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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, Kingsport, TN

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 Almen Enterprises.



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 Almen Enterprises.



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. Almen Enterprises has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



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TESTIMONIALS

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The best services that you can get, a very friendly environment and a very strong Christian place. I will continue to use this place. Thanks so much.
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A1 service! Everyone else in the area said two to three weeks to get parts and fix my trailer and almost 2k in cost. These guys got it in 3 days and just over 1k. Thank you guys!
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They take awesome care of our company's road calls and service in their area of TN. Great people to deal with.
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Good people, good work.
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If y'all are having a hard time finding good mechanics look no further because you've found them here!!! Almen Enterprises not only fixed my car but they were super nice and worked with me along the way! I talked with Rob about my car, he's very knowledgeable and kind. They are very reasonable on price as well!! I will be a returning customer from here on out!! I can't say enough good things about Rob, Besty and this company!!
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Good people to deal with.
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Great and speedy service.
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Outstanding mechanics working on both gas & diesel vehicles. Everyone is friendly and they've always provided detailed info as to what's going on with our vehicles. Highly recommended!
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My husband and our family were driving from Northern VA visiting his grandmother in Kingsport when about an hour before arrival our diesel truck started smoking and acting up. Thankfully we made it to Kingsport and pulled right into Almen. They were all so friendly and were able to repair the truck the next day at a very reasonable price! We made it back home safe and the truck is running perfect. Thank You!!
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Today was the second time I"ve had my car fixed here, and the service has been awesome! Today was especially a blessing! Thank you Jon Almen and staff! I will never go anywhere else.
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The best. I've had great experience there. I bring my 18 wheeler over there. I tried stealing him and bringing him to Louisiana.
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Some of the best and most knowledgable service you will find for your vehicle.
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Good folk to deal with. They get the job done on time at a good price.
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They do exceptional work. At Trinity Memorial Funeral Home we rely on keeping our vehicles looking perfect to serve our families. They make sure they do. I recommend service highly.
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These guys are top of the line mechanics, as professional as they come. I won't go anywhere else.
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Each and every time something goes wrong with my car, we take it here. This dude rocks.
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I have complete trust in what they tell me is wrong with my car. They have worked on our cars for years, and have always been effective and fair.
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Great business relationship! The technician was excellent and knew what he was talking about. Hopefully everything goes well with our Deutz Parts.
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These guys are the best!!! They are friendly and easy to deal with...and will get your vehicle running and on the road again in a timely manner!
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Excellent and Honest Service at a fair price!! Highly recommend!!
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Great shop!