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Diagnose My Car Problem

Having car trouble? Check our list of the five most common car problems to help diagnose your car care questions.

At Meyers Auto Tech we know that having a good understanding of your vehicle’s symptoms will help us diagnose your problem more easily, and for lower cost too!  Click one of the symptoms below to help us diagnose your problem;


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Why won’t my engine start?

Here are the five most common reasons your car won’t start;

  • Weak battery
  • Failed starter motor
  • Failed alternator
  • Poor battery cable connections
  • Failed ignition or fuel injection system

So, now what should I do?

  • Has this happened before, or is this the first time?
  • Does it crank as though trying to start?
  • Will the engine run if jump-started?
  • Did you notice any other symptoms prior to this problem?
  • Has any service been performed on your car recently?
  • Call us!  We’ll be glad to help!

Why is my car pulling?

Here are the six most common causes of a vehicle that pulls to one side;

  • Failed brake pads or calipers
  • Worn suspension bushings
  • Steering linkage problems
  • Incorrect tire pressure
  • Improper wheel alignment
  • Defective tires

So, now what should I do?

  • Does the car pull at all times?
  • Does the car pull when braking?
  • Does the car pull when accelerating?
  • Has any service been performed on your car recently?
  • Call us!  We’ll be glad to help!

Why does my car squeal when stopping?

Here are the six most common causes of a vehicle that squeals when stopping;

  • Sticking brake calipers
  • Worn brake linings
  • Defective or poor quality brake pads
  • Brake wear indicators
  • Loose brake mounting hardware
  • Excessive brake dust build up

So, now what should I do?

  • Does it squeal anytime the car is in motion?
  • Does it squeal only while braking?
  • Does the squeal go away while braking?
  • Has any service been performed on your car recently?
  • Call us!  We’ll be glad to help!

Why does my car shake while driving?

The seven most common causes of vehicle shaking or vibrating while driving;

  • Worn CV joints
  • Worn U joints
  • Engine misfires
  • Warped brake rotors and/or drums
  • Bent or damaged wheels
  • Out of balance tires
  • Out of round tires

So, now what should I do?

  • Does it shake at any speed in particular?
  • Does it shake when stopped and idling?
  • Does it shake more when accelerating?
  • Does it shake more when braking?
  • Has any service been performed on your car recently?
  • Call us!  We’ll be glad to help!

Why is my “check engine light” on?

Here are the six most common causes of a check engine warning light;warning-lights

  • Poor engine tune condition
  • Electronic engine control system problem
  • Electronic transmission control system problem
  • Normal maintenance reminder light
  • Failed alternator
  • Failed ignition or fuel injection system

So, now what should I do?

  • Is the light on all the time, or intermittently?
  • Do you notice any other symptoms in addition to the light?
  • Have routine 30/60/90 K services been performed?
  • Has any service been performed on your car recently?
  • Call us!  We’ll be glad to help!


Why do cars breakdown?

  • That’s an Easy One …  A lack of regular maintenance!

So can I help prevent breakdowns?

Yes you can! Here’s how;

  • Bring your car in for regular inspections
  • Adhere to your car’s maintenance schedule

The top six automotive services that should be done to help avoid unnecessary problems;

  • Flush transmission fluid & replace filter
  • Inspect braking system & replace brake fluid
  • Flush cooling system
  • Replace power steering fluid
  • Inspect belts & hoses
  • Replace timing belt when due

When should regular preventative maintenance be performed?

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Don’t waste your time & money on preventable breakdowns. At Meyers Auto Tech we’ll help to keep your driving trouble free!

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