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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 Expert 4WD & Auto.



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 Expert 4WD & Auto.



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. Expert 4WD & Auto has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



What People Say About Us


  • -Penni B.

    I've been coming here for 2 1/2 yrs, I can't say enough about how professional, honest and reliable they are. Joe is great, straight forward, honest and answers all my questions. Thank you!!!


  • -Jim T.

    Had a clutch replaced on 1988 f150 4x4 that had a vibration problem, took truck back in and Joe and his team took prompt care of the problem. Truck now runs perfectly. These guy stand behind their work! Great job Expert 4x4!


  • -Penni B.

    My Jeep wouldn't pass emissions due to a Evap Emissions leak code. Joe and Larry ran a test to find that there was a crack in the gas tank. They were able to fix it quickly and get me back on the road. The customer service here is superior, everyone is friendly and helpful. I completely trust them. This is the 3rd time I've had to bring in my Jeep and every experience has been great. I highly recommend them. Thank you.


  • -George P.

    This place is great. They will go out of their way to help. Honest and when they tell you they are having your car or truck ready it is ..... No excuses.


  • -Margaret D.

    The only shop I can trust with my car. They have never disappointed and deliver good and timely services.


  • -R.M.

    This is the only shop I will allow to work on my vehicle. They do very good work at a reasonable timeline and price. Would never hesitate to recommend them for any work needing done.


  • -William R.

    I have used them for years. I've been able to TRUST.


  • -Lee A.

    My front brakes were shot and I needed them fixed before the weekend. Joe got me in on short notice and his crew did an awesome job fixing the brakes and a front wheel bearing. The cost was reasonable and I always feel confident when these guys work on my vehicles. I recommend them highly!


  • -Hannah N.

    Always amazing service. These guys are prompt, honest and great at what they do. Highly recommend.


  • -Rebecca N.

    Expert 4WD takes care of their customers and stands behind their work. I will without a doubt be coming back here for any future repair needs.


  • -Liza C.

    They're a good honest shop and know what they're doing!


  • -Michael R.

    Never had a bad experience. Everyone in my family has taken our vehicles (well over a dozen) for the past 10-15 years. I live in Denver now, but still take my vehicle to Expert 4WD. I've been treated with respect, but am always answered with honesty when asking the hard questions. Really cannot thank Joe and Larry enough for the years of service! I have no plans on changing mechanics in the future.


  • -Graceann S.

    These guys were very, very nice and very helpful! Our blower in our car went out in the middle of a snow storm and these guys let us stop by with no appointment, fixed our issue, got us out within 15 mins. Highly recommend!


  • -Nathan B.

    Good people run this place. Rates are good.


  • -S. Swartz

    Expert 4x4 has been the go to place for car care for the family for 15 years or more. They always treat us with respect and are very fair in getting the work done at the best price they can offer. You will never regret letting them repair or simply maintain your vehicle.


  • -Lindsey M.

    My family has taken our vehicles here for years. Very professional and honest! Really just wonderful people all around! I would recommend this place to anyone!


  • -Kaylen S.

    Amazing service. Treat you like family. These people know their stuff and are trustworthy.


  • -Mandi S.

    Wouldn?t trust my car anywhere else. Best service in Northern Colorado!


  • -Kurt R.

    After 30,000 miles on a new engine in my 2011 Jeep Liberty installed by this shop, I feel the need to thank them for a job well done. Not one issue with the install and the service was excellent. Will use again, no question,.


  • -Jenifer L.

    My transmission went out of my SUV...I took it here and the service was excellent! I will trust all of my repairs to my vehicles to this team. I got quality work at a reasonable price in a timely fashion. A+++


  • -Loren V.

    I am fairly selective in giving out positive reviews online but Larry and his team have earned it for repeated positive experiences in fixing my vehicles. All I can say is that this team does everything in its power to make sure you are taken care of in an industry know for the opposite. What else is there to say. They deserve your business.


  • -Adam W.

    Quoted me considerably less than other shops (30-40% less) for a clutch replacement. The turnaround was wasn't the quickest, but were willing work around my schedule and meet me on a day they were closed to get my car back before a holiday weekend. Would highly recommend; great experience working with this shop.


  • -Ben W.

    Expert 4wd provides good customer service, great work and reasonable prices. I work with Joe on a regular basis, and trust him to be straight with me (which is a rare thing the in the automotive industry). -Ben


  • -Erik N.

    My wife and I took our honeymoon in Estes Park, CO and our transmission went out in our suv. We took the truck to Expert 4wd in Loveland, CO and after talking with Joe I knew our truck was in good hands. The transmission we needed was not going to get there before we were heading back so Joe called enterprise and gave us a ride to get a rented car, We enjoyed the rest of our honeymoon and took the rental back to our home state. After the repairs were complete I flew to Denver and to my surprise Joe was willing to pick me up at the airport on a Sat to pick up the suv. The amount of customer service, hospitality and honesty was amazing, I would highly recommend these guys to work on your vehicle. Thank you Joe!!!! I can not say that enough for everything you did for my wife and I


  • -Teri D.

    They have done work on my vehicle twice and have done an awesome job and are very friendly!


  • -Aaron S.

    Great honest service in a timely manner! Greatly appreciated!!


  • -Patrick B.

    Expert 4x4 is the best automotive shop in loveland. These guys take care of you and they do great work! I have bought two vehicles from these guys and have been nothing but satisfied with there honesty and quality of work. I will be a life long customer


  • -Derek P.

    I have had all my cars worked on by expert4x4 he might be a bit pricey but they do the best job on your car and you don't have To take it back in for the same reason twice like other shops that rip and screw you I know the main guy and he is great to work with!


  • -Camilla W.

    We got great service, fast turnaround, and all at a reasonable price. We were very pleased with the results & now we know where to go for repairs. Our experience was terrific. If someone asked me where to go in town for repairs, this place would be my first mention.


  • -Penni B.

    I've been coming here for 2 1/2 yrs, I can't say enough about how professional, honest and reliable they are. Joe is great, straight forward, honest and answers all my questions. Thank you!!!

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