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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 Quality Import Service.



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 Quality Import Service.



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. Quality Import Service has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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Testimonials

  • Always the most Professional Service and personnel, I wouldn't take my Mercedes anywhere else.
    -Stuart N.

  • All round great service
    -Jeri Cook - Elkhart,In

  • They have serviced two of my Mercedes Benz, they know what they are doing and will do the job right, nothing flashy, just quality work which leaves your car better than it was and fun to drive again.
    -Jack K.

  • I have been taking my Volvos to Mike Toth and his skilled mechanics for nearly 20 years. I do not buy new Volvos but look for used ones in this area. Volvos are a wonderful vehicle but not well understood in this area and can be found at reasonable prices. There are not many car mechanics that you can trust to take them to in the area that have knowledge of them or know European craftsmanship. Believe me when I say you can thrust Quality Import Service and their integrity. I don't consider my Volvos used until they hit 300,000 miles thanks to Mike and crew.
    -Robert F.

  • Fair pricing. Always great work done on my car
    -Jonathan T.

  • Quality Import did a fantastic job on my 2002 Mini Cooper. Transmission replacement went perfectly, was quoted appropriately, and it drives like new! Thanks so much.
    -Kalin C.

  • I have brought my last 3 BMW cars to Quality Import Service. The service is great, the people friendly and the prices are good. I wouldn't take my car anywhere else.
    -Bonnie Freshour - Bristol

  • We've been taking our cars to Quality Imports Service for YEARS because of the OUTSTANDING work they do. They're the most CONSCIENTIOUS service company - they take the necessary amount of time to inspect the functioning of every vehicle we've ever taken there. They call ahead with anything they find to inform/ask us before adding it to the services to be done. We've never found a more TRUSTWORTHY and FAIR group of people to do business with!!
    -Mike & Nancy S. - Cassopolis, MI

  • Every time we come to Quality Imports we are treated with special care and never feel we are miss lead. Honest and good "old fashion" service with a very personal touch. Our car runs good. Thanks to Quality Import
    -Greg Pairitz - Granger

  • The service and expertise at Quality Imports has always been very professional and very caring about my automobile. I would never take my Import to anyone but Quality Imports unless for a warranty problem of which then I would go back to dealership. The owners and their staff are very personal and I love being one of their customers.
    -Debbie Mitchell - Bristol Indiana

  • This is a place of " Excellence" The staff has good manners and, makes you feel like family. Besides, their expert knowledge on cars. They key into exactly what the problem is intensively!!. They work as a team to make sure your car is repaired as, it should be!!, Cheers!!! Quality Imports Service.... Thank you for all.... you do..!!! My Mercedes is running perfect now!!!..
    -Gale Y. David - Bristol, Indiana

  • Service was done properly and on time. Everyone is always friendly and informative.
    -David Hochstetler - Elkhart,In

  • Wonderful, personalized service at affordable prices
    -Sheila Billis - Elkhart Indiana

  • Quality Import Service has been servicing my Volvo's for more than 20 years. I have always been pleased with their high level of service and know I can rely on their expert advice. Barb, Mike and Kip are great to work with!! I would highly recommend!!
    -Charlie Moore - Bristol, IN

  • Great people to deal with, been going there for 30+ years, always happy with our repairs and bill
    -Jack kunkel - Elkhart

  • The best place to go for my BMW!
    -Angel - Elkhart

  • This is the place for import service. Skip the dealer, these guys are much better priced and are very knowledgeable.
    -Bob K.

  • I had been to other shops and they could not fix my BMW. These guys fixed my BMW better than it ever been since I've owned it. It is fun to drive my car again. I am making this my shop for all my repairs.
    -Kato S.

  • I have owned 4 Mercedes. Quality Import has serviced everyone of them. They still treat your car as one of the family. Just like when I purchased my first one 40 years ago. They know each model and what may need attention as you add miles to your car. When I ask Mercedes Service why they don't do this anymore. Their answer was Mercedes will not allow us to advise you what to expect or problems they have had with my model.
    -Larry W.

  • Mike is honest, very knowledgeable and easy to deal with.
    -Will H.

  • They have serviced two of my Mercedes Benz, they know what they are doing and will do the job right, nothing flashy, just quality work which leaves your car better than it was and fun to drive again
    -Lee H.

  • Best service I've ever received, hands down!!!
    -Leander S.

  • Amazing place and true to the name of quality, you might have long wait times here and there depending on your repair, ive been bringing my 2005 and 2009 mini coopers here for all there problems and they have always been fixed, anywhere from broken ignitions and noises to rebuilding superchargers. Highly reccomended!!
    -Andrew J.