixed my up. Great staff. Honest and family oriented. I will definitely go there again. Thank you!

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Great service there today. A very friendly staff in the office also. Thank you for your customer service. We do not see enough of that these days.

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