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918-231-0572 | 411 S Lincoln Ave Suite E

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, Sand Springs, OK

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 Ernie's Automotive Performance.



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 Ernie's Automotive Performance.



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. Ernie's Automotive Performance has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.




What Our Customers Are Saying

Best Auto Shop
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He is honest, respectful to women, a great mechanic, and an all around good person. You can trust him to take good care of your car. I give him a 5 star rating.

, 08/23/2018

Honest Auto Shop
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He was extremely communicative, honest, and most importantly did a fantastic job and had it done when he promised. Highly recommend for any type of mechanical work foreign or domestic. Thank you Ernie for taking great care of my car! Good honest mechanics are hard to come by.

, 11/27/2018

Trustworthy Mechanic
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He is extremely trustworthy. He won't steer you wrong! He won't try to up sell you something that he doesn't think you need. He will also warn you about things that may need to be done in the near future so you can begin to plan for it.

, 04/05/2019

Honest Auto Shop
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Ernie took the time to look at my truck for a noise I was hearing and come to find out, it was a piece of gravel that got lodged in between my rotor...He's a good and honest mechanic, definitely one of the good guys!

, 03/16/2018

Amazing Service
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I've had two occasions to use Ernie's in the last year and both times the cost was lower than the estimate and this last time he discovered another problem and after checking with me, remedied that as well as still was below the estimate. He's professional, customer oriented and timely and gives a complete overall view of any future problems he can see. Highly recommend this man and his shop.

, 08/26/2019

Best Auto Shop
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I'm totally satisfied with the work that was performed. Ernie is a wonderful, very skilled, and a honest guy.

, 05/10/2019

Trustworthy Mechanic
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Great service. Trust worthy mechanic!

, 07/09/2019

Great Prices
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Great mechanic and just down to earth a great person!!!! Does excellent work at affordable prices.

, 08/30/2019

Knowledgeable Mechanics
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I always like it when I see recognition in the eyes of the mechanic when I'm feebly trying to explain what's wrong with a Volvo. It looks like he knows his stuff. And there is no way he is going to be more expensive then the dealership so I bet this 5 star rating is secure.

, 12/10/2019
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