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  • Interstate Motor & Auto Service
    9800 Newell Hickory Grove Road
    Charlotte, NC 28213

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    Charlotte, NC 28213

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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

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  • Mon 8:00AM - 5:30PM
    Tue 8:00AM - 5:30PM
  • Wed 8:00AM - 5:30PM
    Thu 8:00AM - 5:30PM
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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 Interstate Motor & Auto Service.



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 Interstate Motor & Auto Service.



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. Interstate Motor & Auto Service 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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    Great place if you need auto service. Chris and Beaver are top notch.

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    Great place to get your automobile serviced.

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    This is, in my opinion, the BEST family-owned mechanic shop in Charlotte, probably all of NC. The owner, Beaver, is the most honest, honorable, and direct person I've ever met in this business. He expects the same traits in his staff. Youll never have to worry about them trying to "pad" your estimate.

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    I really liked their honesty they told me what I should do to get my car fix instead of trying to do it knowing they couldn't get it fix just to get the money !! If I ever need my transmission done I for sure will go to this place also the people that work there are very kind and helpful !!!

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    Took my wifes Element in for front wheel noise. I thought it was wheel bearings or the calipers weren't releasing fully. Chris test drove it and couldn't get it to make any noise. He said the bearings and calipers were fine. In fact he told me the calipers had been replaced. He said he could replace the rotors and pads but couldn't guarantee it would stop the noise. You can't go wrong with doing normal maintenance a little early on the wifes car. The mystery noise went away. They had every opportunity to take advantage and didn't. I appreciate their honesty and will have all my maintenance and repairs done here from now on. Highly recommend! Thanks guys!

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    Always love these guys over and beyond customer service!!!

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    Chris is good people.

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    Won't take my car anywhere else. Good honest work.

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