How to Prevent a Few Common Auto Repairs

Let’s face it, you would much rather spend your hard-earned money on things more exciting than auto repair. At Performance Truck & Automotive Repair, we know how frustrating it is when your car needs to be fixed. We love repairing cars, but we love happy customers even more. So, in the spirit of our mission, we’ve created a list of ways you can prevent a few of the most common auto repairs.

Brake Pad Replacement

Brakes are an extremely important safety component of every car. Monitoring your brake pads is an easy way to avoid having to replace your car’s brake rotors, which can be a more expensive fix. Lucky for you, there are a couple of easy ways to tell if your brake pads need to be replaced.

As you come to a stop, many brake pads make a screeching or grinding sound when they need to be serviced. “But noise alone isn’t always the best indicator, so it’s best to anticipate when this will happen by periodically inspecting the thickness of the brake pads,” reported Edmunds. If your brake pads appear to be thin, it’s best to replace them as soon as possible, as to avoid unwanted damage to the brake rotors.  The good news is that even if you have a limited skill set, most brake pads can be conveniently  replaced at home.

Engine Misfire

A healthy engine is a beautiful thing, but an engine in need of repair can be a nightmare. Sadly, if you don’t keep up on your engine maintenance, a number of things can go awry in this complex piece of machinery. A common but preventable issue is engine misfire. Vacuum leaks, damaged spark plugs, and poor fuel delivery are just a few things that can create engine misfire issues. Engine repairs can cost you a pretty penny, ranging anywhere from 100 to 10,000 dollars.

Typically, these problems can be prevented by sticking to your car’s engine maintenance schedule. Regular engine checkups are also important, because they allow professionals to foresee potential issues and identify any small repairs that need to be made. We also suggest you have an annual trouble-code scan done, because it can help recognize future engine problems.

Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) System Breakdown

Codes for EVAP leaks often appear when there is a leak or another issue within the system. Finding the leak or defective part and fixing it can be costly — ranging between 100 to 700 dollars.

Want to save money? There are a few easy ways you can prevent this issue. If you always look into a check engine light and make a habit of securely fastening the gas cap each time you fill your tank, your engine will be better protected. “In addition, a good rust protection application helps to keep system line corrosion to a minimum,” said an AOL article.

It’s summertime, and we don’t want you dipping into your vacation funds to make auto repairs that are usually preventable. We’re industry experts, so take our advice and keep up on your car maintenance. And in the event that your car does need a repair, remember that Performance Truck & Automotive Repair is just the place for the job!



  1. Always a good idea to keep up to date with a car because man they can be costly to fix when issues come up

  2. Simple check list to avoid car repairs:
    Check your fluid levels and fill as needed
    Check your tire pressure and adjust as needed
    Change your oil as recommended in your car’s owners manual
    Have a professional safety inspection at least every other oil change
    Have your transmission serviced as recommended in your car’s owners manual

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