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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 AGT Imports D/B/A J&M Auto Doctors.



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 AGT Imports D/B/A J&M Auto Doctors.



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. AGT Imports D/B/A J&M Auto Doctors has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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Testimonials

  • I brought my 2003 BMW 530i into AGT because I was deciding whether or not to sell it. It had some problems that I thought would cost thousands to fix even though it has low miles and is very clean. Gus and his team fixed all outstanding issues for far less than I expected to pay, and when I (dumbly) rode into curb the next day and half pulled the bumper off, they fixed that free of charge. My friend had a similar experience with her Mercedes. Clean shop, efficient service and great people. A strong recommend.
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  • I had four tires put on. The mechanic performed the service quickly but accurately. The owner came over to introduce himself and to make sure everything was fine. I would recommend this place of business. They are very professional and friendly.
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  • I have been taking my car to AGT Imports for over 10 years. I always had a positive experience when having my car repaired. The owner, Gus, takes care of each customer with honesty and integrity. Go to AGT imports. You will not be disappointed.
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  • This is the only place that I'll bring my wife's Mercedes. The owners are kind and mindful of other people, they do not overcharge and will keep your Benz in tip top shape.
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  • Excellent service. THANK YOU Gus for your knowledge and expertise. My BMW is better than when purchased.
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  • My vehicle is serviced at this shop annually. Mark handles my repairs and he informed me of any repairs needed. They give you the prices upfront!!! There's no guessing games!!! Cheaper prices then the dealership.
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  • Gus is the real deal. When I lived here in Miami, I started using his service at the recommendation of one of my co-workers. I have continued to use his service now for over 20 years and continue to be thrilled with not only the level of technical competence, and the delivery of service, but the honesty and fair pricing for all work. I have referred all of my friends to Gus over the years.
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  • Fantastic service and excellent followup. The work I had done matched my quote to the dollar.
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  • My car was hydrolocked during a flood in Miami. I thought my car was never going to run again. I don't know how but Gus pulled off a miracle and now my car sounds better than it did before! He saved me lots of money and left my car in great condition. I HIGHLY recommend this shop for anybody experiencing auto issues. I couldn't be thankful enough for their services!!!
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  • I had a great experience. Took my car in for a regular service and got out in less than an hour. Gus is a pleasant guy to deal with. For a regular service, I saved plenty of $$'s over what dealerships were quoting.
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