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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 Southaven Car Care.



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 Southaven Car Care.



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. Southaven Car Care has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.




What Our Customers Are Saying

This shop does all my maintenance. Does it right the first time.


-Becca B.

Best Automotive shop in Southaven!!


-J.R.

Thanks guys for getting me back on the road at such a fair and honest price. You are the bomb diggity.


-Byron J.

I have known Tom the owner for a long time he has always taken care of my vehicles well! Never had a problem! Matter of fact I'm taking another car to him soon for a oil leak!!


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Very friendly and professional, they do great work and they explain why they need to do what they are going to do.


-Peggy M.

Very friendly atmosphere! They're very knowledgeable and the prices are reasonable. I'm returning for the second time and wouldn't take my vehicle anywhere else for repairs.


-Michael C.

Lesson learned today: go to Southaven Car Care first! I went to three other places thinking I had a minor problem and all three offered different opinions of the problem which none of them repaired because I continued to experience various degrees of the problem. Southaven Car Care correctly diagnosed the problem, repaired the problem and had me back on the road before lunch time. Great way to do business guys - thank you.


-Sara S.

Top-notch service with polite and professional personnel, who truly care about your experience with them. We have taken both of our autos to them for several years and trust them completely. These are honest, hard-working auto technicians, who will give you a fair price and great service, which is difficult to find in their industry. They have earned our trust and loyalty and my wife and I plan to continue taking our vehicles to them whenever we need automotive repair work.


-Aaron R.

Been taking my families vehicles for years to Tom and Chris and would never hesitate to recommend them to anyone! Professional and courteous service. 100% satisfaction!


-Bobby M.

Fast, prompt and professional service. I would take my vehicle to the business again. Great job Southaven car care. I just think the check out fee should be waived if you use this service, after the vehicle has been diagnosed.


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I had a very good experience. Southaven Car Care gave me great service with expert service from everyone involved in the repairs of my Truck and my wife's car.


-Kenneth B.

My experience here was fantabulous! They did a wonderful job on my truck. Great price the entire staff fantastic, from now on I have a place to get my vehicle worked on. Yes I would recommend them to anyone, if they cannot fix your vehicle I am sure they will probably recommend someone else. Thanks so much, not just a 5 star rating double that.


-Victoria C.

I had a wonderful experience with Southaven Car Care! My A/C went out on my car during the heat wave. I called them after lunch and they have replaced several things that went bad over the years. Customer service from Chris and the staff were great!


-Justin H.

...A great interaction, great service. Honest, quick and dependable. Highly recommended for your auto care needs.


-Jamey G.

Very professional and up front about what services were needed and what the cost would be. Highly recommend them.


-Matt H.

My family has used Southaven Car Care for 10 years. They have the most courteous staff and all their mechanics are certified so I know I am getting the best service!! They will always call me to let me know how much it will be to fix my vehicles before they work on them! I trust them so much that when my truck broke down out of town, I had it towed to them!!! Southaven Car Care guys, YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!


-Marilyn

Best auto repair shop I've ever had to do work for me. Did everything I expected and more. Fixed a problem that the dealer couldn't fix. Thanks Tom and staff, job well done!!


-Thomas
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