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 Bobby's Auto Care.



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 Bobby's Auto Care.



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. Bobby's Auto Care has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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TESTIMONIALS

"Always a good experience with Bobby and Robin while repairing our two "senior" vehicles. Repairs are quick, even when we have an unexpected repair. My husband, John, is a veteran and we appreciate that Bobby's Auto Care gives veteran discounts and also senior citizen discounts."


-Kathie T.

"Great Job guys - Honest and dependable without any drama or nonsense. Finding a good mechanic is harder than finding a good doctor and my search is over. They do outstanding work."


-Jim M.

"I had another wonderful experience dealing with Bobby and Robin. I went in a couple months ago and got an estimate for work that needed to be done to my car. I saved up and when I finally brought my car in to be worked on the estimate was still right on and Bobby had me back in my car after only two days. My car is driving great!! Such a couple of human beings they are and extremely talented mechanic!"


-Tina M.

"I normally do not write reviews. But there are times when I do because the service and honesty should be commended. Bobby's Autocare are very friendly and always trying to make you feel at home when you come to their shop. Prices are very reasonable and Bobby himself is a great mechanic. I would recommend to anyone that is looking to fix or maintain their car knowing that they are getting a fair price and honest service."


-Sam E.

"As always, Bobbys Auto Care was a great experience! I got front and rear brakes, oil change, and an issue with my shifter fixed in one day. Bobby made a few calls and got the parts delivered within hours! Of course his wife Robin was a delight as always to speak with and pass the time. They have WiFi AND outlets for your phone charger (thank the Lord haha) highly recommend!"


-Heather P.

" I have been to many mechanics, and I am familiar with the surrounding area. Because I had known my mechanic for so long, I had always taken my car there (Ledgewood NJ) but what a mistake! I brought my car to Bobby's Auto Care who came highly recommended from a road side service I used that morning, and was sooooo very satisfied with the results! Not only were they so very friendly that I felt like I was with family!...everything was explained to me in great detail, and their motto is...If we're not honest with our customers, they won't come back...which is so very true! They are reasonably priced, and they even offer some type of credit plan...which I'm not familiar with...if need be! What more can one ask for? To sum things up...I had a wonderful experience, and I will definitely go back, and refer anyone there! :)"


-Urusla E.

"In short: fast, friendly, and affordable. These are good people who will explain your options and work with you to get your car fixed right without making you spend too much. Bobby works hard and gets work done quickly especially if you call ahead. I refer all of my friends here, but nobody lives nearby. So now I'll refer strangers too. You can trust Bobby's work--and he fixes VWs too! "


-Lucas D.

"My 2008 Dodge had issues with making noise going around turns with or without brakes. He found the issue quickly and in 1 day had my car back on the road. My brakes were the problem as well as other items within that same area that a normal mechanic could not fix correctly on my car. I highly recommend BOBBY for service of any DODGE truck or car as he knows these vehicles very well and gets them fixed in a timely fashion. Thanks also to the wife who keeps the place together and makes all of the appointments happen when I need them to happen."


-Robert B.

"Service was great. They accommodated me even after I realized I missed my earlier scheduled appointment."


-Heather H.

"Awesome, awesome, awesome. Have nothing to say but great things about this company. He's always willing and able to do anything for you. I highly recommend Bobby?s Auto Care to anybody looking to Get anything done to a vehicle."


-Funk J.

"Excellent Service, Convenient Appointments, Friendly Staff, Competitive Prices! I had gone to my dealership and was told that I needed brakes and tires. I went to Bobby's Auto Care to have the work done and was told that I did need new brakes but that the tires could wait 6 months. It was nice to space out those expenses! "


-Karen K.

"The team at Bobby's auto care are amazing. I highly recommend them to anyone. He is great with all vehicles. I feel so comfortable with him doing any work on my car. I know he will do a thorough job making sure everything is safe. Robyn was so great with making me feel right at home knowing my car is in good hands. The communication was superb. I wouldn't use any other mechanic for any work little or big. Bobby's Auto is the best place to bring your vehicle!!!"


-Carissa

"The service this place offers compared to the price they charge is well worth the investment 10 times over. And besides the excellent and timely work they provide, the couple, Robin and Bobby, make their small home business comfortable and inviting. I've trusted my work to no one else since being a first time customer a year ago. Thank you guys so much for everything you do for myself and everyone else!! :)"


-Luke Ciraky, Oxford, NJ

"Best service in the AREA!!!!"


-Patti Finnegan, Oxford, NJ

"Thanks Bobby for your honest & personal service! It's refreshing to know you care about your customers and keeping them satisfied."


-Ron Douros, Oxford, NJ

"Dear Bobby, Thank you very much for doing such a great job with Brett's van. Thank you for keeping the costs down as well. Our family really appreciates it. We will be recommending your business to all our friends and neighbors."


-Many Thanks, Brett & Kelly Leeds, Oxford, NJ

"Bobby has been caring for my vehicles for the past 15 years. It is really nice to see him bloom into his own business. Knowing that he is a Jeep specialist and having many years with Jeep and Chrysler, I feel VERY confident that he will be the best person to make any repairs that I may need. I am the third owner of my Jeep, he has cared for it since the original owner brought it home. Knowing this, Jeep Jeep as I refer to her, has over 408k miles and is still running well...Bring your vehicle to Bobby's, I know you will be as happy with his work as I am! He is honest and fair in his pricing!!!"


-RKT

"The nicest folks in Oxford - definitely take your car here - you won't be disappointed!"


-Carissa M.