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301-770-2230 | 12025 Nebel St

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, Rockville, MD

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 Golden Gears Automotive, Inc.



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 Golden Gears Automotive, Inc.



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. Golden Gears Automotive, Inc 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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Sam helped me with the transmission. I was hesitant if I should replace it as my car had 100,000 miles. He worked with me. Thank you-

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Sam and his team are wonderful! He is honest, fair and will go out of his way to find the best solution to any issue your car may have. Sam is courteous and generous, and I highly recommend Golden Gears. I teach at a school nearby and we ALL take our cars to him. I just picked up my car from his spotless workshop, and Sam found a cosmetic flaw which he fixed on the spot, free of charge. Golden Gears is a treasure.

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I know that the job will be done right, and that it was needed.

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Great service, Sam is very attentive and helpful, the service is very trustworthy.

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Truly impressed by GOLDEN GEARS, both the the level of professionalism of the staff and owner Sam as well as technical know-how. Overall, would (and will) return in a heartbeat. Honest & trustworthy-- two characteristics that are all too hard to find these days. Thank you, V, J and Sam. I'll be back (hopefully not too soon, though!)

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I've been coming to Golden Gears for 10+ years. Sam and the team always do a great job. It's invaluable to have a mechanic you can trust.

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Excellent, trustworthy service for over 20 years!

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Sam is a very skilled mechanic who is good at diagnosing and repairing problems. He is also very trustworthy, and completes repairs promptly.

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I usually choose a garage based on recommendations from friends, but took a chance and went to Golden Gears based on online reviews. The Maryland inspection went well and the price was very reasonable. The owner recommended that the tires be rotated, which I knew needed to be done as I had incorrectly moved the newer tires to the back of the car when I rotated them myself. Based on this experience, I trust this shop and plan to return for maintenance and repairs.

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Fabulous experience. I think I've found a car repairman to go to for the rest of my life. Competent, kind, and fairly priced.

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