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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

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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 Northwest Performance & Machining.



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 Northwest Performance & Machining.



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. Northwest Performance & Machining has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



What People Say About Us

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    Left my car there while on vacation, kept me informed, car runs great. Fixed a seal, stopped oil leaking, and established I needed a new battery. Thank you, Tracy and Linda Norris!

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    Got us in last minute for some repairs that could have been catastrophic if we continued down the road. They could have easily gouged us knowing we were in a pinch and just trying to get home but were upfront, honest and personable. Would recommend to anyone.

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    Incredibly impressed with the service and how informative our experience was. They were able to get us in on very short notice and explained to us exactly what was going on with my car. I definitely plan on coming back for any mechanical needs that we may have in the future.

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    This shop is absolutely fantastic. These guys went out of their way to fix our problem. We are from Spokane Washington and we needed to get home. These guys worked outside in 30 degree weather to fix our RV so we can make it home. If I'm ever in the area again and need work done these are the first guys that I will go to, to have it completed. The owner even went out of his way to call me to make sure that I made it home okay. Thank you so much for going out of your way to make sure that I made it home and our RV was repaired.

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    Great staff!! Great service!! Had a emergency while traveling and showed up one morning with some work needing to be done and was able to fit me in and get it done. Had my own parts and price was very reasonable. Would definitely recommend this shop.

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    I highly recommend this business, they got me in on very short notice and fixed my car right away. Their prices are fair, and the customer service was phenomenal. I will be coming to them for all of my car maintenance in the future!

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    Cole is great to work with! I had a problem with my wife's care and he was able to find the issue and replace the part. I was able to use the car while we waited for parts. Every aspect of their work was great.

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    This is a great shop!! I had something wrong with my truck and needed to get back to college, I had come home for the weekend, when I was headed back my truck was acting up!! I took it to Northwest Performance it was done quickly and at a fair price!! All the employees are really nice and helpful! Highly recommended!!!

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    Friendly, straightforward, and honest. We were just traveling through and I feared some kind of up sell. Nothing like that happened. I wish I lived in Gillette so I could take my car there all the time.

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    Honest people doing a good job is hard to come by, but they hit the nail on the head. My husband and I will definitely use them again. Friendly staff and a great job done what more could you ask for! Thanks guys.

Call us for service: 307-682-0862

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