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Repair FAQ – Car Repair

Car Starter Problems

My car won’t start, does that mean its the starter?

It makes a lot of sense, the starter starts the car and the car won’t start, so it must be broken. If only it was that easy. Sometimes starters go bad and need to be replaced, but more often than not your problem is not the starter. Here are some causes of starter problems:

  • Battery Corrosion
  • Dead Battery
  • Faulty Ignition Switch

Fixing Car Starter Problems in West Chester, PA

One indication that your starter is the problem is if you hear a click after turning the key. Commonly this sound has to do with your solenoid, but there are a number of factors that could be preventing your car from starting. If your dashboard lights won’t turn on or seem dim, try getting a jump start and heading into our shop. If the lights come on as normal, you’ll probably need a tow.

Even if the issue turns out not to be your starter, we also supply the following repairs:

Recommended Vehicle Maintenance and Dealer Warranties

Do I have to take my car to the dealership to keep my vehicle’s warranty?

You are not required to take your car to the dealership to keep your vehicle under warranty. If you take your car to an independent repair shop you can get the same services at a much lower price. As long as you keep your receipt for the services performed it will not void your vehicle’s warranty.

Brake Repair West Chester PA

How do I know if my auto brakes need to be serviced or replaced?

In most cases your auto mechanic will tell you that you need new brakes before they ever show symptoms of being worn down. Signs to watch for with brakes include:

  • Shuddering or uneven stopping
  • Pulling to the left or right while braking
  • ABS light on dashboard turns on

If you ever have trouble stopping, it is highly recommended that you call a tow truck. It doesn’t make much sense to risk an accident to save some money on a tow truck.

Repairing Auto Brakes in West Chester PA

If you car is experiencing some of the above options, it’s important to take action. Contact us and our experienced mechanics can repair your brakes in no time. Maintaining brakes is important for your safety, and damaged brakes left untouched could also cause problems for other parts of your vehicle. Plus, brakes should be checked to pass PA car inspection.

Our Chester County brake services include:

  • Problem diagnosis
  • Brake pad removal and replacement
  • Cleaning and/or adjustments
  • Brake system repair

Transmission Repair

How do I know if I have a problem with my transmission?

Slippage is one of the first signs of a failing transmission. If you put your foot on the gas and it takes your car more than a second to start moving then your transmission is slipping. Also, if your car accelerates unevenly or abruptly, this is a sign of transmission slippage. It is important to bring your truck in for service at the first signs of slipping because we may be able to help you avoid a pricey transmission replacement. Even if your transmission needs to be replaced, it is best to take care of it early because it may fail at an inopportune time and/or ruin other parts of your drive train.

Transmission Repair in West Chester, PA

Transmission problems can be scary, especially if they happen while driving. Here are some warning signs of an upcoming transmission issue so you can bring your vehicle into our shop before it’s too late:

  • Burning smell
  • Leaking transmission fluid
  • Slippage
  • Check engine light
  • Grinding sounds

In the event that these warnings signify a different problem, we also repair engines and brakes.

Car Exhaust Repair in West Chester

How do I know if my exhaust needs to be repaired?

If your car is excessively noisy, then you have a problem with your exhaust system. Other exhaust problems are difficult to spot. Every vehicle must pass an emissions test for State Inspection, so this is when many exhaust problems are diagnosed. Even if your car seems to be running normally, you may have a problem that is causing harm to the environment. This is just one of many car repairs where you need a trustworthy auto mechanic like Advanced Automotive and Truck Repair in West Chester, so that you know you are not being sold an unnecessary repair.

West Chester Car Exhaust Repair Shop

Professional technicians at Advanced Automotive and Truck Repair will diagnose your car problem and determine if you need a car exhaust repair. The exhaust is a critical part of your vehicle’s engine, and a broken exhaust can cause harmful emissions, create loud noises, and waste gas.

Engine Repair in West Chester

How do I know if there is something wrong with my engine?

Some signs of engine trouble include:

    • check engine lights
    • rough idling or stalling
    • difficulty starting
    • poor acceleration or fuel economy
    • burning oil.

Burning oil means that you need to continually add oil between oil changes. This is a common problem with older vehicles, and you may just need to add a bit of oil every once in a while, but if you have to put in more than a quart between oil changes, this is a problem and you should get it looked at.

West Chester Engine Repair Shop

The good news is that engines very rarely need to be replaced. Usually the problem with the engine is due to a malfunction with one of the hundreds of parts outside of the engine that are easier and less costly to replace than the engine itself. Advanced Automotive & Truck Repair can diagnose the problem with your car and offer a reliable and affordable solution. Our West Chester auto repair shop specializes in all types of auto and truck repairs.

Contact us with any questions or visit our discount center to see our special pricing.

Wheels, Tires, Alignment and Suspension Repair

I think I have a problem with my suspension?

If your car is difficult to drive in a straight line or it pulls in one direction, then you have a problem with your tires, your alignment, your suspension or all of the above. Other signs include a rough ride (feeling bumps in the road more than before) or excessive swaying when driving around corners. A good first step would be to check that all of your tires are inflated properly. We may be able to fix your problem with an alignment, or we may need to replace a part in your suspension. It’s a good idea to look into these problems quickly because a suspension problem may cause your tires to wear unevenly, and replacing all of your tires can be very expensive.

Repair FAQ- Light Duty Truck Repair

Fast Truck Repair

How long will the repair take? When will I get my truck back?

Truck RepairWe understand that every day your truck is out of commission is costing you money. We make every effort to repair work trucks as quickly as possible. The best thing to do is to give us a call and tell us the problem. We can usually adjust our work schedule to quickly service or repair your truck. If we are too busy to handle your repair request immediately we can help you find someone who can.

Fast Truck Repair in West Chester, PA

Our highly trained mechanics have experience working with all types of light & medium duty trucks.

  • Dump Trucks
  • Plow Trucks
  • Tow Trucks
  • Passenger Vans
  • Box Trucks
  • Pickup Trucks

Trailer Repair and Trailer Inspection

Can you fix and inspect my trailer?

We can’t say we fix any type of trailer but we fix most of them, including:

  • Car dollies
  • Boat trailers
  • Landscape Trailers

We also can handle trailer state inspection & repairs.

Trailer Inspection in West Chester, PA

Finding a reliable source for trailer inspection can be difficult, but we make it easy at Advanced Automotive & Truck Repair. Our team has the knowledge and experience to ensure that your trailer is street safe and legal. You can trust us because we won’t try and sell you on unnecessary repairs.

Truck Rust and Rot Prevention

How can I keep my truck from rusting and rotting?

You can’t stop corrosion. However, there are ways to drastically improve the life of your truck. Have your truck washed and waxed every month, and especially before a snow storm when there will be lots of salt on the roads. When our mechanics examine your truck they look for potential problems and can seal up areas with the early stages of rust. A little rustoleum on the undercarriage of your truck can add years to the life of the vehicle.