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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, Moraine, OH

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 Slone's Automotive Service.



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 Slone's Automotive Service.



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. Slone's Automotive Service 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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Nice, honest guy that did great work. Just as I was told by a friend. 5 stars!

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Very experienced with diagnosing difficult problems. Very fair pricing and honest. Diagnosed our family's Suzuki drive belt issue that another shop couldn't figure out. Properly troubleshooted a backup light issue on our Tahoe. Highly recommended!

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Always fair and nice guys.

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This place is awesome! They fixed my car properly for a fair price. Their staff are friendly and understanding.

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This has to be the best auto repair shop on earth. These guys are friendly, do great work, and they charge reasonable prices. I highly recommend them.

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Fair and friendy. Has handled my company business for years...and for years to come.

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Slone's Automotive is one of two mechanics in Dayton that I trust without a doubt to do great service at a fair price. I have taken my car here twice for service and have been blown away every single time with their service. I know a lot about cars and can tell immediately when someone is trying to pull a fast one. This has never been the case with Slone's. I walk in with a price estimate in my head, and they match it every time. Slone's is the best small business in Dayton, IMO.

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Can't say enough great things about Mick Slone and crew! Business has been around for a long time, I've used them since the 80s, and they did a great job fixing my Truck a few months ago. Always reasonable prices and up front about telling you what's wrong with your car. Total auto care that's just about as good as it gets.

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Slone's have been my "go to guys" since I started driving. Some 30 years later, I would not go anywhere else. I now live over an hour away, but well worth the drive for this level of service from someone I can trust.

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Really helpful staff, including clean & new U-Haul trucks. A multi-generation family business.

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