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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 Main Street Auto & Tire 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 Main Street Auto & Tire 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. Main Street Auto & Tire Service has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



What People Say About Us


  • -Chad G.

    Words can't describe the wonderful service Andy provides to his customers.


  • -Gary C.

    Hats off to Andy and his mechanics. I got once again top notch service on my vehicle and my wife's vehicle all before noon on a FRIDAY!!! Wow Andy and the guys have always gave the best service, going the extra mile and front bumper to back bumper checked it all for just an oil change price. It's nice to have an in town friendly place to have your vehicle serviced and know your in good hands. Thanks again.


  • -Jason B.

    Andy and the team always take care of my cars and give me a heads up with anything is needing serviced. Great team and great service.


  • -Ron A.

    Andy and his team are simply the best! He has taken care of our family vehicles for many years without fail. If you are looking for an honest mechanic or tire dealer, they actually do still exist and he is right here in Elwood! Thank you for the many times you have helped me and my family.


  • -Angelikke P.

    I have experienced nothing but phenomenal service whenever I take my car here. I am always welcomed with genuine smiles on their faces! They truly enjoy the job and the help they can give to others. I highly recommend Main Street Auto & Tire to everyone you will certainly not be disappointed.


  • -Kassi S.

    Very laid back atmosphere. they do a quality job and their prices are fair. I will be going here for years to come.


  • -Michelle M.

    Andy and his mechanics are awesome. I blew the water pump in my truck and they fixed it. They are amazing. They care they you have a life and try to get your issues fixed in a timely manner.


  • -Melonie G.

    The service here is excellent! Took my car in for some problems, they found what was wrong and fixed it within a day or two! Excellent prices for the work they do! I will definitely take my car back when needed!!


  • -Contrail C.

    I would like to take this moment to Thank Andy and his mechanic's @ Main Street Tires for fixing my car today. I needed a new transmission line, A new tire and a alignment. I am very grateful! for everyone's help today, Thanks a Million for getting me back on the road fellas.


  • -Jerry S.

    Andy and the guys are awesome, They give great service and they always go above and beyond to get you back up and going as quick as they can! Highly recommend them to anyone.


  • -Matt P.

    Good and honest auto mechanics. They tell you what the problem is and fix it. The owner even gave me a ride to work since I was running late after I had to drop my car off. Fair prices and a good turn around time too. Far and away better than Elwood tire. Elwood tire didn't even have a mechanic that could diagnose a transmission issue I was having. Main Street Auto & Tire gave me answers the very next day and how to proceed. Good on them.


  • -Richard O.

    Good service at a very competitive price, backs up their work! they listen to your problem to find the right solution to your needs.


  • -Jason B.

    Great service and they will tell you everything that they find and let you know estimates before they fix it. I don?t trust my truck with anyone else.


  • -Michelle R.

    Very friendly! First time ever being in there! I will be going back! That's for putting on my tires!


  • -Erika S.

    Great Mechanics, super friendly, and affordable!


  • -Eric C.

    Great service, nice people and a good place to have your car worked on.


  • -Zachary A.

    My alternator failed while I was traveling through Elwood on my way to Atlanta, GA. Main Street auto showed up with a tow almost immediately (it was the shortest I've ever waited for a tow in my life). The owner found apart and got it installed in my vehicle within a few hours, getting me back on the road the same day. The owner was funny and seemed like a real family man. All of the service techs in the garage were knowledgeable and efficient. I had a very good experience here.?


  • -Chad G.

    Words can't describe the wonderful service Andy provides to his customers.

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