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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 LTM Auto Truck & Trailer.



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 LTM Auto Truck & Trailer.



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. LTM Auto Truck & Trailer has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



What People Say About Us


  • -Ahmed Z.

    Amazing service, amazing staff, and amazing pricing, the only shop that would touch my car besides the dealership. They figured out the electrical issue and fixed it in less then an hour and then showed me how to fix it if it happened again. I am now a life long customer and will refer every person who asks me where they should take their care to get fixed.


  • -Taisha A.

    I wouldn?t go anywhere else! I?ve been a customer for years. Honest, hardworking people there. Great service every time. Even over at their Quick Lube location in Auburn Hills.


  • -William H.

    I always enjoy bringing my van here for service. They take good care of it and take me home to wait if needed and pick me up when van is ready. All employees are very pleasant, there are snacks and coffee and tv if you are waiting.


  • -Ralph P.

    Had i front break hang up & was cherry red they found the part & repaired the brakes & got me on my way for a decent price! It was a motorhome & the dealers wouldn't touch it! Hope i don't have to use them again but if you do you will be HAPPY!


  • -Earnest R.

    I have never written a review before but LTM is one of the most friendliest, qualified and knowledgeable "state of the art" repair facilities in the world. Thank you for taking all the time and patience to repair my truck.


  • -Mike B.

    Everyone is literally awesome, and the mechanics have done a very thorough and solid job.


  • -Mark L.

    The only shop I'll take my bus to have it repaired. Fast and friendly service. Great staff.


  • -Miggie D.

    Love the staff. Fantastic work. Very happy!


  • -Josh S.

    Awesome staff, great price, and they knew their stuff, look forward to doing more business with them


  • -Mark P.

    I dropped off my motor home for what I thought was a simple exhaust leak problem. It turned out to be much more complicated than we thought. The technician agreed to stay late that night to get it fixed so I could leave on a planned cross-country trip. I was very pleased with their service.


  • -John

    Always good to know I can trust the people that work on my vehicle. I have been to other shops and drug through the mud of it needs this and that. LTM was honest with what needed to be fixed and what could wait. Their free inspection showed me all angles of the car and what I couldn't see. Very impressed, I will be back next time I need repairs.


  • -Ashley R.

    Found out I didn't need a new car!! Old Betsy is all fixed up! Thanks LTM, I will be back!

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