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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 Catalano Automotive 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 Catalano Automotive 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. Catalano Automotive Repair has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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  • John and his staff are always amazing! We've brought our cars here a few times and every time it's worked out very well. I had an issue once and the larger National chains were telling me I needed several things done and it was going to cost quite a bit. John checked the car out and said I didn't need half the work that they quoted. Honest, knowledgeable, fairly priced and is willing to explain the problem in a way you will understand if you don't happen to be proficient yourself in auto mechanics. No one wants their car in need of a repair but if you do, this is the place to come!
    -Lee Tr.

  • Been a happy customer for years! John is honest, does an excellent job, and is the only reason my 20 year old car lasted as long as it did. I can't recommend him highly enough!
    -Ellen W.

  • John is a great mechanic. Needed new brakes on my Lexus he did them for considerably less than I was quoted from the Lexus dealership.
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    -John S.

  • John does great work and is very trustworthy. Work is done quickly at a fair price, and he always goes above and beyond.
    -Josh L.

  • Can not say enough about John and his work- honest, straightforward and priced fairly. I recently had my brakes checked and an oil change and he not only did flawless work at a great price, he even brought my car to my house (I live nearby)! Looks like I have found a great repair shop. If you're even thinking about bringing your car to John, I would not hesitate for a second. Great guy and great experience. You won't be sorry.
    -Todd S.

  • At a fair rate and usually in a timely manner you will get your car fixed and will be sure that is fixed and won't come back after couple of days again.
    -Masoud S.

  • A great garage with quick assessment and personable service. John was able to replace my grinding breaks within 24 hours at a fair price. Even tolerated me clumsily dropping pens in the office. Keep up the good work!
    -Jasmes L.

  • John was recommended to me by two of my colleagues at work, and I can see why. John took great care of me and was able to get my car troubles taken care of quickly. His pricing was incredibly fair and my family will be going to him with any future car issues.
    -Brooke B.

  • John did an excellent job on my car. I took it in because of a small gas leak. John quickly assessed the problem and got the job done when other mechanics wouldn't even look. He solved my problem and saved me from having to dump the car. Great work!
    -Isaac G.

  • Quick turnaround and great service at a reasonable price. John is a friendly, knowledgeable, and all around trustworthy guy. Would definitely recommend!
    -Tim A.

  • I've been taking my car to John at Catalano Automotive for over a year and am truly pleased at the service. My vehicle is an important possession that enables me to live, work, and play, and maintaining it's health is critical. John understands that and I always feel he is invested in my vehicle. Quick, friendly, cost effective service.
    -Griffin G.

  • I have been taking my cars to Catalano for years whether it is for routine maintenance or other repairs. John is honest, fair and always helps me to understand what?s going on with my cars. It?s easy to book appointments too. It?s great to have a local mechanic that I can trust. Highly recommend!
    -Debbie B.