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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, Newtown, CT

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 Newtown Car Care 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 Newtown Car Care 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. Newtown Car Care Center has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.




What Our Customers Are Saying

reviewiconI cannot recommend this gem of a business more highly!
Newtown, CT

Wow. I don't often think about the places/people who fix my car, but Newtown Car Care Center deserves special recognition. Just walking in the door was an experience; their waiting area is so cozy that I felt like I was in my living room, rather than an auto repair shop. And the folks who work there treated me more like visiting royalty than a customer. They could not have been nicer or more friendly. Johnny took care of me immediately and, thereafter, refused to take even a token gratuity from me for his trouble (turned out that I didn't need work after all). I only wish my car HAD needed repair ... that way, I could have claimed that I had contributed to their continuing success. I cannot recommend this gem of a business more highly! AAA+++

, 03/08/2021

reviewiconI trust them with my life!
Newtown, CT

I am very lucky to have found the incredible people at Newtown Car Care Center. They are thoroughly knowledgeable with high standards of professionalism and they do it all with honesty and fairness. They talk to you and give you real options. I have been going there for about 15 years and no matter where I live, I will continue to drive to Newtown Car Care Center anytime I need maintenance on my car. Everyone that works there is an attentive, caring person. I trust them with my life.

, 02/15/2021

reviewiconOdometer Issue
Electronic Services, near Newtown, CT

We had trouble getting the odometer reading, which of course is required. Johnny and the customer service people were great. The odometer light finally went on enough to read and we passed! Thank you again, Johnny, for all your help.

, 01/19/2021
Brought my car in for emissions inspection , it failed because I had just replaced the battery. John koshel explained why it failed and what I needed to do to pass. I did what he told me and returned for a retest which I passed. Thank you so much John for your help and caring.

, 11/24/2020
I made an appointment for today's date in order to get my rear brake pads checked out after having a good experience with this company while getting emissions done. The staff along with the mechanics are fantastic here. Truly honest and willing to help. It turns out I just need some tires. The set of four came out to be a very reasonable price. I will continue to do business with this company in the future. I like to learn as much I can fumbling around with my car, however I would rather be safe with those who are knowledgeable doing advanced work on my car. Thank you.

, 10/06/2020
We brought our car in for service. After the service we heard a noise. New town Car Care. Took care of it right away and no charge. Great service as usual.

, 09/01/2020
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