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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 Dorsey Transmission & Automotive 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 Dorsey Transmission & Automotive 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. Dorsey Transmission & Automotive Repair has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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Testimonials

  • Really great experience. My transmission blew up the other day & the closest place is Dorsey transmission. I went and spoke to Jack and he was just amazing. He was kind and very resourceful. I was very pleased! Also spoke to his shop foreman Rick was very helpful on what was going to take place had transmission repaired and was very satisfied.
    -John S.

  • I've been dealing with Jack for over 20 years from a simple oil change to replacing a heater core Its nice to have a mechanic that doesn't try to sell you something you don't need. My vehicle is older so Jack watches the mileage and lets me know what needs to done and when . It's a nice experience to deal with Jack. I have referred several co-workers to Jacks shop and they have all told me they would use him again. I would highly recommend Jack and Dorsey Transmissions great people and excellent service.
    -William N.

  • Had my clutch swapped here. They did a great job and at a good price. Their customer service is also awesome.
    -Jarett H.

  • The only place I'll take my cars in Maryland. Customer service is great and the work is just as good. They have helped my family in multiple situations and have a good sense of humor about our terrible car luck.
    -Clayton G.

  • I've been using dorsey for about 4 years now. They've always been honest and upfront. I've had them service German and Japanese autos. Top notch. If they can't do the work they'll tell you instead of ripping you off. These guys are great
    -Kenneth M.

  • Worked with Rick - he is very helpful and takes pride in his work. With the professionalism and service I received, I will most certainly be back! I thought the prices were reasonable as well.
    -Justin V.

  • This has become the only place I will take my cars for service. They are friendly, helpful, do quality work and are very reasonably priced. They work with you and really care and take care of the customer. I cannot recommend them enough. Just something to keep in mind is that everyone else knows they are a great shop so it can take a day or two for them to get your car back to you. They're just that busy. I consider it a good thing and a sign of how good the place is. I cannot recommend them enough!
    -Erik C.