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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 Coastal Automotive & Towing.



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 Coastal Automotive & Towing.



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. Coastal Automotive & Towing has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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What People Say About Us

  • , 01/28/2020

    Amazing work! Best in the area.

  • , 01/09/2018

    I love taking my car to Coastal Automotive. Toby and his group are loyal, honest and skilled. I know my car will be fixed correctly and with no runaround or unnecessary sales pitch for add ons. I highly recommend Coastal Automotive!

  • They Do It All
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    , 04/30/2018

    Needed a battery install as required by a professional as Advanced Auto said they couldn't do. Bought battery, called Coastal from Advanced Auto, and they got me in immediately and installed battery. Super professional, great service, and price was right. Highly recommended.

  • They Do It All
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    , 06/04/2019

    I'm on vacation here until tomorrow and my "check engine" light came on yesterday. I took my vehicle to Coastal Automotive to have it checked out. They were GREAT! They spent about an hour diagnosing the problem, gave me good information, kept me informed and fixed the "problem", which turned out to be nothing major and didn't charge me for the time they spent on my vehicle. They are a professional group and I had a very pleasant experience there!

  • Amazing Customer Service
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    , 10/16/2019

    100% recommend them!!! They always get it right. Thank you so much for everything!

  • Amazing Customer Service
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    , 08/28/2019

    Super friendly! I was in for an oil change and out super quick!

  • Highly Recommended
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    , 05/07/2018

    Great experience at Coastal Automotive today. They were helpful, fair, down-to-earth, insightful, honest, and genuinely wanted to get me back on the road. Will definitely be coming back!

  • Highly Recommended
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    , 09/24/2019

    Awesome people to deal with! Zack and his team kept us very well informed at all times, price was as quoted and the work performed was done extremely well. Will use these guys again, also highly recommend!

  • Best Local Auto Shop
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    , 03/12/2018

    I tried about a half dozen mechanics in the Mt. P area before I found Coastal. I won't go anywhere else now. Would have saved a load of money had I gone there first. Toby has worked on all of our vehicles (including a restoration project) and has done a great job.

  • Best Local Auto Shop
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    , 10/16/2019

    Excellent service from beginning to end! They were most generous with their time and resources to help a Bahamian refugee who relocated to Charleston get her car up and running! AMAZING humans! They are #payingitforward! Thanks guys!

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    , 11/18/2019

    Very honest and friendly. I take my car here for anything needed and I trust their expertise.

  • Honest Auto Shop
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    , 01/28/2020

    Amazing work! Best in the area.

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