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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 Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists.



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 Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists.



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. Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.




what our customers say

We've been going to Pro Trans for over 20 years & always have good experiences. I want to thank Michael for his personal service all these years. They've replaced engines & transmissions in two of our vehicles. There is no job too small or too big, so far. They don't even mind working on our raised truck with a 6 inch lift! Thanks again for your the great work!
J
, 01/15/2022

I was nervous about finding a shop to work on my truck since there are so many shady mechanics out there, but Protrans ended up doing an amazing job. They were great about communicating with me throughout the whole process as well. I believe I paid a fair price for the repair and they didn't try to sell me a bunch of service that I don't need. I will certainly be using them in the future if I need to.
R
, 01/14/2022

The crew at Protrans replaced my fuel tank after thrives drilled a hole in my existing tank and had my truck back to me in a day and a half. Thanks again!
G
, 01/13/2022

Courteous, professional and friendly staff at ProTrans. Transparent pricing and estimates. Super quick one day turnaround on the work done. Will return for future service and repairs. Thanks!!
J
, 12/23/2021

The team at Protrans are professional and service minded. They performed a synthetic oil change on my sister's Chevy Cruze swiftly and seamlessly. It was my first time using this company and I will definitely be going back. A shout out of thanks to Jeff, Manny, Haley and the the entire Protrans team!
L
, 12/21/2021

Prompt friendly service. They let me make an appointment. Explained services well.
R
, 12/17/2021

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