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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 Sloan's Automotive.



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 Sloan's Automotive.



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. Sloan's Automotive has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



What People Say About Us


  • -Erich S.

    My entire family has been HUGE fans for the better part of 20 years! Great service and people! Highly recommend!!!!!


  • -Amy N.

    Always honest and friendly. Quality work and great results! Would recommend to everyone.


  • -David M.

    Always friendly, knowledgeable, and fair. Best service in town. I LOVE that they give back to the community.


  • -Kris H.

    I love these guys! They take care of you and always have smiles on their faces. The expertise of their work, the timeliness of the work done and the trust is important to me and they accomplish all of that. Thanks to Kenny, Will, Jim and Terry and those whose names I don't know but do an awesome job!


  • -Maureen T.

    The work needed is presented with upfront and honest information. They diagnosed issues specific to the problems I went in for, nothing more. Also seems like a trusted neighborhood resource for a lot of DIYers who couldn't complete work in their driveway. Trustworthy.


  • -Peter B.

    Excellent service. I was calling for an inspection on a vehicle 2000 miles away. It?s a first car for my son and they made me comfortable that everything was in good working order and a safe vehicle. Kind good people- highly recommended!


  • -Misty S.

    I came here to Sloan's to get my car looked at. I'm beyond impressed! Will, the gentleman who was at the counter treated me with the greatest costumer service. He was friendly, knowledgeable and funny! Their bathroom was unbelievably clean and smelled great! Very woman friendly! I recommend Sloan's to everyone needing their car fixed!


  • -Allen K.

    I have been using these guys now for almost 10 years. Just when you think they have done their best for you they step it up again. On the way to sell my van it breaks down. the sale hangs in the balance. Call Kenny and in 6 hours its towed repaired and ready to go. He stayed late on his time to fix it. Where you going get that service? Nowhere but here. Thank you guys. Can't say enough. My Shop for auto repair. 10+.


  • -Alfredo B.

    Great service, honest and do a great job communicating with you on progress of your vehicle. I like getting a copy of the diagnostic sent to me through text via a link.


  • -Anthony C.

    Great place to get a car serviced. The office area was nice and welcoming. Every encounter I had with an employee was a great experience. Honest and reliable work. I really appreciate their hospitality.


  • -Lora K.

    The shop is always clean, Prices are reasonable, Staff is always pleasant -- would highly recommend!


  • -Mark S.

    Always honest and prices are fair. They quickly fixed an A/C issue that two other garages and the dealer couldn't figure out. They get all my work and my referrals.


  • -Alex R.

    Fair, transparent, friendly, efficient, accommodating. All words not commonly associated with mechanics, Sloan's embodies them. It's always a pleasure to see Jim, and this shop is always busy (a good sign)! Last time I went for a diagnostic and oil change, I grabbed a bite next door at the Fillin' station. Done in an hour.


  • -Drachecka B.

    Friendly, helpful & reasonably priced. I would recommend to family, friends & associates.


  • -Lisa S.

    Very honest and trustworthy. Was upfront about a potentially costly repair, but when an easier route worked out, they let me know and I ended up with a much cheaper option. Very happy with their service and communication. I'd use these mechanics again in a heartbeat.


  • -Robert K.

    Professional and certified. Quality shop to take your vehicle to, especially if you plan to keep it long term. They assess problems especially well and discuss all solutions with you ahead of time. Highly recommend!


  • -Melanie J.

    Excellent Service! Very Reliable & Knowledgeable Team! Will recommend Sloan's Automotive to ALL my family and friends! Thank you :)


  • -Mark C.

    First time customer with an immediate and unscheduled vehicle problem. I initially chatted online with Sloan?s, and from then on received excellent treatment, clear communication, and successful repairs were completed by COB the following day. Diagnosis was first sent to me via email, with a follow up call. Necessary work was identified, with other less critical issues deferred for another day. At checkout, the charges were exactly as specified in the initial conversation, and the vehicle has performed very well since. Sloan?s earned more business from my four-car family with this engagement.


  • -Alejandro E.

    Highly recommended! Responsible, honest people and high quality service, I can safely say you will not be let down. If Kenny or Jim or anyone at Sloan's sees this please give a big hug to Ann from Raquel and me! We're in New Orleans now and the car has had no issues at all. Thanks to all the team!


  • -Erich S.

    My entire family has been HUGE fans for the better part of 20 years! Great service and people! Highly recommend!!!!!

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