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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 Superior Auto Care.



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 Superior Auto Care.



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. Superior Auto Care has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



What People Say About Us


  • -Tom Heelan

    In September 2019 I moved to Fort Myers from Nebraska and within a month I had an engine light on, and my “D” for drive light started flashing on my 2009 Honda CRV. I was wary of taking it to a dealer and found Superior Auto Care with honest reviews online. I made an appointment for October 26th and had the pleasure of meeting Miguel Gonzalez, the owner, who assured me the car was safe to drive, then cleared two of the three codes related to the diagnosis of the vehicle. Mr. Gonzalez reported that I needed a 2nd clutch transmission pressure valve replaced. Mr. Gonzalez and his wonderful staff installed this part on my next day off and added quarts of transmission fluid to the car ensuring the cars longevity I am sure. I have an appointment on the 23rd for new spark plugs as the car has 122000 miles on it. While I was in the office, I witnessed Miguel loan a customer his personal truck, this customers service would take some time and Miguel did not want his customer to be inconvenienced. Another customer came in to offer to pay for hoses that Miguel had ordered for the customer’s car. The hoses were the right order, yet Miguel felt that they were not of a suitable quality to install on a customer’s car; Miguel declined to take this customer’s money and said “inferior parts are sometimes the cost of doing business, I won’t pass this cost on to you”. Miguel and his staff did a professional, cost efficient, accurate repair on my car. He was kind and ethical with other customers in my presence. I am grateful that whatever the future brings I know exactly whom to trust my car to going forward. People like Miguel Gonzalez, and his professional staff, offer me the opportunity to write praise that is no more than truth, thank you all I appreciate you. If you, gentle reader, would like to contact me I am Tom Heelan at heelan.tom@gmail.com


  • -ANGEL G

    Friendly staff and great prices. I would not trust my vehicle with anyone else in SW Florida. They do a great job!


  • -Bob Slominski

    Great place, quality service and does it right been there many times


  • -greg uczciwego

    They know how to fix, Didn't pay too much.


  • -Suzi Simone

    Great place. Rebuilt engine on car.


  • -Joanna L

    Friendly, knowledgeable staff, quick service, reasonable prices, honest, dependable owner who treats women with respect and dignity. I highly recommend this place.


  • -Mike Malinosky

    Had service done 3 times on my lincoln MKZ. @ least 30/ 50 percent less then the retailers/ dealers. Much appreciated. Great work for less. Will be back.


  • -DJ Krakowska

    As a woman who knows not much about cars, I am always apprehensive about going to a repair shop, until my friend recommended me Brian's Complete Automotive repair shop. I was immediately satisfied with the quote I was given. I was able to get my car in the same day as the initial phone call and was returned by end of day. Not only was the repair fixed properly it was done in a friendly and timing matter. Thank you so much for renewing my faith in mechanics! Love this place! What a painless experience! Thanks guys! Yes, I would gladly recommend this business to a family and friends. Donna K.


  • -Christopher Carlson

    This is to inform anyone thinking of choosing this shop for your auto repair needs to LOOK NOWHERE ELSE!!! This is hands down the best option as far as quality of service and value for your hard earned dollars. Derek is professional, practical, to the point and the service he and his expert mechanic offer is second to none. I was informed of the needed repairs step by step and they never took it upon themselves to do more than origanlly discussed without first consulting me. This was very refreshing as I'm sure you all know the old " we quoted you 500.00 but now it's 1500.00 if you want your car back"...sorry:/ Not at Brians Complete Automotive. Seriously, no matter what your vehicles needs are take it to Derek and rest assured you are in the best hands. Thanks for everything!


  • -N Monique

    I looked everywhere for an honest mechanic with affordable prices and he was recommended to me by my friends. I was very happy with the service he did on my Volvo convertible and my moms Toyota. He was quick too and since I work not too far he drove me to work and when the car was ready he picked me up. 5 star service for sure! :)


  • -Michele McDaniel

    Top rate service


  • -Richard Ross

    I have a 2006 Ford Explorer with a 4.0L SOHC engine. The engine developed a problem common with this engine at 150,000 miles where the timing chain guides became worn and made a lot of noise. The engine was not burning oil and I just wanted the guides and chains replaced. I searched for a year (not driving my car) for a mechanic that was experienced in performing this repair. Some mechanics I went to would not perform the repair and instead wanted to replace the engine. Other's quoted a price that was equal to installing a new engine. After speaking with Albert at this shop, I was confident that they could do the job and the did the quality work for half the price of others. I could not be happier with the result of the repair and the service I was given.


  • -Alvin Taveras, PA

    Miguel is absolutely incredible. I brought the car unannounced on Saturday and he happy began to inspect the car. He took the time to fully explain what was wrong with the car and offered same day work. I will be going to them for all repairs. Strongly recommend!!


  • -James Onthank

    After asking around for the best, most reliable place, I was so happy that I chose Brian's Complete Automotive. They work on ANY type of vehicle, were less expensive than other shops and were very speedy in getting my SUV back to me. Honest, trustworthy mechanics are hard to come by these days. Highly recommended.


  • -W. Earl Sparrow Jr.

    Awesome guys that go the extra mile to take care of their customers! Dealerships will take advantage of you but these guys won't. I highly recommend them. There's no other place I take my vehicles in Lee County.


  • -Sandy Velez

    Honest reliable


  • -Robert Zimmerman

    This type of shop is hard to find. Their honest and worked after hours to make sure my work truck was up and running correctly. Quality work is important to me. Thank you


  • -Donna Shoap

    Brains automotive did a great job at fair price repairing my vw 2012 Tiguan in a timely manner. Thank you so happy to have found you. You helped to make our Christmas Happy Dan & Donna


  • -Tyana Kershaw

    BEST And ONLY PLACE TO TAKE YOUR VEHICLE!!! Trustworthy and thourough mechanics! Honest and Reliable!!! Trust me, You WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!! Miguel's The Best!


  • -Jason LeMaster

    Worked with Albert, was an awesome experience. They really take care of their customers!!! Was able to drop my car off and get it back next day!! I will be taking my car here for all repairs from now on.


  • -linnie garland

    Great mechanics


  • -Steve Schlosser

    Called Miguel on a rear brake issue on my 2015 Ford Edge. Expecting I would have to make a appointment, he said to bring it over and he'd take a look at it. Long story short within 3 hrs I had new rear brakes and rotors and back on the road. Without a doubt, the best service at reasonable prices. I highly recommend this shop. Thanks again Miguel for your help.


  • -tellis6645

    Miguel is amazing and one of the best mechanics we have ever worked with. He kept us updated throughout the process with texts and pictures. He finished the work very quickly. He went above and beyond to fix things like brake lights and window issues without charge. He was pleasant and easy to work with. We have a long history of used cars/mechanics and Superior exceeded expectations. Thanks Miguel, the world needs more mechanics like you.


  • -Samuel Popejoy

    It pains me to remove a star. These guys are incredible. Miguel was so attentive; he gave me his personal number, and kept in touch with me throughout the process. Keep in mind that he works about 130 hours per week during season as you continue reading my review. I brought my truck in about 4 weeks ago. I told Albert, the shop manager, that I had about two weeks to get it done, so no rush. I became slightly concerned, however, when they hadn?t done anything with the truck after a full seven days. After about two weeks, they finally got started. However, I had to cancel RV park reservations and stay in a place that we didn?t want to be for longer than we intended. I dealt with a lot of stress arranging a backup car for the extended repair period. In the end, Miguel delivered the goods, and he threw in some parts and labor for free to compensate for the time I had to wait. I highly recommend the dedication and customer service of this shop, but if you need repairs done quickly during season, you might have to settle for a shop that?s less deservingly popular than Superior Auto Care.


  • -Nhi Nguyen

    Miguel was very friendly, extremely helpful with all my questions and honest with their service!!!


  • -Jordan Mahan

    Unmatched customer service, timelineness, pricing, quality of repair, and honesty. Miguel and his staff work around the clock to diagnose and repair their customers cars. I?ve trusted Miguel with everything from a new transmission to tires to oil changes; you name it, they do it. He?s even worked in my out of town sisters vehicle on the weekend short notice. 100% trustworthy and not a pushy salesman mechanic. I won?t take my vehicles to anyone else.


  • -Kiana Zavala

    Support your local businesses! Albert and his team were very efficient and provided excellent service to my Honda. Can?t beat their prices! Couldn?t have asked for a more pleasant experience.


  • -N. M.

    I looked everywhere for an honest mechanic with affordable prices and he was recommended to me by my friends. I was very happy with the service he did on my Volvo convertible and my moms Toyota. He was quick too and since I work not too far he drove me to work and when the car was ready he picked me up. 5 star service for sure! :)


  • -Donna S.

    Brains automotive did a great job at fair price repairing my vw 2012 Tiguan in a timely manner. Thank you so happy to have found you. You helped to make our Christmas Happy


  • -Tyana K.

    BEST And ONLY PLACE TO TAKE YOUR VEHICLE!!! Trustworthy and thourough mechanics! Honest and Reliable!!! Trust me, You WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!! Miguel's The Best!


  • -Alvin T.

    Miguel is absolutely incredible. I brought the car unannounced on Saturday and he happy began to inspect the car. He took the time to fully explain what was wrong with the car and offered same day work. I will be going to them for all repairs. Strongly recommend!!


  • -Robert Z.

    This type of shop is hard to find. Their honest and worked after hours to make sure my work truck was up and running correctly. Quality work is important to me. Thank you


  • -W. Earl

    Awesome guys that go the extra mile to take care of their customers! Dealerships will take advantage of you but these guys won't. I highly recommend them. There's no other place I take my vehicles in Lee County.


  • -James O.

    After asking around for the best, most reliable place, I was so happy that I chose Brian's Complete Automotive. They work on ANY type of vehicle, were less expensive than other shops and were very speedy in getting my SUV back to me. Honest, trustworthy mechanics are hard to come by these days. Highly recommended.


  • -Jason L.

    Worked with Albert, was an awesome experience. They really take care of their customers!!! Was able to drop my car off and get it back next day!! I will be taking my car here for all repairs from now on.


  • -Steve S.

    Called Miguel on a rear brake issue on my 2015 Ford Edge. Expecting I would have to make a appointment, he said to bring it over and he'd take a look at it. Long story short within 3 hrs I had new rear brakes and rotors and back on the road. Without a doubt, the best service at reasonable prices. I highly recommend this shop. Thanks again Miguel for your help.


  • -T L.

    Miguel is amazing and one of the best mechanics we have ever worked with. He kept us updated throughout the process with texts and pictures. He finished the work very quickly. He went above and beyond to fix things like brake lights and window issues without charge. He was pleasant and easy to work with. We have a long history of used cars/mechanics and Superior exceeded expectations. Thanks Miguel, the world needs more mechanics like you.


  • -Tom Heelan

    In September 2019 I moved to Fort Myers from Nebraska and within a month I had an engine light on, and my “D” for drive light started flashing on my 2009 Honda CRV. I was wary of taking it to a dealer and found Superior Auto Care with honest reviews online. I made an appointment for October 26th and had the pleasure of meeting Miguel Gonzalez, the owner, who assured me the car was safe to drive, then cleared two of the three codes related to the diagnosis of the vehicle. Mr. Gonzalez reported that I needed a 2nd clutch transmission pressure valve replaced. Mr. Gonzalez and his wonderful staff installed this part on my next day off and added quarts of transmission fluid to the car ensuring the cars longevity I am sure. I have an appointment on the 23rd for new spark plugs as the car has 122000 miles on it. While I was in the office, I witnessed Miguel loan a customer his personal truck, this customers service would take some time and Miguel did not want his customer to be inconvenienced. Another customer came in to offer to pay for hoses that Miguel had ordered for the customer’s car. The hoses were the right order, yet Miguel felt that they were not of a suitable quality to install on a customer’s car; Miguel declined to take this customer’s money and said “inferior parts are sometimes the cost of doing business, I won’t pass this cost on to you”. Miguel and his staff did a professional, cost efficient, accurate repair on my car. He was kind and ethical with other customers in my presence. I am grateful that whatever the future brings I know exactly whom to trust my car to going forward. People like Miguel Gonzalez, and his professional staff, offer me the opportunity to write praise that is no more than truth, thank you all I appreciate you. If you, gentle reader, would like to contact me I am Tom Heelan at heelan.tom@gmail.com

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