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



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Testimonials

  • If you want honesty and quality work go see Dale,Eric, and the boys at Barnes Towing.
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  • Highly recommended. I recently had a repair done on my daughter's car. The price was good and the work was done within a day. Very happy with the quality of the work.
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  • Barnes is trustworthy and very reasonable with cost of repairs.
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  • My 10 year old car that keeps breaking down on me sounds a runs like brand new. Price was great for everything they did, and they got it done fast.
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  • Towed my sons car after a minor accident. Service and communication was prompt and nicely executed. I'd have no reservations recommending this business! Thank you very much!
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  • Had a flat tire on 75N at 12:30 in the morning in West Chester. Not wanting to change a tire on the interstate at night, I called Barnes and they came promptly and towed my car to a nearby tire shop. The driver also let me and my family drive ahead in our other car (while he hooked up the car to be towed) so as to get us off the side of the road asap.
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  • Barnes has always given us great service at a great price. Not many "small town" type shops left in the world but this is one of them. I'd always rather give business to hometown shops than big corporate chains any day but Barnes definitely earns my business by just being really good. Thanks for the great service. (A friend of mine recommended this shop to me a couple of years ago and I haven't been anywhere else since then).
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  • Great service and definitely going back next time.
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  • I have been here many times, this is the most honest auto service that I known, never push for unnecessary repair. Price is very reasonable, highly recommended. Good customer service too.
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  • Very Honest Repair Shop in Mason! They only do necessary repairs with the cheapest price in Mason. Also, their repair services are always trustful and good quality jobs.
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  • I called to have my car towed today. The gentleman on the phone was extremely courteous and professional. He gave me a time frame when someone could come and the worker came out with the tow truck at the expected time. The worker used his knowledge and experience to actually get the car started. He was courteous and professional as well. From my experience, I would definitely recommend them to others.
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  • Great experience with this company today. Set the expectations on the phone and was prompt with tow truck arrival. Went above and beyond to help me out with a tow and vehicle diagnosis. Treated me as if I was family. Highly recommend.
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