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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, Clayton, NC

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 Clayton Lube & Tune.



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 Clayton Lube & Tune.



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. Clayton Lube & Tune has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.




What Our Customers Are Saying

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I have been a customer for 3 years by now. I have only good experiences. I always get the feeling of being serviced in the correct way. They always search for the goods solutions and I have never had the feeling of being sold something that is not needed. My very best recommendations to Phil and his team!!

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Clayton Lube & Tune is AWESOME! The team is friendly, very knowledgeable & professional. I have been looking for a place in Clayton for years to service my GMC & I Hyundai vehicles and this place is the best in town. They have excellent technology for scheduling, repair options and cost review but also provide excellent staff to answer my questions in a timely & accurate manner on the phone & in the office. I was able to drop my car off 1 day prior to my service appointment & they were able to turn it around the same day. Huge surprise & greatly appreciated. The team always offers local rides and option of a loaner vehicle to accommodate to my busy schedule and general convenience. I have had oil changes, brake and AC work as well as general inspections with the work being professional, done properly & at a fair price. This is my go to auto shop & I will always recommend to anyone I talk with. A GREAT customer service experience exceeding my expectations! Thank You!!!!

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Customer Service was wonderful, did not have to wait very long to get my car inspected and they also replaced a fuse for me. I will definitely go back there for my next service.

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Went in 3 months ago for brakes, a/c and an oil change. Everything is working great and I really appreciate the guys. They went above and beyond for replacing my air filters and my window button. The staff were great as well as the quality of work. Thanks again.

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Everyone at Clayton Lube & Tune is extremely professional and prompt! I was in and out much faster if I went some place else! Thanks for great service!

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These people went above and beyond my expectations. I was there for a very simple service, an inspection; the fact that every single member of the staff stopped in to speak to me was enormously impressive. I can't tell you the last time that that has happened prior to visiting Clayton Tune and Lube. Prior to this I had a mechanic with whom I was okay. Moving forward, this is my garage of choice.

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Great customer service! These guys are the best. They helped me figure out what maintenance I needed and got me an appointment right away. Upfront pricing quote made it easy to choose the services I wanted.

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These guys were great! We had to get an inspection on my daughters car and they got us right in. She had a few things that failed the inspection process but they quickly gave us quotes for the repairs that were truly very well priced and they offered to get it done for her ASAP. First time here but I will make sure I and my friends/family check them out!

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My van broke down on the side of 70 and was unsure of where to bring it for repair. Spoke with someone who quickly and he said to have it towed to the shop. Service was excellent, the staff was great and even received a follow up text to ensure my van is running great. Customer service on point. Thanks Clayton Lube and Tune team!!

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We have always received great service here, with reasonable prices. We had an issue after having our brake pads changed, problem with the part, not the service. They fixed it without any problems and followed up to make sure everything was 100% perfect. I would recommend them!

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I cannot say enough good things about Clayton Lube & Tube!!! My husband and I are new to the area and I needed an oil change and tire rotation done on my car. I was very impressed by all the wonderful reviews that this business had!!! Now I know why!!! They are very customer oriented and do the best for the customer and their vehicle. They took the time to explain what maintenance my vehicle might need and a timeline for that. I was very impressed with this business and they now have two new loyal customers!!!

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You can tell they care about their clients and providing exceptional service. Despite us being on the more difficult side as customers they were very reassuring and professional. They took great care of our work vehicle and was even able to save us money in the end. Thank you!

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