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701-224-1638 | 828 Airport Rd Bismarck, ND 58504

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

I needed a comprehensive pre-purchase inspection to buy a car sight unseen from the next state over. I am so grateful I found Pat and Joe. Not only did they do a great job trouble-shooting with honesty and integrity, they were really fun to work with! They went over and beyond to give me the best info possible to make a decision, then fixed the issues for a fair price. They were willing to keep the car for me an extra week, discussed all the details as we went along, and provided a peace of mind I couldn't have purchased the car without. HIGHLY recommend this outfit! Thanks, guys!

, 11/09/2020

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What a great experience we had with Pro Tune Plus! We were stranded nearby as we were driving through after a badlands camping trip when we noticed that 3 of 6 tire studs had sheared off, and only 1 of 3 remaining lug nuts were tight. We had AAA tow our truck to Pro Tune Plus on a Saturday afternoon, and I called Monday morning when they opened after the weekend and they said they would get it done that day, an easy inexpensive fix, and that was exactly how it turned out! We had since taken a cab to rent a car at the airport and drove home, and they took it the extra mile and parked our truck at the airport for us so we could drop off the rental car that night and not have to take a cab to pick up the truck at the shop, thank you!!

, 07/02/2020

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I called Pro Tune Plus just for some information regarding automotive wiring. The fellow I talked to was extremely helpful and pleasant, and spent a few minutes with me on the phone without seeming rushed even without any indication from me that I would be bringing my project in for them to work on. I am impressed that he genuinely was interested in sharing his knowledge with me and that he answered my questions to my satisfaction. Although I don't currently have need of the service Pro Tune Plus provides, the interaction I had with them ensures that the next time I do need it, they will be the call I make. Thank You for the gracious attitude, and information!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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