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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 Bayside Auto Works.



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 Bayside Auto Works.



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. Bayside Auto Works has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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Testimonials

  • Went to Bayside today for an oil change and waited for the service to be completed. I was amazed and impressed how Chris (who was sick) handled the phone, customers, and service staff all the while being fast and pleasant. My service was done on time and the bill was as estimated. I will return and recommend.
    -Buck B.

  • When visiting family and friends in Spring Hill my car started having some serious issues. Knowing that I had well over 1,000 miles to get it back home to Ohio, I had to have it repaired. Worried that because I was from out of town that I would possibly have problems. I went to Bayside on the recommendation of a family member in Spring Hill. Greg and his staff looked the car over, found the problem and fixed it. The car runs great, and they did not overinflate the charges like I have had done to me before. I drove the car home, there were NO problems, the work was quality work and Greg and his staff are simply awesome! THANK YOU~
    -Vicki B. -Heath Ohio

  • Very impressed with the service. They are very friendly and professional. I am familiar with vehicle repair and they took me to the repair area and showed everything that needed attention and it was right on. They got my 2004 Taurus with 175k miles on it running and most important stopping like new. Highly recommended.
    -David B.

  • I don't normally write reviews, but I felt I had to write one for this business. Overall, my experience there was a pleasure...from Karen, the receptionist to the owner who was always available to answer questions . My car had some A/C problems and was diagnosed and fixed and I didn't have to pay an arm and a leg. They have a new customer now...I will trust them to make repairs at a fair price...all they while being courteous and professional.
    -Andrea, Spring Hill

  • I recently moved to this area and was very pleased to find a place with such great service. Everything was fixed to perfection. I found the prices to be very fair. The staff was extremely courteous and helpful. A five star business in my opinion.
    -ll Revett - Spring Hill, FL

  • I kept hearing about Bayside Auto Works from 99.9 radio that I always listen to. I needed my car checked and an oil change. They were courteous, professional, even rotated my tires, replaced my lights in my tag that were our all for a very reasonable price. I will refer others to Bayside and be doing business with them from now on. You just don't find businesses and auto care services like this anymore. Thanks Bayside.
    -Meg, Spring Hill

  • Very impressed with how business is conducted here. I've been in Florida for 21 years and have had some bad experiences with auto repair shops but not this one. They earned my business in the future.
    -Briana, Hudson

  • I am happy with the work I had done on my car here (coil over/spacer install and alignment) and found their price very reasonable. Thanks guys!
    -Cory, Spring Hill

  • After recently realizing I spent the past few years being taken across town by a shady mechanic, I was happy to end up at Bayside. My car is used 95% for work so keeping it in top shape is very important to me. Greg and his staff were honest, prompt, and reasonable. I look forward to my next visit. I highly recommend!
    -Chris, Tarpon Springs

  • Everyone was pleasant and the mechanic didn't try to get me to approve work that wasn't necessary. I saved money
    -Jaclyn, Spring Hill

  • It is a pleasure to take your vehicle to a repair garage and know in some way shape or form your not going to be taken advantage of is a huge relief for a peace of mind. Thank you Greg and Bayside Auto works for providing me with professional service and a friendly atmosphere.
    -Bob, Spring Hill

  • It is a pleasure to take your vehicle to a repair garage and know in some way shape or form your not going to be taken advantage of is a huge relief for a peace of mind. Thank you Greg and Bayside Auto works for providing me with professional service and a friendly atmosphere.
    -Bob, Spring Hill

  • The problem with my car was diagnosed quickly and with accuracy. The repair was completed in a timely manner and the technicians solved the problem. I was very impressed that Greg remembered me from an earlier visit about two months ago. His ability to remember my name/auto indicates that he is on the ball! I will be a repeat customer.
    -Melissa, Spring Hill

  • The problem with my car was diagnosed quickly and with accuracy. The repair was completed in a timely manner and the technicians solved the problem. I was very impressed that Greg remembered me from an earlier visit about two months ago. His ability to remember my name/auto indicates that he is on the ball! I will be a repeat customer.
    -Mark, Spring Hill

  • Everything that was scheduled to be checked was done. I was surprised at how quickly It was completed. Everything was put back together properly and completely, with no resulting cleanup or fixes required. All-in-all, it was a good professional job.
    -Robert, Spring Hill

  • I have been in the Automotive field myself for over 32 years, And to find A business that looks after the customer as well as Graig, and Manny at Bayside is a true Blessing.. Ifinally have a place to take my Vehicle with NO worries. Thank you and your staff.
    -Jeff J, Spring Hill

  • The techs were quick and efficient in fixing the engine problem and had the car back to me within a matter of hours. Also, the repair cost was very reasonable.
    -Done, Spring Hill

  • Great job as always. Feel real confident and trusting when ever you check my vehicle, that you will be honest with me as to what needs to be done. So my car will be safe.
    -Joseph, Spring Hill

  • What I like most about bayside auto works is that you get that old fashioned feel where it truly is a small business catering to the community and most important of all they never try to upsell you! you go in for what you need and that's that!!
    -Pete, Spring Hill

  • One of the best automotive repair experiences I've ever had and I've been into cars since the 60s. Well worth the 30 min drive. Finally found a shop I can trust. Greg knows his cars... all cars, and has a strong desire to treat people right. He repaired my wife's Bimmer for much less than all the other quotes received from other german repair shops and he completed the job as quoted and faster than expected. Doesn't matter what you drive, if it needs attention, take it to Greg. I'd recommend anyone to Greg - their stress and anxiety about dealing with repair shops will cease to exist. I'm taking my Sonata to Bayside too.
    -Mark, Odessa

  • The best place on the planet to have anything done to any vehicle. Courteous, professional. And the price is right.
    -Troy, Spring Hill

  • am very pleased with the work your mechanics have done. It is nice to know that there is an automotive shop that cares about its customers, and not out to gouge us. I will definitely recommend you to anyone that asks for a reputable shop. Thank you, and have a prosperous new year.
    -Jeff, Spring Hill

  • Excellent customer service! Fair price and quick efficient work!
    -Rachel, Tarpon Springs

  • Wow! The service that I receive at Bayside is the best I have ever received at an auto service center. From the complete service breakdown to the final bill . I always feel totally comfortable in their friendly environment. Thanks Greg
    -Chris Hudson