Best Auto Repair, Port St Lucie

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  • 1935 SW South Macedo Blvd
    Port St Lucie, FL 34984

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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

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  • Mon 8:00AM - 5:30PM
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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 Empire Automotive.



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 Empire Automotive.



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



What People Say About Us

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    This is the best place to take your vehicle. John is honest and does great work!

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    John is honest & affordable. I don't take my SUV anywhere else but to him since I found him.

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    I had my car serviced here last week. The axle on my car broke, and I have to say this was the best experience ever! John is an honest mechanic. As a woman, you get nervous thinking that you'll be taken advantage of. That was not the case at Empire Automotive. John figured out my problem quickly and had my car ready in a day! His prices beat anyone in labor, and he didn't try to sell me services I didn't need. If you are looking for a reliable, honest and reasonably priced mechanic, look no further. Thank you John!

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    The owner is quick, understanding and very personable and professional! He knew exactly what to do with my car and it's working great! I'd recommend this shop to everyone!

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    John was wonderful and fair! He kept within the time frame promised which is important to me with two small kids. I would highly recommend him to everyone!

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    John is a great, honest mechanic. He won't lie to you and try to get you to do a bunch of repairs you don't need at outrageous prices. I took my car to a few places before a family member recommended Empire. When I took it to John, he told me exactly what the one problem was, and his price to fix it was about half of what others were quoting. I will always bring my car to him from now on, from the smallest thing like an oil change, to whatever other problems may come. Very highly recommend Empire. You won't be dissatisfied.

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    Thank you so much for taking care of Kayla!! We greatly appreciate it! Honest work, thanks again!

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    John is amazing. He has always been able to fix any issues we have had with my Expedition and LandRover. He is very affordable and does a great job! Wouldn't trust anyone else!!

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    I've been in the automotive repair industry for 30 years. Known John since 2008. Was his supervisor for 5 years. I can go anywhere, I know guys in the business. I go here. I trust John. Smart, fair, and a nice guy.

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    John is very honest and clear about what he does with your car, what he checked for and what he recommends. Plus we didn't have to wait hours. Will always go back to Empire for my auto needs!

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    This is the best place to take your vehicle. John is honest and does great work!

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