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BMW, MERCEDES, & MINI COOPER SPECIALISTS

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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 Angelo's Performance Plus.



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 Angelo's Performance Plus.



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. Angelo's Performance Plus has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



ASSOCIATIONS

  • BMW Specialists
  • Mini Cooper Specialists
  • Mercedes Specialists
  • Car Care Aware

Testimonials

  • Great service and I would recommend them to family and friends.
    -Matt D.

  • Everyone here is excellent. Gus and Michael are friendly and always take the time to answer all my questions. And Adel is a pleasure to work with. This place is like my second home. I'll be coming here from years to come!
    -Joe V.

  • Let's start, the service is a five star, has a family feel, and is literally the best mechanic shop for German motors in Sacramento! They show you all the details and what you need to know about your car. I Highly recommend this shop! And the price is just right!
    -Oscar T.

  • LIFE LONG CUSTOMER! It's not every shop that gives you a family feel. I'm new to the area, after exiting the military, and my classic bmw needed some love. not only was there service fast and professional, but they took the time to come up with a strategy to get my vehicle restored to where I wanted it to be. thank you for the personal touch, and the military discount :) my bmw's new home
    -Alex L.

  • Very pleased with the service and knowledge that Gus and Mike have. I literally have been taking my bmw all over town to try to find someone who knows what they are doing.so happy I found them! Thank you guys for getting my baby running like new.
    -Sam H.

  • Excellent choice for BMW or Mercedes repair or maintenance. Really like this shop.
    -S. Newland

  • I take my Mercedes to Angelo's because they do good work and the prices are reasonable unlike the Mercedes-Benz dealership.
    -Michael T.

  • I was just blown away by the great service and reasonable prices. They use the proper parts for their repair on foreign and all other makes which makes my car run like it is brand new. Mike ,the owners son was the nicest guy, did not make you feel as a recently widowed lady getting ripped off. Not only were the repairs done the right way but he also drove me back and forth to my home, who else does this. I will never go any place else for my car service needs. So happy to have found them, 5 stars!
    -Gloria I.