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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 North County Import Specialist.



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 North County Import Specialist.



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. North County Import Specialist has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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Testimonials

  • Glenn and the crew did a great job in determining the cause of an electrical issue I was having with truck. The work was completed quickly and they saved me money. Thanks for all of your dedication. Keep up the good work
    -Terry P.

  • I have been taking my Honda to Glenn for years. I trust him completely. Every issue I've ever had has been resolved entirely. Very satisfied customer! I recommended him to my family and would say the same to anyone else who owns an import!
    -Jessee M.

  • I stopped in to check prices and scheduling. Prices are very good and I scheduled appointment for the next day. Upon arrival, I was greeted immediately and my service was completed in half an hour. I am very happy with every aspect of my experience and will be returning with my other vehicle. Good service, good price and good people. All I could ask for. Thanks.
    -Jim T.

  • Great service, excellent work and a good price. These folks can be trusted to do the right thing and I'll never go anywhere else.
    -John J.

  • Just brought my daughters car in for service the other day and couldn't be happier. Great service, honest people and fair price. We will be bringing all our vehicles here. Thank you North County Import Specialist!
    -Rebecca B.

  • I trust Glen with my car and cash! He's straight forward and honest about needed repairs without upselling, and his prices are fair. I always leave North County Imports with peace of mind that my car is at its best.
    -Tracey A.

  • I knew that when I met Glenn that I could trust him, not only as an honest person but a qualified mechanic. He has a wall of industry certificates to show his formal training and years of experience to complement that.
    -Martin M.

  • I have been going to North County Import Specialists for years. It is very comforting to know that Glenn (owner) and Art are honest (no upselling) and prices are fair. I trust them completely! My family and friends have expressed much gratitude to me for telling them about this terrific business. I agree with an earlier review -- service with the highest integrity!
    -Gale A.

  • Had a great experience at North County Import Specialists - staff was great, prices were just right and service was quick. Definitely will be back!
    -Kirsten P.

  • Service with the highest integrity! I have never questioned a repair quote in all the years I have been taking my Toyota trucks to Glen and the crew. I hope they never change from what makes them stand out most, excellence in the basics!!
    -Curtis W.

  • Its hard to find an honest mechanic. But here you always know you are going to get an honest assessment and recommendation. I'm not going anywhere else. Thank you!
    -Janee H.

  • I'm glad I found NCIS. For years I've been using the car dealership for my car's service, but no more! This was my third visit and each time Glenn and his crew did a great job. There is no pressuring to sell. Very low key, honest service.
    -C. W.

  • Glenn and his group are an unbelievably honest and thorough group of mechanics. I took my car to Nissan slash Infiniti in Oceanside and was told I needed Brakes in the rear and brake fluid changed. I took it to Glen who is my regular mechanic and he said the brakes in the rear we're fine and the brake fluid had been flushed and added about seven thousand miles ago. The charge for this information - $0.
    -Michael P.

  • I tried to save money and not take Glens advice. Mistake. Ended up paying more. I love having a mechanic that I trust! He's always the one I'll take my car too.
    -Chris M.

  • Great place to take your car. Staff is very friendly and honest! Been going here for years.
    -Catherine M.

  • I had heard good things about North County Import Specialists, so I decided to take my car there and made an appointment. Their waiting room was nice and they had my (routine) service done in no time. I felt their prices were fair and the quality of work is excellent. I look forward to using them for all my car maintenance needs.
    -Kerri W.