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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 Trail Boss Off-Road.



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 Trail Boss Off-Road.



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. Trail Boss Off-Road has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



What People Say About Us

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    These guys went the extra mile aligning my heavily modified truck, ensuring it was done right. If you're looking for a shop that's cares about it customers, this is it!

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    These guys know their stuff. Very professional, honest, and fair. Their pricing is very reasonable. I highly recommend them for your off-road needs.

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    They were very courteous and knowledgeable. They even helped me out with a transfer case magnet that I had misplaced from my original housing. This was the only piece I was missing from putting my transfer case back together and Trail Boss was kind enough to provide one for me! Now I'm back on the road! Thanks guys!

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    Installed a lift kit over the weened myself and had to get a 4x4 alignment. Not only were the guys at Trail Boss Off Road able to squeeze me in that Monday morning but got my Jeep done earlier than they said and was under the estimate quoted also. Great service and knowledge of all things off road. Thanks Jeremy, you have gained a customer for anything my Jeep needs.

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    They did such an excellent job I couldn't have been more happier. I went back a second time to get more work done and not only did they again do a great job but fixed all the screw ups the place I had originally got work done did. If you want great, honest quality work done with great customer service this is the place for you. My hats off to you guys.

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    Outstanding service, guidance, and prices. Thanks again to the professionals at Trail Boss Off-Road.

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    They installed the rubicon express 3 1/2" lift on my 2015 Jeep JK. It looks awesome. I recommend them to do your lift thanks to Jeremy.

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    Thank you for all your help with my diffs for the PTSD Jeep. These people went out of there way to help me. And they didn't know me. I have nothing but great things to say about Trail Boss.

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    These guys went the extra mile aligning my heavily modified truck, ensuring it was done right. If you're looking for a shop that's cares about it customers, this is it!

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