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919-553-7612 | 2010 Crooked Creek Rd

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, Clayton, NC

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 Carwell Automotive Inc..



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 Carwell Automotive Inc..



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. Carwell Automotive Inc. 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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Best vehicle repair shop in town. My family has been using Carwell for years because of his good work and honesty!!

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We own a fleet of vehicles and Carwell services them all and does a fantastic job! Fast turn-around and great knowledge. Thank you

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We've been using Carwell's for our vehicle repairs & maintenance needs for at least 10 years. Jeff Carwell is very honest and there is always great communication on repairs needed & estimates.

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Jeff and team are personable and professional! Great service and price! Thanks Guys

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Thank you to Jeff for taking the time to give us a second opinion on our daughter's car this week and saving her from a very expensive repair elsewhere. Our neighbors recommended Carwell Automotive and we couldn't be more pleased to have a local shop whose owner is honest and has integrity. A++!!

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I have been taking my vehicles to Jeff at Carwell for over 15 years. He and his staff treat you right and repair your vehicle in a timely manner, doing it right the first time, and for a fair price. I will continue to trust Jeff and Carwell with all my vehicle service and repair needs!

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Needed brakes and a 90,000 mile service for my Honda Accord. Went into this planning on replacing all four brakes, but just let me know that we only needed to do the front brakes now and the rear pads have plenty of life left in them. Saved me money and finished the job when he said would be done. Appreciate having a place like this so close in Clayton. Will definitely be back for any other service.

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"Car Sick? Carwell!" has been the slogan in my head all my life. I wouldn't trust anyone else the way I trust Jeff. The customer service and "not a problem" attitude is unmatched.

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Fast turn around, great quality of work. Has been my trusted go to mechanic for years and will continue to be.

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Carwell Automotive is a "MECHANIC'S MECHANIC". Jeff and his team have cared for our family's autos, trucks, and work trucks since the 90's. He works to find the root of complex problems and does routine maintenance service quickly. Try them next time you need service. We are sure you'll be pleased.

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