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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 Pro Tune Plus.



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 Pro Tune Plus.



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. Pro Tune Plus has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.




What Our Customers Are Saying

We were travelling across the country and had an engine light come on and still 2 states to go through. They took care of us and got us on the toad again. Thanks Pat and Joe.


-Trixie R

These guys have been really great to work with and very honest. I haven't had a mechanic this good in years. So glad I found your place.


-Trudy J.

I highly recommend Pro Tune Plus based on my experience. I was driving from Virginia to Saskatchewan in January and my AWD system in my volvo xc 70 failed. I was stuck in a strange town and unsure of where to take my car. Both AAA and the staff at the Marriott Residence Inn seemed to think Pro Tune Plus would be decent. I was more than impressed with their service and the options offered in getting me back on the road. They did a great job; show impeccable attention to detail; and understood my need to get my car fixed and back to grad school quickly and cheaply. Fixing a Volvo in an area where there aren't alot of Volvos was scary for me but it worked out great!


-Rob P.

Excellent service! I went here to get my car checked before I moved back home and it was one of the best car services I've ever had. Joe was affable, professional, and efficient in his work. It didn't take long for the service to be finished, and he even put on some zip ties on the front of my ripped bumper to prevent it from getting damaged on the long ride home-for free! If you want quality service that's fast and professional, I highly recommend Pro Tune Plus.


-Holly B.

Absolutely incredible. Pro Tune Plus came through hard for us on our travels. We broke down in ND, are from Canada and Joe, Pat, Mayson and Nathan were the real MVP's who got us fixed up and back on the road in no time at all. Each one of them were SO compassionate, empathetic and did everything in their power to help myself and my friend get back on the road as quickly and safely as possible. Everything from personally driving us around town, and personally offering up a place for us to stay. Their efficiency and mechanic work is second to none and I would recommend ANYONE to not only get their vehicle fixed by Pro Tune Plus but to also even just have the pleasure of meeting these incredibly kind people. It was the best of a crappy situation to have had them come along our path. They give me faith in humanity and I from the bottom of my heart can't even put into words how wonderful of a business Pro Tune Plus is. Number one in North Dakota by a long stretch.


-Rebecca C.

Saved my Duck Hunt! Great people. Accommodated my two dogs while they fixed my van. Got me back on the road and had no further problems. I highly recommend this group for any travelers with car or truck problems.


-Rick T.

Service was awesome and if you haven't been here I recommend giving them a try. They were courteous and very professional. They diagnosed the problem and fixed it right the first time every time I have been here.


-Jason S.

Joe and the staff were fantastic! We were on a road trip on a time schedule and got to the shop later in the day. Without asking, Joe stayed an extra 45 minutes after hours so that we could continue with our trip. We even got to play some old school NES as we waited.


-Austin B.

What a great place! Got me in so fast. Was happy with all the work done for me. Such nice guys to know. Highly Recommend them.


-Sajara D.
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