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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 Bob's Service 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 Bob's Service 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. Bob's Service Center has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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Testimonials

  • I would like to say thank you so much for such great service. Nate was there to help me very promptly, he was helpful, kind and courteous. He quickly and calmly assessed what needed to be done in what was a stressful situation for me. Thank you very much, highly recommended!
    -Heidi C.

  • Bob's is a reliable, well priced service. They are always friendly and communicative about the service work they do on your vehicle. I would absolutely recommend them for any and all car service needs.
    -Kelly R.

  • Great service. Very polite and explained what needed to be done and broke down the costs for me. Both my husband and I have brought our vehicles here for inspections and repairs and we've been happy.
    -Darcy B.

  • Reliable and trusted service operation. Our family has gone to Bobs for years. They have towed us out of a bunch of snow banks and fixed our cars. They do very good work at a very fair price.
    -Nathan M.

  • Had nothing but a wonderful experience at Bob's. Spanky was so helpful in getting both my car and my husband's truck street legal. They were actually recommended to me and I can see why, they're great!
    -Pamela M.

  • Great service & fairly priced. Surprised by a customer comment on this site that you are treated second rate unless you have an expensive car. I have an older vehicle and have gotten top notch service every time!!
    -Melanie H.

  • I know very little about engines so I ask allot of questions, the employee's patiently answered all my questions and NEVER once made me feel like a pain in the butt! Their labor rates are better than most. FINALLY a garage I can trust!
    -Bonni A.

  • Great service! They get the job done right, and at a reasonable price.
    -Martha S.

  • Outstanding customer service. Roger made the experience very easy and hassle free. I really appreciate the help that they gave me and look forward to continuing to do business with them. I highly recommend going here for any auto repair service!
    -Zach W.

  • As always, Bob's Service Center continues to provide outstanding service in a very positive and user-friendly manner. I appreciate the emails to set up appointments and/or appointment reminders. We are all bombarded with emails but this is one I always open and read. Thank you to everyone at Bob's for your commitment to your customers.
    -Gayle O.

  • These guys are the best! I first came to them right before the 4th of July weekend when my truck broke down. They were able to get me back on the road that day for a very reasonable price. They were very nice, informative and made sure I knew what was going on with my truck. I called them today because I noticed a leak and they said to just come by and have them take a look. They are just terrific! HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ANYONE IN THE UPPER VALLEY AREA!!!
    -Rachel T. in Hartland, VT

  • AWESOME Nice guys! better than all the rest!
    -Robert D. in White River Junction, VT

  • CAR REPAIR-WHILE ON VACATION IF I EVER BREAK DOWN AGAIN FAR FROM HOME..............I CAN ONLY HOPE IT'S NEXT TO BOB"S. THE PRICE WAS FAIR-THEY DID A GREAT JOB-MOST OF ALL,THEY HAD ME BACK ON MY WAY IN SHORT TIME........
    -George T. in Easthampton, MA

  • terrific service and terrific technicians Thank you for such great service. We were in need a service in a hurry and the guys were terrific. Thank you
    -Gregg F. in White River Junction, VT

  • I've had cars serviced at Bob's for over 20 years. The work has always been done competently, on time and within estimates. These professionals have a great attitude.
    -John J. in Hartford, VT

  • Good service and let me know when my car would be ready so I could continue on with my day.
    -Elaine C. in White River Junction, VT

  • Timely, professional, willing to listen to me, gives cost/benefit analysis - not willing to spend my money unless necessary!
    -Vicky F. in White River Junction, VT

  • struts and shocks A great job! 9 year old van feels great again. Thank you
    -David L. in Wilder, VT

  • Great work, trustworthy guys Bobs got my car in and out quicker than expected. It seemed like a fair price, but they realized that I didn't get enough of a AAA discount. I had no idea but they called me the next day just to let me know they were crediting another $20 to my credit card. I was very impressed. Vehicle:Audi A4
    -Brennan I. in NH

  • Clutch Replacement Excellent service, excellent price. Thanks again, Bob's. Vehicle:Honda Civic
    -Amanda P. in Thetford, VT

  • I have been taking my car to Bob's Service Center for the last 4 years and have always been very happy with their work and customer service. I definitely recommend Bob's for mechanical work and towing.
    -Lisa H. in Hartford, VT

  • Mathew said this business is quick, and reasonably priced.
    - Mathew R. in Lebanon, NH

  • 5 stars Fast, and friendly...I had great service at Bobs. I will definitely be returning in the future. Vehicle:Honda
    -Linsey W. in Norwich, VT

  • Bob's Keeps My Subaru Running Right I recommend Bob's whenever appropriate, to other locals, tourists with car trouble, and hot women looking for guys. I trust you. So, keep up the good work. Vehicle:Subaru Forester
    -Will A. in Hartford, VT

  • Efficient and pleasant Service is always efficient with minimum waits and friendly staff.
    -Howard T. in Hartland, VT

  • The work is always on-time, they do not exceed the estimate and the men are very courteous. Vehicle:Toyota Prius
    -Victor K.

  • The guys at Bob's are great. They did a professional job and their estimate was over the amount paid. I have recommended my neighbor to them and they have scheduled service work on their car also. Thank- you for the good work!!! Vehicle:Ford Pickup
    -Raymond F. in Hartford, VT