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  • Aztek Automotive

    6425 S Pulaski Rd
    Chicago, IL 60629

    773-735-3388

    Mon - Fri 8:00 - 6:00
    Sat 8:00 - 4:00
    Sun CLOSED

  • Aztek Auto Supply

    11010 S Halsted St
    Chicago, IL 60628

    773-468-1925

    Mon - Fri 8:00 - 7:00
    Sat 8:00 - 6:00
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  • Aztek Auto Parts

    6425 S Pulaski Rd
    Chicago, IL 60629

    773-735-3388

    Mon - Fri 8:00 - 8:00
    Sat 8:00 - 7:00
    Sun 8:30 - 6:00

773-735-3388 | 6425 S Pulaski Rd

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, Chicago, IL

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 Aztek Automotive.



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 Aztek Automotive.



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. Aztek Automotive has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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TESTIMONIALS

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They will take the time to get you the right part if available.
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Just finding out about this spot. Will be going there in the future for specialized auto needs.
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Very knowledgeable.
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Best shop around
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It's one place under one roof you can get all your requirement's satisfactorily, guaranteed done. Reasonable price.I personally Was satisfied.
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They Did a great job with my truck I strongly recommend very professional
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This place is outstanding....went in for a tire rotation and wheel alignment.....car drives straight....very professional!!!!!
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Extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Was able to give me a good price and fair estimate of the cost of repairs within 5 minutes of talking about the issues I was having with my car. Would highly recommend for people on a budget.
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Robert is one of the most helpful mechanics I've ever had, hes always very prudent and fast with repairs I've needed, always gets back to me within a couple of hours of calling. Robert is one of the few people I trust with getting repairs done to my car, quickly and at an extremely reasonable cost.
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A fantastic auto garage. I trust them with all my cars. Staff was very kind. Great service, great price.