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 Newman's Marathon.
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 Newman's Marathon.
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. Newman's Marathon has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.
What People Say About Us
Always thorough and no one can beat their customer service. Love these guys.
Excellent service, do work on my time schedule. Consistent outstanding service.
Wonderful feeling of home town service and atmosphere. Very fair pricing on everything. All staff members are helpful and very knowledgeable and very personable.
I took my car here when I was having some trouble with the brakes. They let me know that there were some other serious issues with the car and, instead of pressuring me to pay them an arm and a leg to fix it and get my car back on the road, they were up front with me and let me know it probably wasn't worthwhile to fix what was essentially a lost cause. They were really friendly and helpful throughout our interactions and I will definitely seek out their services in the future.
I take my van to Newman's for service because I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I will get good, honest care. The owner is local and has an excellent reputation. Their charges are fair and they communicate with you before going ahead with repairs. I recommend them all the time.
This is a great place to get some work done on your car or get gas. Staff is friendly, fair, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. Myself and my family have been going here for years, and we've never had a bad experience.
I've had more than one different issue fixed here, and each time they have given me a good price and got the work done quickly. The one time they didn't quite tighten something enough and it came loose due to bumps in the road and started making noise, they fixed it no charge. I have always been wary of bad mechanics, but these guys have been totally trustworthy. Don't get your car fixed anywhere else.
Probably one of the most reliable and most trustworthy auto repair companies in all of NW Ohio. I have been bringing my auto(s) here since 1991 and the entire Newman's Marathon crew always take care of me and do it with a high level of customer service and expertise. And - if there is an issue that the team thinks needs looked at by another repair agent (like the dealer), they will help prepare the info to share with this other repair agent so they can be efficient in assisting with the needs of the client. Basic service (i.e. Oil Change & Tire Rotation / tire repair / check ups) are probably the best that I have seen in all of Bowling Green and the surrounding area. Cost effective as well as efficient in my schedule. BEST IN THE BUSINESS!