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978-365-3622 | 60 Packard St

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, Lancaster, MA

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 Royal Auto Repair.



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 Royal Auto Repair.



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. Royal Auto Repair 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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John and staff are awesome. Had an exhaust problem that needed to be resolved and they jumped right on it. Could not be happier with the response and action taken to repair the problem and get me back on the road. Many Thanks!

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My father took all our vehicles here since I was a kid and I?ve continued the tradition to this day. John, Larry and now Bjarne are and always have been those local trustworthy mechanics you want to do business with. They fix in a timely manner, have been honest when it?s not worth fixing, and are always sure to do the job right. From fixing my car to providing tips and advice when I wanted to do it myself, these guys are the best. Always bring you car here!

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My Wife and I have been going to Royal Auto Repair for at least several years now. John has always been professional and is very knowledgeable about cars & trucks. We have always been treated well there and his honest no nonsense approach is refreshing. We look forward to bringing our vehicles in there regularly.

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John just replaced the engine on our 2004 Camry. He has taken care of our car for the last seven years and we could not be happier. We look forward to another 250,000 miles on our car!

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Great guys, great service, honest work. The kind of people you want to work with, you won't find a shop with guys as great as these any more

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Awesome repair shop!!!

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This is a great place to bring your your car John is honest and reliable

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My family has been bringing their cars here for years. John is very honest and fair, and if something goes wrong, he'll do what he can to make it right. That is extremely rare as far as mechanics go. Those reasons are why I'll continue to bring my car here.

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