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434-239-8473 | 21632 Timberlake Road

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, Lynchburg, VA

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 AID Tire & Auto Repair.



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 AID Tire & Auto Repair.



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. AID Tire & Auto Repair has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.




What Our Customers Are Saying

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They got me in fast in an emergency situation and were very helpful. Prices are reasonable.

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Kid friendly staff! My 2 year old loves to pretend he's a mechanic and run! They were great with him! I was also involved in the process of getting tires on my jeep and they were happy to answer any questions I had! A++!

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Great people, great work and a great price. They even shuttle me back and forth to work, while the work on my car. Fantastic Customer service.

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Great work. Very competitive prices. Woody is the man.

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Good work fair price. First come first serve so get there early . Great prices on tires .

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Always a excellent place. Fair price and great service.

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Aid tire was amazing! After being so stressed out thinking I had to pay almost 600 dollars to get my car fixed I decided to be smart and go for a second opinion! Not only was my cost quoted at a reasonable price, the customer service was awesome! My car drives amazing now! From here on out if I have any other issues I?m going to aid tire on Timberlake! Thank you!!

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Excellent service, good pricing. Very professional and reliable service! Has been my only repair / tire shop for over 10 years.

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Switched to this garage from another that couldn't find the problem with my truck and they fixed the problem and did a great job explaining everything to me and the prices are pretty reasonable. Will continue to go back to them until they give me a reason not to. Nice friendly people.

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Needed a tire plugged. Just stopped by, no appointment, and was in and out in 20 minutes. Tire plugged, pressure checked on all the rest and spare. $10. Awesome!

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