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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 Covenant Automotive Repair & 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 Covenant Automotive Repair & 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. Covenant Automotive Repair & Service has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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Testimonials

  • We found our former auto repair shop closed only to "randomly" pull into Mark Knaak's, Covenant Automotive, LLC today. While it makes sense to get an appointment, they performed mechanical service on two of our cars without hesitation. They were pleasant to work with, asked appropriate questions, provided information and excellent service second to none. Mark is a VERY experienced mechanic and able to work on almost ANY make or model. He specializes in "high end" luxury vehicles. Raise your prices, Mark! You deserve EVERY penny. THANK YOU. We'll be back!
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  • Mark was honest, kind, worked very efficiently, and made my experience at Covenant Automotive not only enjoyable but heaven sent. I will certainly be taking my Nissan to him and his team as long as they are in business in Tucson. Thank you Mark for your kind heart and excellent service!
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  • Very impressed! I just dropped in before 3pm on 2/19/2018 with my 2001 F150 Lariat, thinking I might need a fuel filter replacement..."Service Engine Soon" light was lit. When they checked, it was determined the truck was misfiring on #8. I thought I'd have to arrange another day to bring it in for the estimated 3 hour job; Mark assured me that he could get two guys to work on it right away, and if they had to go a little past 5, they'd do whatever was needed to get me going. Well, a whole set of plugs and a new coil, and they finished at 4:50! Amazing work!
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  • My stepdad brings in our cars to Mark and he does a fabulous job taking care of them! I took my Nissan Maxima in for an oil change and to get my splash guard nailed back into place. They took excellent care of my car and I am very impressed with them! Will be back with my husband's car for an oil change, and will keep coming back! The oil change is a great price for the service that you receive!
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  • Very honest work done in timely manner prices very good
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  • Mark has worked on my Mercedes E350...and now a doge journey (only an oil change and inspection before cross country trip.) The service and above all, honesty you'll get here is just the best. We're moving east and will miss them!
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  • Very honest and fair! My stepdad has been bringing the cars here for years and they are very fast and effeciant. I will be coming back again in the future for any work that needs to be done to my car.
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  • Covenant has repaired my BMW multiple times and are amazing to work with. I always get a fair price and they are extremely responsive. They will continue to get my families business.
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  • My 2000 GMC 1500 SLT 2WD with 147K original miles had developed a popping sound in the frt left side while I was visiting in Tucson, and being a bit of a motorhead from years past, I had a good idea as to what it was. I took it into a well known national chain garage to do an inspection, not only did they charge me $20 to do the inspection, they quoted me well over $2300 to complete the work. Then I did a little web search and found Covenant Automotive which is backed by NAPA so I called made an appt. I took it in as scheduled and they got right on it, doing the inspection and working up a quote, that is when Mark told me that he would quote the job in the most economical manner, which meant replacing the entire upper arm rather than replacing the bushings and the ball joint separately on both sides, as well as the tie rods on both sides. He quoted me $1017 and change which also included an alignment. They took me back to the RV Park where I was staying and finish! ed the work as promised, on time and on budget! I have driven the truck now for a few weeks, took a 500 mile road trip and I am completely satisfied with the quality level of their work. Mark and his team are not just mechanics, they are motorheads themselves and it is in their blood, they will work on your car or truck as if it was their own and they take great pride in their commitment to their customers My thanks to the team at Covenant Automotive, and Happy New Year!
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  • All I can say is I wish you were here in Amarillo where I just moved. I've never had such good service from anyone, and I am a real skeptic when it comes to mechanics. You and your crew are the best. Thank you!
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