illuminated dashboard warning lights

Can you guess what most Jerome car repair requests are? At Master Muffler, we perform a lot of the same car repair services day after day.

Your Jerome car repair needs can range from a quick fix such as replacing the air filter, to something more complex, such as replacing a clutch. Whatever it is you’d like Master Muffler to look at, we’ll do our best to make it a smooth process.

Common Car Repair Issues 

Here’s a look at what we see most often when it comes to Jermone car repair.

Illuminated Dashboard Lights

If you’ve never gotten into your vehicle to see that pesky “Check Engine” light illuminated, you’re a pretty lucky driver! This light can turn on for a variety of reasons, ranging from a loose gas cap to an actual engine issue. At Master Muffler Jerome, we can read the codes generated by your engine’s computer to explain the problem. 

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

If you’re wondering what car repair you need to plan for when the check engine light comes on, here are some common triggers:

  • Mass Airflow Sensor – Your engine needs oxygen to run, and if it isn’t getting the right amount, this sensor may trigger your “check engine” light. 
  • Oxygen Sensor – The oxygen sensor measures how much oxygen is in your emissions, and if the ratio is off it can kick on your dashboard light. 
  • Catalytic Converter  – This is part of your car’s exhaust system and is necessary to eliminate harmful emissions from your engine. If the catalytic converter isn’t functioning properly, your light can click on, and you may notice a sulfur (rotten egg) smell coming from your car.
  • Spark Plugs  – Typically, spark plugs don’t need to be replaced often (30,000 – 90,000 miles).  However, if they are worn down, your engine’s ignition process is affected and your check engine light will turn on.

Time for an Oil Change

This is more of a maintenance issue than a car repair, but failing to keep up with this can result in bigger problems. And since an oil change is made easier with access to a hoist or lifts for your car, it’s one of the most common Jerome car repair services we offer at Master Muffler. Depending on your vehicle, these days you can go anywhere between 5,000 to 7,000 miles between oil changes. Synthetic motor oil has come a long way, and it allows for more driving while still maintaining vehicle performance.

Vehicle Won’t Start

It’s probably happened to all of us; we get behind the wheel, put the key in the ignition, give it a turn, and nothing happens. If you’re lucky, there will at least be the telltale “click click click” of your car struggling to start. This is usually a sign that your battery or alternator is dead. Thankfully, changing out your car’s battery is a fairly simple process that requires few tools. Replacing an alternator is also a pretty easy fix, but may take more of your time than it’s worth.

Engine Stutters

Have you ever felt or heard your engine stutter when you’re driving or idling? It’s a very common car repair concern, but it’s something Master Muffler can help with. A stuttering engine is often a sign of a problem with the fuel intake and combustion processes. Sometimes we can fix the problem just by cleaning your mass airflow sensor.

Poor Fuel Economy

If you notice you need to refill your tank more often than usual, it can be signs your engine needs a tune-up. Worn spark plugs, low tire pressure, or a dirty air filter can all contribute to poor fuel economy. 

Steering Wheel Shudders

It’s a scary feeling when the steering wheel doesn’t respond to your touch the way it should. If you notice the wheel pulling to one side or shuddering, it can be a sign you need a tire alignment. Rotating and aligning your car’s wheels not only improves steering performance but can lengthen the life of your tires.

Flat Tire

Most of us learn about changing a flat when we first get our license and the keys to the car. But if you never actually do a tire change, it can be a daunting task when you’re stuck on the side of the road. However, since it’s one of the most common car repair issues we face as drivers, it’s important to familiarize ourselves with this process.

Brakes are Noisy

Brakes usually need to be replaced around 50,000 miles. If you’re an aggressive driver or regularly frequent rough roads, you may need to take a look at your brake pads and rotors sooner. If you hear rattling or grinding when you brake, it can be a sign that your pads are worn, and your brake calipers are grinding against the brake rotor. Bring your car to Jerome Master Muffler for any concerns you have regarding your vehicle’s brakes.

Windshield Wipers Won’t Wipe

Without fail, it seems like when the windshield wipers stop working, it’s always on the driver’s side! Wiper replacement is a pretty common car repair issue, and it’s an easy part to replace on your own. Refer to your car’s instruction manual for your wiper size. You can unclip your worn wipers and clip in the new ones in a few minutes, using just your hands.

Let us know how the Jerome car repair experts can help you today!

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