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805-497-2818 | 901 East Thousand Oaks Blvd

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG, Thousand Oaks, CA

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 Shelley's Precision Auto Center.



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 Shelley's Precision Auto Center.



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. Shelley's Precision Auto Center has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.




What Our Customers Are Saying

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Absolutely love Shelley's and I am a repeat and ongoing customer! I'm always looking for a place that I feel comfortable going to on my own without my fiance as I'm not mechanically savvy and this is it! Christy, who is at the front desk and keeps this place running is so warm and welcoming. She does her job well and is always moving whether it is answering phone calls or managing all the different keys and customers. She remembered me after my first visit! The mechanics here are trustworthy and do their job well. I've gotten two reasonably priced oil changes and also brought my car in for a tire repair and I'm very happy with all my interactions at Shelley's. I would suggest making an appointment or dropping off your car because this place IS BUSY. If you are doing a walk in expect to wait a couple of hours, but otherwise I will definitely be back for all my car related concerns!

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Christy, who runs the front of the shop, is the best. I needed to get my car smog checked. The problem was I had a check engine light. Shelley's did a diagnosis and was able to clear the check engine, but the codes would still not pass. We were able to assess the problem that could have been $$$ in parts and labor for a catalytic converter, but there was an alternative to flush out the codes for an indefinite amount of miles. I checked once a week before work at Shelley's to see if it my car cleared. Every time, denied. Then my check engine light went on again! Hope was lost. I gave up going to Shelley's for months. Until today. When I got in my car and was heading to work the check engine light was off. I immediately went to Shelley's. The codes were clean! We ran the smog and passed. I am legit on the road again. Thanks for your persistence with me Shelley's! I'll be a lifetime customer.

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Again and again, the people at Shelley's rock it! Had to get a car ready for a big 2500 mile trip to NC. Needed brakes, rotors, AC and general repairs. Is was a lot to do with the time constraints. But as always, the team pulled it off. We could never be more greatful and HIGHLY, and we mean HIGHLY recommend them. Their customer service is outstanding. Now if they could only get rid of those trees on TO Blvd. Can't tell you how many times we've blown by the driveway. But it's worth the u-turn for the best service in Thousand Oaks!

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Fantastic shop. Fair prices, friendly staff, fast and efficient service.

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First of all, Christy is so sweet and gives that added touch to service. We have been going to Shelley's for a long time. They are very honest, reliable and cost efficient. I will never go any other place and will continue to refer my friends. Great job to all the employees at Shelley's!

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By far the best automotive service we've experienced here in the Conejo Valley. From the minute we walk in the door and are greeted by Christy to the time we leave, the customer service, communication, and work done on our vehicles has been exceptional all the way. Paul and Jerry are always willing to talk if you have questions, they are honest in their recommendations and never pushy, their work is high quality, and we've always been able to get in for service in a timely manner. We've been using Shelley's for years now and highly recommend them.

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Always the BEST service at Shelley's! I recommend them to all friends and family. Fair, reasonable and just great people.

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Friendly, fast, and honest service. Quick smog check.

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Excellent experience, as always! Thanks for taking care of my vehicles and dealing with me in such an honest and thorough manner. Christy, Paul, and Jerry, you are the real deal!

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The price and customer service is amazing. Christy and Paul are awesome and I feel like I got a great price. Definitely coming back.

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They are the best. From front office to the owners m, everyone is good at what they do

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Paul is a kind and honest guy! My car broke down 1,400 miles from home. The Ford dealer in Thousand Oaks quoted $1,100 for the repair. Paul charged me $130 for the work. You can take your car there confident that you will be treated well.

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If you want a highly skilled, honest mechanic, it doesn't get better than this. This shop has been around for 30 years and is now run by Paul and Jerry Payton. They will treat your vehicle as if it was their own. They are fast, precise and prices are reasonable. You can trust them! I have gone to them for years and they are consistently The BEST. Christie in the front office is super nice too!

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