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 ProblemsLet'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 LTM Quick Lube.
Vibration While DrivingThis 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 PerformanceYour 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 LTM Quick Lube.
Quick in and out oil change. I love the vacuum out service they do, especially in the winter when it's all salt. I've never gotten hassled/up-sold on products I don't need (air filter etc). They even sometimes send out emails with coupons! Both my wife and I go here.
Extremely friendly service and very inexpensive work preformed on my vehicle.
They do a through check of all the fluids and components on maintenance. Anytime they find something that needs replaced, they physically show you the issue so you know they are telling you the truth. They also show you the color of the oil before and after they change it so you know it was done correctly. Service at this location is worth every penny.
Ah ha! First oil change in my new car - the technician knew each step (which buttons to push) to reset the vehicle oil life. I was impressed.
Friendly and knowledgeable staff, always a great experience at LTM. Thanks guys!
By far the most honest place around. Fast, great prices and they won't up sell you. They are extremely knowledgeable and give great advice. Thanks!
Been going here for years, they are quick and easy.
Those guys are just one of the most reliable things in every day hectic life. Thank you for making it so easy for me so I do not have to hassle!
They are fast, friendly, and thoughtful. Thanks for a great experience.
They are always fast. Very polite. They even vacuumed out my truck.
Great experience - they take great care of all our work vehicles!
Always a great experience! Very efficient with their service. Highly recommended!
They are great people. They are very friendly and know their jobs very well.
Good and quick service, friendly staff, clean environment. I get my vehicle vacuumed each time (it's part of the free services offered with certain oil changes). I wait in the lobby, which is clean and there is coffee, always a bonus in my book.
My go-to place for oil changes. Always friendly, never high pressure, always fast and professional. At $35 I could almost get the same value from a dealer, hence the 4 stars, but they are a great local shop so I'm not complaining.
The professional and courteous staff is amazing. The price is low considering they use the best quality oil and filters. The best part is - they alway grease the chassis. All my vehicles are serviced by LTM and will continue to be forever.
We came into town for family issues and needed an oil change. Sister said she took her cars here, so we stopped after 5 on a very hot Friday just before closing. The employees were friendly and courteous, even providing unlimited cold bottles of water. When we were done and ready to leave the car wouldn't start. They stayed with us trying to figure out what was the issue. Ultimately it turned out to be the security immobilizer. These guys go the distance for you, after hours in the heat. No towing, no extra costs. They are worth the oil change.
Super friendly and no high-pressure sales. I asked for a tire rotation and they said I didn't need it (surprising given it would have been an easy sale).
So fast and efficient. A very kind and helpful bunch, was in and out of there in 15 min (5pm on a Thursday). Would definitely come here to do business with again!! Recommend!
I had my oil changed here and they were super fast and very friendly. I was able to stay in my car while they changed the oil, which is nice if you have children. The price was comparable to other oil and lube places, however they were much faster. There wasn't a wait, a spot opened up right as I was pulling in and I would say I was done in under 15 mins and they were through.
I miss this place. I used to come here on a regular basis back when I lived near this location and they were always friendly, efficient, knowledgeable, and nice. It's definitely one of the best oil change/auto service facilities in Michigan based on the great price, value and service, so I would recommend it to anyone.
I have been coming to LTM Quick Lube for years. I remember when they first opened. Nothing but quality service every visit!
I pulled my RV in as I would with a car. Not only they did a full service oil change on the engine, they changed the oil in my RV's generator. They were professional, polite, clean, and answered all questions I had.
Always wonderful, speedy and friendly service.
Amazing place. Trust in your neighborhood establishments!
Very friendly staff, great service. I highly recommend.
Thank you for fixing my tire in 5 minutes! Belle Tire was a 3 hour wait. We always have great service for our oil changes too! Great service! Highly recommend!
Best oil change place out there. Quick and efficient. The full service is fantastic.
Excellent service! I haven't been at a atomosphere like LTM in a long, long time. Amazed how all the techs all work together & are very professional. Joe is hands on in all bays...very clean & organized establishment. Top notch! Highly recommend.
Awesome Staff, Professional, Courteous and Very Efficient.
Fantastic service and super fast! In and out in under 10 minutes every time.