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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 Thomsons Auto Repair Inc..



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 Thomsons Auto Repair Inc..



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. Thomsons Auto Repair Inc. has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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What People Say About Us


  • -Dana J.

    Great customer service, always making sure customers are satisfied. They take time to show and explain the repairs. Very down to earth family oriented. Definitely NOT your typical auto shop. Clean bathroom, and beautiful, nice option for snacks or drink and free fresh popcorn while you wait!


  • -Ryan L.

    If I could give more than 5 stars I would. These guys are absolutely great!! They do not nickel and dime you, and they are very honest with their work and recommendations. Had some exhaust work done, and I thought it would take them 3-4 days, judging by how many cars were in the parking lot...nope...done the next day in the afternoon. I was very impressed...price was as quoted with no additional "surprises" in the repair...I found my forever repair place...Thanks to all at Thomson's!!!


  • -Alexander W.

    I took my 2009 Jeep Wrangler into Thomson's, with a whole shopping list of things that went wrong with the vehicle. Shawn and his team worked tirelessly to make sure that my vehicle was fixed properly and quickly, to accommodate my timelines. The customer service was outstanding, and their knowledge behind their work is even better. I could not be more satisfied with the work they have done, and I would recommend them before any other shop around!


  • -Rob P.

    They're always very helpful and very knowledgeable. The prices are reasonable and they're very friendly. They also always explain exactly what's wrong with your car or what they have to do. I would recommend them to anyone.


  • -My Heavenly Home And Paper Crafting

    Thomson's is amazing! Very, very trustworthy. Repairs are always done right, and always done in an excellent amount of time. The prices are always good, and they are ALWAYS willing to talk you through the repairs needed. I would highly recommend Thomson's for all your automotive repair!


  • -Audra D.

    These guys are GREAT!!!!! Even got my car back the next day, problem fixed!!! Very pleased!!!


  • -Jill M.

    They're honest and get the work done when they tell you it will be done. Toyota had issues and I was able to get car fixed at more reasonable price than dealership and get on road faster!!!!


  • -Terry C.

    My wife and I have heard a lot of positive remarks about Thomsons auto repair. I just took my Windstar in for a few repairs and I am pleased with the results. Their price is reasonable and the staff are very informative and friendly. We have further repairs to be done on our vehicles and you can bet we will be taking our vehicles to Thomsons for repairs in the future. I would recommend Thomsons Auto Repairs to everyone we know.

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