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 Harry's Auto Service Center.



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 Harry's Auto Service Center.



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. Harry's Auto Service Center has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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TESTIMONIALS

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Absolutely the most phenomenal service. I had an estimate of $1600 to fix the power steering & because of a lot of rust underneath, a few other things that went with it. When I picked up the car, my bill was only $1400, they didnt have to change the serpentine belt. So that saved me about $200. Its not the first time my final bill was less than the estimate. And they fixed a ($400 job) problem with my exhaust,no charge to me. I have been taking my car there for a long time & I will never take it anywhere else.
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They are honest and in the price range or less than other places.
, 01/25/2017

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Great group of guys, walk you thru the process, some of the best help around!
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Paul installed my new exhaust himself, and did an excellent job! Welds look great. Sounds even better too! For the first time, I am happy with it! Paul is a good guy, and I plan on going back for more service.
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The staff at Harry's Auto Service Center are great. They are professional, friendly, and honest. They don't try to sell you on products or repairs that you don't need or aren't necessary. The work they do is done very quickly and done very well. I would highly recommend taking your vehicle to them for any repairs.
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I had an emergency, needed my brakes done in a matter of hours as I was leaving on a trip. Called them, went right in and they finished in record time. It was a very safe trip, thanks Kate and all for helping me and oh I was given a loaner car!
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I see a few comments about female treatment in the thread here, so I'll chime in. I certainly will never let my wife bring in her car without me and here is why. First, they have way more tools than me, what are they trying to do, make me look like an inferior male?! As a matter of a fact, one day I brought my turd of an import in because of some coolant system issues and had them take a peek at it. They didn't have the necessary tools for the job, so do you know what they did? They bought the expensive tool to ensure the job was done correctly!! Ok, great, cater to my family's every need, again making me look like a bum! Secondly, they treat her with dignity and respect, again, what are they trying to do, make me look like a pig?? Then, they are always in communication with us and are spot on when it comes to the dollar amount. Now they are pulling honesty card making my wife question how truthful I am with her. And lastly, a majority of these fellas are dashingly handsome, especially that Paul guy. Like, I think one day in an internal debate to choose between a modeling career or to become a mechanic, it came down to a coin toss, heads he's a mechanic, tails he's a model...luckily for me...it was heads. All this being said, I fear if my wife goes in without me, she won't come back home. So, just to be safe, I will take my car in to get all of this amazing treatment, because us guys deserve to be pampered every now and then too. I seriously can't trust a mechanic any further than I could throw him, but these fellas here are the only one that I would ever take my vehicle to. It isn't just me, my whole family feels the same way too! Don't get me started on how well they treat my mother...because I am getting sick of hearing "Dustin I wish Dylan was my son instead of you, he knows how to treat a mother!"


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Recently got a much needed tune up service was great loaned me a car to go to work came back paid a fair price and the van runs great thank you Dylan and the rest of the staff
, 01/28/2017

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I had my muffler fixed and welded in December. They told me when I left that the weld may break because it was so cold outside and new welds sometimes do that. They also said that if that happened to bring it back and they would fix it for free. Well it did break and when I called they told me bring it in. It was fixed in less than an hour and did not cost a thing. They were awesome and I will be recommending Harry's to all my friends and family!
, 03/18/2017

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Won't take my Subie anywhere else! The most reputable place in town.
, 04/06/2017

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Harry's auto service is the best in the biz!!! Friendly and professional service at a really good rate!!! That's why I trust Harry's with all my automotive repairs!!!
, 05/04/2017

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Honest hard working crew here at Harry's. I'd recommend them anytime.
, 05/05/2017

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Friendly service. Trustworthy and affordable. I was charged what I was quoted.
, 06/21/2017

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Won't go anywhere else! Dylan & the crew are the greatest!
, 11/14/2017

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Cleanest shop in town! Amazing technicians that know what there doing. Super fast service! Will be back!!
, 01/17/2018

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Awesome service, and extremely kind guys. They put a great sounding exhaust on my Ram in only 30 mins, and for a great price. Couldn't be happier.
, 03/06/2018

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They put a performance exhaust on my car they were fast and professional did awesome Job I'll be back if ever need anything done to my exhaust again think the guys name was Dylan thanks again! ??
, 03/10/2018

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Did a great job and communicated with me every step of the way. I'll definitely be coming back when I need more work. Thanks.
, 04/25/2018

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These guys went above and beyond to get my car in working order. Excellent communication, super friendly, incredibly knowledgeable, quick turnaround, and all at a very fair price.
, 05/25/2018

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Always great service
, 07/06/2018

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Best shop in town! I wouldn?t trust my vehicle with anyone other than Dylan and the guys at Harry?s!
, 07/07/2018

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Cleanest shop in town! Amazing technicians that know what there doing. Super fast service! Will be back!!


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Best shop in town! I wouldn't trust my vehicle with anyone other than the guys at Harry's!


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I recommend Harry's to anybody, they are very honest very professional and fast work.


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Great professional service! Fast and accurate diagnosis, fair prices,keep up the great work!


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Very Friendly- Fast service!


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Did a great job and communicated with me every step of the way. I'll definitely be coming back when I need more work. Thanks.


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These guys went above and beyond to get my car in working order. Excellent communication, super friendly, incredibly knowledgeable, quick turnaround, and all at a very fair price.


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They were awesome and I will be recommending Harry's to all my friends and family!


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The staff at Harry's Auto Service Center are great. They are professional, friendly, and honest.


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We have been taking our vehicles here for years. They have always done good by us and even worked with us to get repairs done.