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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 Gary's Full Service 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 Gary's Full Service 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. Gary's Full Service 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

Clean shop and the guys here are a master of their art. Keep it up guys!


-Wayne M.

Their service is incredible, and they didn't nickel and dime me like other shops do. I am always very pleased with the way my car gets back to me, and the work he does. Recommended!


-Michelle W.

I got my vehicle promptly fixed and the price was very fair. The shop is very organized and clean. He is honest and professional. Highly recommended!


-Amanda W.

I really like this spot and can vouch for their thorough oil changes and overall review of the car - more expensive than, say, a Grease Monkey, but they do more than just oil and fluid top-offs. They came recommended by a neighbor and I've been pleased with the service and attention to detail. I had a minor issue that Gary fixed and didn't charge us for. It's hard to know who to trust when it comes to mechanics, so always go with a referral from someone you trust.


-Allison J.

Their prices were more than fair and their work was wonderful. I just wish I knew them earlier for my car repairs!!!


-Cynthia S.

Great prices, very friendly mechanic. Gary was really nice and informative. I highly recommend this place.


-Athena

I have lived in Denver for 4 years and I have been searching for a good, independent, fair, and reliable car repair place. Alot of the auto repair shops capitalize on my ignorance in regards to cars. Gary's DID not do this. They took their time... analyzed the problem and fixed it! I will not take my cars anywhere else as long as I live in Denver. Thank you so much!


-Julie M.

Great customer service. I couldn't ask for a better experience. Car was finished in a timely manner and all details and transactions were explained thoroughly.


-Haley M.

I realized I never actually left my review here. I went through Gary to get my AC unit for my 2009 Prius fixed in Spring 2018 but can't remember the exact date. Calling to make the appointment was a quick and easy process. He was able to see my car a lot sooner than I thought he'd be able to and was able to diagnose what the problem was quickly. I was hoping just for diagnostics to get done, but it turned out he was able to diagnose the problem and fix it all in one go. It was finished the same day I took it in and it made things so easy. I was running a few minutes late to pick up my car and he even stayed late so I could get it picked up and not have to wait until the next day. I would absolutely recommend calling Gary if your car is acting up.


-Alia G.

As good as it gets wow Gary is everything automotive. Real quotes fast service fair pricing . Clean shop.Green business (recycled oil for heating) always treats my car with care. Try them first.


-Mike R.

Great service and very friendly. They were able to diagnose and repair the problem that the dealer was not able to. Very quick once the issue was determined.


-Mikey L.

Very friendly and honest. Fixed the car right in a timely matter.


-Christian V.

Great service and very friendly. They were able to diagnose and repair the problem that the dealer was not able to. Very quick once the issue was determined.


-Michael L.

Wonderful mom and pop repair shop! Down to earth and up front with their customers. They won't rip you off, best car repair place I've ever been to.


-Vick M.

I had a pretty serious emergency with my jeep. Gary gave me all the data that would cover the repairs, and more. He was extremely professional and fair, as well as helpful in explaining what had to be done. His prices are very reasonable, his shop friendly, and they got my jeep done in one day. I would highly recommend him to anyone who has any kind of car repair.


-Lorise

Went in thinking i had major problem. They could of really taken me. I walk out with a fixed car for less than 100.00 and an oil change.


-Jamie

I called to see if they could work on my vintage, British car and although they didn't, the rep. suggested me to a place that did. This was such a relief! I'm so grateful for their knowledge on not only what they worked on, but other mechanics in their area.


-Ezzi

I found Gary's full service by chance off of the better business bureau's website for their rating of A+. Recently having moved across the country from Pittsburgh to Denver with my 150,000+ mile 2003 Trailblazer I found my self in need of a mechanic. After I arrived my car was still running but the ABS light was on and the check engine light was intermittantly flashing. I took the car to two other mechanics that told me the ABS computer was out and would cost $1000 dollars just to replace. I hesitated to do the work. Unexpectedly the car developed another problem and overheated. I had to make a decision fast. I had the car towed to Gary's. Not only was the very fair with his prices, fast with his service and honest he CORRECTLY DIAGNOSED THE PROBLEM AND SAVED ME NEARLY $1000 dollars. I will never go anywhere else and recommend him to everyone I meet. He is everything you look for in a mechanic, no wonder he is still in business after 25 years! Go here I promise you will be happy!


- cstephanie

This place is a jewel that I found in Aurora. It is a family owned business and the owner inspects everything before it leaves the shop. I actually waited 3 minutes while the owner went through my vehicle to make sure it was exactly the way it should be. This is old school customer service. What a breath of fresh air.


-Matt

After moving to the area almost 2 years ago, I was looking for a good independent auto shop. gary's was recommended I have found them to be competent and price competitive, and performing or recommending only work that should be done. This has been welcome after some experiences at a dealer.


-Anonymous
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