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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 Evans Automotive & Tire 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 Evans Automotive & Tire 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. Evans Automotive & Tire Center 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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    , 11/29/2019

    I went by there this morning with a small issue, the person in the front office was really kind and helpful and listened to my concerns. I’m visiting St. Augustine and driving back tomorrow so I wanted to do so with a little bit of peace of mind and they helped me out.

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    Bought tires from them and very satisfied. Came back for a check months later and these guys were very helpful and sooo polite!! Was told from other tire stores I needed new rims and/or valve stems. These guys said told me I only needed adjustments with my psi. They charged me NOTHING. Fixed problem and told me to come back anytime. Wow. I'm just blown away by their honesty. Thank you Evans!!!!

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    , 11/06/2019

    Best group of mechanics, the shop is always clean, people at the front desk are always on point (like giving you a heads up on your next appointment to having a game plan). I've been a customer at Evans since 2016 and haven't went anywhere else ever since. I know the owner (Mark), he's an automotive guru.

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    , 11/03/2019

    I've always been very happy with my experience at Evans.

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    , 10/31/2019

    2008 Ford F150 2wd Took my truck to Evans. Bad shake and vibration. Jay took it and now it rides like new again. Jay recommended tires. I have had the same tire brand on this truck for 5 years. Till now no one ever told me they were not a good brand. Jay recommend another tire and WOW what a difference. NEVER AGAIN WILL I TAKE MY TRUCK TO ANYONE ELSE. Price was very fair. Take yours, their worth every penny and service was perfect. Shout out to Jay your the best.

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    , 10/25/2019

    Great hometown service without the dealer cost

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    , 10/16/2019

    I have used Evans Automotive for several years. They have always done exactly what they said needed doing and never changed the price. I find their prices run cheaper than any others. The staff is courteous, efficient and go out of their way to make sure you?re comfortable while there. The guys in the back are just awesome and the ones up front are also. So tell me why would I go anywhere else. Simple. I wouldn?t . They are the best.

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    , 10/14/2019

    Evan's Automotive and Tire Center A great car repair facility that you can trust. The mechanics are of utmost talented and professional. The prices are really good and the mechanics will not slam you. I recommend them highly! Great friendly staff!

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    , 09/27/2019

    Justin provided great customer service, performed an inspection of a new vehicle for us at no charge and provided us thorough feedback. Will definitely be back!

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    , 09/19/2019

    Estimate to fix power steering reasonable. Staff was very efficient and polite. Showroom was immaculate! Timeframe for repair is reasonable. I will be scheduling repair.

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    , 09/18/2019

    Great service.

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    , 09/17/2019

    Great service experience. Clean shop nice waiting area. Pleasant people to work with.

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    Professional, reasonably-priced, easy appointment, quality work - definitely recommend. Also to mention - great waiting area - plenty of room & comfortable seating, several cell phone chargers, TV, reading material, cold water, hot coffee, clean bathroom.

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    Rob and Justin at the front counter put me at ease from the first second I stepped into Evan's Automotive. They got the technicians on the vehicle immediately and got me on my way in a timely manner. I strongly recommend this mechanic shop 100% and they have definitely made me a customer for life!

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    Best customer service in town. Rob and Justin always go out of their way to accommodate. Thank you for always making sure our vehicles are road ready and in great working condition.

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    We have used Evan's a few times before and they always have done a great job. This week I found myself with a headlight out and a busy schedule. I stopped in to find out if there was anyone available to change the light. He went out to double check which light, found out they didn't have one in stock, but said he would have one there in 10 minutes. It came in five and I was back on the road. Thank you for such a little thing that can be a big deal!

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    I had a 70,000 mile service done on my car this week at Evans Automotive and I was very pleased with the friendliness of the staff. Their work was excellent and their prices very good. I am so pleased that I am returning for new tires tomorrow.

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    Great people, friendly and professional. Always ready to help .... Rob and the others at the front desk are awesome

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    Quick, honest and fair pricing. It doesn't get better than that. In my several decades of owning a car, I think these guys do it right. I've only said that about 2 other shops in all those years.

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    Very professional and friendly staff, professionals and most importantly, honest! We service our personal vehicles and a couple of our work vans here and they have always been fair and helped us in anything we needed, mechanic and tire work. I highly recommend this place.

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    Grand Slam !! These reviews you see are accurate. No better place to take your vehicle. Rob was Extremely knowledgeable and very professionable. They treat you like family. Fair honest, you will be glad you choose Evan's Automotive. Your gonna love the results.

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    I always get such great service at Evans from Rob and Justin at the front counter to the mechanics. If I've had a concern Mark has always been happy to address it and a happy resolution has been reached. I wouldn't take my trailblazer anywhere else for service or repairs.

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    Great place, extremely excellent service at the front desk. They attempted to patch a tire for me, but couldn't because the steel belt had separated. No charge for their efforts. Will definitely return to Evans next time I need service. Thanks for your help.

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    We took the van in to get the tire plugged after running over a screw and decided to get the AC looked at too. They have awesome customer service, very thorough in both diagnosing and explaining the issues. There's a nice clean waiting area with comfortable seats and a TV, and you can make coffee or get a water out of the fridge for free. Very nice set up! They also have a clean restroom for customers.

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