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801-444-3787 | 1681 W Gordon Ave Layton, UT 84041

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 Extreme Auto.



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 Extreme Auto.



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. Extreme Auto has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.




What Our Customers Are Saying

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I would like to give a Huge huge thanks to the mechanics and receptionist at Extreme Auto.they are amazing they fixed my car that was sitting in my garage for a year cuz I couldnt get it to pass emissions.took it to many shops charged me an arm and leg and still my engine light was on. Repaired sensors cuz thats what i was told and still wouldnt pass.so I was going threw my phone looking for another shop and saw Extrem Auto and there reviews and took my car to them told them my catelatic converter was the problem they fixed it.My car has PASSED EMISSIONS and its Running .I would recommend EXTREME AUTO. To anybody who needs repairs on your car.there very honest and reasonable on there prices.THANKYOU THANKYOU

, 09/29/2021

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...I want to give a huge kudos to Lael at Extreme Auto for his honesty and professionalism. Lael has my business for any future problems and I highly recommend Extreme Auto for anyone that needs an honest, hardworking, reasonable & fair expert mechanic for their vehicles. Integrity is hard to find these days. Thanks Lael.

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I am a car enthusiast and mechanic and usually take care of my own cars. However, after I completed an engine overhaul for my daughter's car, I kept getting a service engine light code that prevented me from getting her car registered. After spending hours on the problem and still not corrected, other priorities took precedent and I wanted to find a place I could engage to have them focus on the problem while I tended to more pressing issues. I found Extreme Auto and gave them a call. I was immediately impressed with their willingness to help and their knowledge about the situation. Extreme Auto invested the time it took to correctly diagnose the problem without throwing new parts at it in hope of solving the problem like most dealerships would. They followed through and methodically chased down the problem until they had an answer. I was very happy with the service, the expertise, the dedication and the cost. They went way above and beyond on this one, and for that I am grateful. Nice work Extreme Auto!!!

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They have worked on my car multiple times in the last 4 plus years, and I always get excellent service and good honest work. Nobody else works on my car, period!

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Very honest, which is hard to find in an auto repair shop. They have worked on multiple vehicles of ours and other family members, and we have all been very satisfied. I even took my car in once for a check engine light, and they did a full diagnostic for free. They really take care of you once you're a customer. Not to mention, Cindy at the front desk, is an absolute sweetheart.

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Because of Extreme Auto, my car has over 230,000 miles and runs great. I get cost effective problem solvers with repair service I can depend on.

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