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  • 6008 Mission Gorge Rd Suite B
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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

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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 Mission Village Auto Care.



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 Mission Village Auto Care.



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. Mission Village Auto Care 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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    , 09/27/2022

    They were so nice to work with and super friendly, they were able to identify the issue quickly whereas another shop was not, they fixed damage the other shop did, and they did it all quickly! I'll definitely be returning for my next auto repair needs.

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    , 09/07/2022

    I was in town for the week moving my son into his condo for school. On the way down my car temp started to go up to 3/4! Pulled over and I had a leaky heater hose. I googled auto repair in my area and MVAC popped up at the top and I noticed they had great reviews and in business for a long time and they were only one mile away. I called and spoke to a young lady and told her my situation. I know most repair shops schedule you days or weeks out but I was leaving in 2 days. That's when she let me speak to Marvin (I think the owner) and he said bring it in and we'll take a look. Marvin was very accommodating and he called me back 30 min after dropping off the car. He was able to replace the parts the same within a few hours and I was back on the road by 5:pm, 3 hours later. He did what needed to be done and didn't charge me extra or try to upsell me a new engine...lol OMG that's what I call a lifesaver! I was able to stick to my schedule and get my son moved in! I HIGHLY recommend Marvin and his shop to anyone!!!

  • , 08/11/2022

    Honest mechanics and quick turnaround. Will be going for all oil changes on my car now and in the future.

  • , 02/12/2022

    These guys are not only great mechanics who keep me on top of all my maintenance, but they are very honest!

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    , 01/04/2022

    Honest, friendly ownership and good mechanics.

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    , 10/15/2021

    MVA is my go to for all automotive repairs. Honest and Integrity. Eric and his staff are extreme knowledgeable and courteous and know their craft. Very reasonably priced and always follows up on service work performed. I highly recommend them for all of your automotive repair needs.

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