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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 EDGE Motorworks.



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 EDGE Motorworks.



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



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Testimonials

  • Fast and Courteous
    Edge motorworks is very knowledgeable about BMW and Mini repairs and maintenance. I've been coming here for several years now and have had no complaints. Staff is friendly and service is expedient.
    reviewicon, 05/29/2019

  • Highly Recommended
    Had a nail on my tire and I was coming off the freeway, called a bunch of mechanic shops before exiting and most of them was full. Called this shop and was very pleased to hear that they can accommodate me as soon as I arrived. Had the tire repaired after we took lunch.
    reviewicon, 12/07/2019

  • Amazing Service
    I really appreciate these guys. They know their stuff. I tend to work on my cars and they will actually help me solve my issue over the phone and if not I take it in. Love these guys. Thank you so much for helping me!
    reviewicon, 10/20/2019

  • Professional Advice
    Have been taking my 16 STI here for years and they have always been accommodating and reasonable. Mainly they focus on BMW and Mini but work on many other makes as well, including race cars. All repairs and services offered here, including alignments which they will happily do to your exact specs.
    reviewicon, 05/17/2018

  • Trustworthy Auto Shop
    The only place to service your BMW, Mini or Subaru. Service and quality you can trust. Highly recommend them!
    reviewicon, 07/28/2018

  • Fast and Courteous
    Friendly staff and do great work would definitely recommend this shop
    reviewicon, 08/10/2018

  • Knowledgeable Mechanics
    I absolutely love this place! I have a BMW with a diesel engine. I was initially unsure about getting it serviced outside of the dealership, but have found EDGE does excellent work at a decent price. I have been getting my vehicle serviced here for years and I have found them knowledgeable and fast. I highly recommend them.
    reviewicon, 06/22/2017

  • Expert Mechanics
    Ryan and his team are great! I've been going to them for almost a year now and have done the following on my 335is: - oil change - transmission fluid leak fix - brake sensor replacement - tire delamination fix Every time, Ryan was honest and never pushed for extra things unless it was necessary. I would highly recommend Edge for your BMW.
    reviewicon, 02/12/2020

  • Honest Auto Shop
    Great people who care about your vehicle. Honesty and integrity!
    reviewicon, 03/14/2020