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602-997-2006 | 915 W Hatcher Rd #3138

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, Phoenix, AZ

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 Art's Family Auto 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 Art's Family Auto 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. Art's Family Auto Repair 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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Art is fantastic. He is fair and does awesome work.

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I have been going to Art for over 10 years, my brother and sister have also used him. We have a Toyota Prius, and and Infinity. Art has done great work for us, he always makes room if we have an urgent need. He has found some things and told us "no charge." Some things he finds, but says it is good for now, will need to be fixed in another 10k miles. He is honest and a pleasure to work with.

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We have taken both our vehicles and our motor home to Art's and the care and attention to detail that he and his crew have shown for our vehicles is exemplary. You never have to question what was done, as Art will show you the photos he took to explain the problem and show the solution. I recently brought my car into Art's for routine maintenance. While there, I mentioned to Art that when I turned my right turn signal on the dome light lit. He called within two hours to say that he could permanently fix the problem; the part would be close to $300.00, or I could turn the left blinker assembly knob, 1/4 turn towards me and everything would work perfectly. He was right and he saved me $300. We absolutely would not take our vehicles anywhere else. Art is efficient, work is done in a very timely manner, he is honest and treats customers as if they were family, giving the very best and at a fair price.

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Excellent auto mechanics. Owner is caring, courteous, and honest. Pricey but honestly and stands behind their work. Highly recommend.

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My other half took our car in for some work, and these guys saved us so much time, money and hassle. Gave us a straight price- no range, no guessing. No other shop would do that- we called 5. When something else popped up, he gave him every option. Tried to charge instead of automatically replace our battery to save us money. Friendly and knowledgeable. We'll never go anywhere else.

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Good fast work done on my car. Affordable prices. Art will show you what's been done to your car, what you need fixed now, and what can wait until later. Very honest guy

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The best mechanics--honest, knowlegable and nice. So reasonable and timely. Trust them implicitly. Art explains everything thoroughly and shows you the "why" something needs fixing. Cared for my cars for years. A recommendation from a friend whose family used them for decades. I have recommended them to lots of friends who have had the same excellent experience.

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Fair, honest, and reliable. Great mechanic, and very friendly. My new go-to for my vehicles.

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The best auto mechanic I have visited. He keeps the customer informed of the needed to be done on the car. He's very fair, reliable, and thorough

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Art gives courteous, honest, thorough, fine quality service at very reasonable prices. Knowing you can trust your car with him is priceless.

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