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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 West End Garage.



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 West End Garage.



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. West End Garage 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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    , 07/30/2020

    Friendly staff with lots of knowledge and experience

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    , 07/27/2020

    I work here so it must be good

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    , 02/13/2020

    They do great work!

  • reviewiconCar & Truck Care, near Little Rock, AR
    , 10/19/2016

    5 star auto repair and 5 star customer service! Hands down the best garage in Central Arkansas.

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    , 10/20/2016

    Best service around and the Hamilton's are some of the best people around can't go wrong!!

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    , 10/31/2016

    Great service, staff was very professional and friendly!

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    , 11/29/2016

    Good work done right and a fast turnaround highly recommended

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    , 03/09/2017

    This is the best shop I've ever worked for! They are family and treat everyone as family. If they can't fix it, no one can.

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    , 01/03/2018

    I have known the Hamilton family for 30 years they are great people and they have always took care of my car problems !

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    , 03/17/2018

    Love the Hamilton's and the great service at West End.

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    , 05/15/2018

    We love these folks and the super work they have always done for us!

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    , 08/22/2018

    This is the only place I take my car. It's a professional environment while still remaining friendly and they do fantastic work. Don't go anywhere else!!

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    , 02/11/2013

    They seem very nice

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    , 04/18/2013

    West End Garage has been my go-to repair shop for almost 20 years. They've always done an excellent job and have proven themselves the most trustworthy shop I've ever taken a vehicle to. I highly recommend them.

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    , 01/02/2015

    This is my fourth time at this location. The staff members are always courteous and fair with pricing. They do a quality job, in a timely manner, without trying to impose additional services. They are extremely knowledgeable and I feel confident leaving my car in their hands. Thank you so much for the great service.

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    , 04/06/2015

    Great staff, very affordable and reasonable prices! Fast repair! Great place! This is where I'll be taking all of my vehicles from now on. Thanks West End!

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    , 08/21/2015

    I finally found a garage that I can trust and that has real mechanics! These people are not "parts changers"! I run a fleet of service trucks and have been ripped off in almost every way possible by crappy, so called "mechanics". Unfortunately, many people who can afford to buy a Snap On Tool box do so, and then think this makes them a professional mechanic! I am a certified tech myself and I know this business, but when I need something fixed and cannot do it myself, It goes to West End. Top notch service people.

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    , 01/13/2016

    I totally agree with the other reviews! West End Garage has been the most honest and courteous place I have ever brought my car to for repairs. They deliver the greatest customer service and fairest prices I've ever seen in such a business. I HIGHLY recommend!!!!

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    , 01/21/2016

    These guys were awesome. They were nice and fixed my RV while I was on a road trip by myself. They took mud daubers out of a pressure release valve instead of charging me an arm and an leg for something I really did not need, and they fixed the leaks left by the mechanic I saw the day before. They were able to get me back on the road the same days and were honest and great about it. I love them and would recommend them to anybody. My heroes.

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    , 07/12/2016

    Can't say enough good things about these folks! They got the air going in my '04 Jeep - there was a hose that needed replacing but was on back order so they got one fabricated locally - they stuck with it and made it happen. Wherever you are in town it's worth taking your car down to Stagecoach Road. Wayne will get it FIXED!

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    , 10/12/2016

    I love this shop. Bud, one of the mechanics, was very helpful. I will definitely be back.

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    , 02/10/2017

    Low price. Good service

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    , 06/28/2017

    Although the work needed was beyond what the facility could handle, the customer service was excellent and if needed, I would return for other repairs.

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    , 10/10/2017

    Very nice people.

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    , 12/13/2017

    Bud & Donna are 3rd generation auto professionals! They replaced an entire engine in our RAM 1500 truck and were SUPERB in their communications, updates, speed and reliability! We'd like to give them 10 stars! **********

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    , 02/28/2018

    Nice shop. Good people good work.

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    , 03/09/2018

    I have been taking all my cars to West End Garage for over 10 years. They will diagnose the trouble and call you with an estimate on the total cost of the repair before they do the work. That way you know what it will cost and not show up to pick up your car and get a big surprise. They use actual labor costs for the work and not charge you four hours for a one hour job. You will pay the actual cost of the parts with only maybe a slight markup. Receipts have a line by line listing of charges, so you aren't questioning "Hey, what's this charge?". An honest repair shop is hard to find, but West End Garage is that shop.

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    , 07/02/2018

    Good people to work for

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    , 08/05/2018

    I've had a good experience each time I've taken a vehicle here for service. I would definitely recommend them.

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    , 08/21/2018

    I had them do some suspension work and Driveline work on my vintage Corvette I was very happy with the service and the price.

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    , 04/01/2019

    West End Garage took care of my Jeep for me at a very reasonable price. The staff was knowledgeable and provided great customer service. I?ll recommend them to anyone needing auto work done and I will definitely use them in the future.

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    , 06/14/2019

    Great Service

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    , 06/22/2019

    im very happy with west end garage i took my 2007 mercury motega primere there and they really took care of me' if my car breaks down again ' ill go back to them. great work guys' great service from everyone there including the pricing'thankyou very much' sincerly; LEE COLE; from littlerock, arkansas;

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    , 12/11/2019

    The Best

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    , 12/24/2019

    If you need a mechanic and you are near West End garage is the place to go . Honest and efficient , I have used them off and on for years .

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    , 02/07/2020

    Traveling from Austin to Tennessee. Truck blew out a plug, threads and coil. Thank goodness for these guys! They got me up and running pronto. So grateful!

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    , 02/10/2020

    Great customer service ? Mark is the best

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    , 02/11/2020

    Great family business. Very professional and thorough as well as excellent customer service!

Little Rock
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    reviewiconEngine Maintenance, near Little Rock, Arkansas
    , 02/12/2020

    Bud & Donna are 3rd generation auto professionals! They replaced an entire engine in our RAM 1500 truck and were SUPERB in their communications, updates, speed and reliability! We'd like to give them 10 stars!

  • Fast Full Service
    reviewiconEngine Maintenance, near Little Rock, Arkansas
    , 08/13/2019

    I had them do some suspension work and Driveline work on my vintage Corvette I was very happy with the service and the price.

Little Rock
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    reviewicon4x4 Services, near Little Rock, Arkansas
    , 07/15/2019

    West End Garage took care of my Jeep for me at a very reasonable price. The staff was knowledgeable and provided great customer service. I'll recommend them to anyone needing auto work done and I will definitely use them in the future.

  • Local Mechanics
    reviewicon4x4 Services, near Little Rock, Arkansas
    , 04/19/2019

    Great family business. Very professional and thorough as well as excellent customer service!

  • Honest Mechanic
    reviewiconCar & Truck Care, near Little Rock, Arkansas
    , 11/15/2019

    If you need a mechanic and you are near West End garage is the place to go . Honest and efficient , I have used them off and on for years .

  • Honest Mechanic
    reviewiconCar & Truck Care, near Little Rock, Arkansas
    , 07/30/2020

    Friendly staff with lots of knowledge and experience

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