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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 Maxi Auto Service.



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 Maxi Auto Service.



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. Maxi Auto Service 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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    , 07/07/2020

    Honest and reasonable. Fast and friendly. Did a great job on my vehicle. Will be back for all my vehicle maintenance and repair.

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    , 07/07/2020

    I started taking my daughters car here after a horrible experience at Firestone down the road. They have been honest and straight forward with us. They made my daughter feel as if she could trust them and their work over the other repair shops around. Keep up the great work!

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    , 07/07/2020

    Both of my children attend UTC. Any time there is an issue with one of their vehicles I have to deal with it remotely. Every time the team at Maxi has taken care of them without question and given us fantastic service. It is hard to find someone who you feel you can trust to do the right thing and treat young customers with professionalism and respect. I recommend the team at Dayton Blvd without question.

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    , 07/07/2020

    I live in central Florida and my son attends UT Chat. He needed some immediate muffler repairs on his truck and as a college kid, he was clueless who to take it to. I found Maxi on the web and read excellent review after review so I sent my son in. I called ahead and spoke with Steve who was extremely kind and very professional. They did an amazing job with honesty and integrity being first at hand. Thanks Steve!! I would definitely recommend this business if your are seeking quality, honest, and professional service.

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    , 07/07/2020

    Maxi was professional and repaired my vehicle in record time! More importantly, they were honest with me about the work needed and the cost beforehand.

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    , 07/07/2020

    Had to get some work done on my car. The mangers there were very helpful and knowledgeable about what needed to be done. I would definitely recommend this place and I am going there whenever I need my car fixed again.

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    , 07/07/2020

    We had to have my husbands truck towed in because of a fuel pump issue. Brian and his guys were AMAZING. They kept us updated on what they found and what it would take to fix it. I would recommend them to ANYONE! We will be using them from here on out for vehicle maintenance.

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    , 07/07/2020

    This is the ONLY repair place that could fix my Mercedes Benz. Brian is the man. I trust no other after a year of nothing but problems and Brian fixed it in 30 minutes.

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    , 07/07/2020

    ook my car in to get brakes fixed and Patrick and his team did an awesome job! No pressure for unnecessary work, great value on final cost of repairs, and excellent service. I will be getting both my cars serviced here from now on.

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    , 07/07/2020

    These guys are true pros in every sense. They are honest, knowledgeable, friendly and hard-working. You aren't going to get anyone trying to rob you or sell you something you don't need here and they do outstanding work. If you need exhaust or brake work done this is the place to go.

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    , 07/07/2020

    I had an entirely new custom exhaust system built and installed on my 1968 Fastback Mustang at the Maxi on Hwy 58. They do excellent work and their prices are very reasonable. Chris is an amazing mechanic and an outstanding welder.

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    , 07/06/2020

    Roger and his team are amazing! I couldn't get to my regular Maxi repair shop, so I decided to go into the East Brainerd store. Maxi's service is top notch no matter what location!

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    , 07/06/2020

    I have brought my car to the East Brainerd location for the last 15 years and I have always had fast and great service. I always refer anyone to them whenever someone I know has a car issue.

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    , 07/07/2020

    Honest and reasonable. Fast and friendly. Did a great job on my vehicle. Will be back for all my vehicle maintenance and repair.

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