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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 G.B.E. Performance Automotive.



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 G.B.E. Performance Automotive.



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. G.B.E. Performance Automotive has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



  • WE APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS!

What People Say About Us


  • -Benton S.

    Took our Jeep Liberty to GBE for an oil leak. Turns out there was no oil leak, the oil filter was just not screwed on tight enough. They tightened the oil filter NO CHARGE!!! Other work I've had done was timely and at a fair price.


  • -John M.

    We had the low tire pressure light come on today, so we stopped in to have them check it out. We had a nail reMoved from one tire, and replaced the two back ones before we made our trip here, so we needed to get it checked out. One of the guys working came out to greet us and after I told him the story, he had us pull in to a stall. He checked the pressure in all 4 and one was a little low. He explained that even only being 3# low would trigger the the light. He aired us up and said "don't worry about it" when I offered to pay him. These guys had a very clean shop, and whenever I'm back down this way, I'll be going to them for any repair work


  • -Angela B.

    I've used GBE for several years. These guys are always honest and helpful. I have never had one issue with this shop. Most importantly, quote matched my final price and repair was done in a timely manner . When I picked my vehicle up one of the guys informed me that I really needed to take my car in for my air bag recall. He explained to me some things he had witnessed with faulty airbags. I made that appointment next!! It's nice that people go out of their way to point you in the right direction. I've had , oil changes, inspections, oxygen sensor replaced, ac compressor and starter all replaced with GBE. Prices are always fair. Support a local business! !


  • -Bryan S.

    ixed my car well and was at great price....honest home town guys


  • -Justin A.

    I purchased a Diablo Sport Intune Programmer from here. They also tuned it to my 2013 Chrysler 300s 5.7 Hemi really unlocking it's true power, while also giving me great customer service. Will recommend to others!


  • -Amanda B.

    Fixed my car super fast, price was what was quoted, and the staff were honest and helpful. I would defiantly use them again.


  • -Kenneth P.

    Every single time I have brought my or my wife's vehicle here, they fixed whatever the problem was and never once tried to overcharge or overfix a thing. This places has always treated me with complete respect and this is the only place that I trust my wife will be able to drop off a vehicle and be treated with the utmost respect on the island. I am happy to have found this mechanic.


  • -Shane S.

    Best service. This is now my go to mechanic!!!


  • -Josh B.

    The guys here were great. I had to drop my car off because I had car trouble on my way to the hospital. They were able to get it back to me the next day. The price was also good as it compared favorably with what others had paid on line. The guys here seem to do good work, charge a fair price, and run an all around good business.


  • -Benton S.

    Took our Jeep Liberty to GBE for an oil leak. Turns out there was no oil leak, the oil filter was just not screwed on tight enough. They tightened the oil filter NO CHARGE!!! Other work I've had done was timely and at a fair price.

WE APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS!

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