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  • Mon 8:00AM - 5:00PM
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  • Wed 8:00AM - 5:00PM
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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 West End Garage.



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 West End Garage.



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. West End Garage has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



What People Say About Us

Little Rock
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    , 09/10/2022

    Just used West End Garage for the first time this week. I was VERY happy! Their prices were very reasonable and they kept me informed of the progress of the work. They were knowledgeable without being arrogant or condescending which is especially refreshing as a woman who understands nothing about vehicles. I have definitely found my go-to mechanic for any future needs. Highly recommend this place for anyone who needs service on their vehicles.

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    , 07/01/2022

    I was quoted a price of over $1700 to have the A/C on my 2009 GMC Sierra repaired by a local large dealership. Budd at West End Garage said he would check it out and there was a good possibility he could fix it without having to replace the compressor. He replaced what he thought was wrong (after calling me and explaining what his plan was). He wound up fixing my A/C for a few dollars more than $300 (saving me more than $1400) The A/C now blows the coldest air it has since I can remember. Not only did they save me a ton of money, but were super nice and informative in the process. Thanks West End Garage.

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    , 05/29/2021

    Friendly, knowledgeable & professional; left classic auto for repair work. Have a great reputation and will share more details after repairs are completed.

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    , 04/23/2021

    They are all very friendly. Cheaper than I expected. I really trust this place.

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    , 03/20/2021

    Send out a message reminding you of your appointment - EXTREMELY HELPFUL!! Also, they do great work and don't charge an arm and a leg. They are usually booked around a month out, so plan accordingly!!

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    , 02/27/2021

    I've been going to Mr. Budd & Ms. Donna along with Mr. Jedd for YEARS!!!

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