• Hi-Tech Automotive-WPG
    1-1761 Pembina Hwy
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2G6
    204-261-9591

  • Hi-Tech Automotive-THOMPSON
    36 Nelson Rd
    Thompson, Manitoba R8N 0B4
    204-677-5936

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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

Working Hours
  • Mon 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Tue 7:30AM - 5:30PM
  • Wed 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Thu 7:30AM - 5:30PM
  • Fri 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed
    8AM-5PM M-F at Thompson

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 Hi-Tech Automotive.



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 Hi-Tech Automotive.



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. Hi-Tech Automotive 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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    Great customer service with lots of update and keeping you informed. very fair pricing. It's nice to feel valued as well as the technicians are also speedy and cordial. Thanks again.

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    Very professionally operated facility. The pride that they take in their work and their shop definitely shows!

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    A very good place to take your car! The mechanics are very professional and know their stuff. One of them even brought me to the back to show me exactly what was wrong with my SUV. Seeing is believing! The prices are fair and the quality of work is excellent.

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    Prompt and accurate service, watching out for my safety and pocket book by recommending services needed to insure I get to where I am getting and eliminating early wear and tear.

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    Very knowledgeable. Great at communicating what the problem was with my vehicle.

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    I find the service at Hi-Tech to be extremely good. In fact the day after I had work done on my car I sent a friend over with his vehicle to get work done. He really likes Hi-Tech Auto as well. I also recommended Hi-Tech to a third customer you currently have for his vehicle. Keep up the great work! I'll be coming back for more work soon.

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    VERY IMPRESSED with my first experience at Hi Tech! They were able to DIAGNOSE AND REPAIR the problem with my SUV that my dealership could not. They provided me with an explanation of the problem as well as a very detailed estimate. I was even able to talk to my mechanic one on one. My repair was swift and I was back on the road in no time. The staff was very knowledgeable. I will definitely be returning for all my maintenance work and future repairs.

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    These guys are great! I've been to quite a few other shops in Winnipeg, but this was by far my best experience. The drop off was simple and they asked me the questions needed to target my issue and not waste any time. They called me quickly with an estimate of what I needed and had me back on the road the same day! Prices were reasonable and the repair was explained clearly in a way I understood. They kept me informed and that made me very happy! I would highly recommend this shop to anyone!!!

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    Needed a muffler repair, got in immediately and it was repaired promptly. Total cost was lower then the estimate, as they were so quick. The issues were explained very clearly and thoroughly, and all options of repair were made available. Very efficient, honest and friendly, 10/10 would recommend! I'll definitely be returning for future car needs!

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    I had an amazing experience at Hi-Tech thanks to the incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff. They took extra time to explain my car issues in layman's terms so that I could make an informed decision about my car repairs which I greatly appreciated. I felt no pressure at all to do the repairs they recommended. I felt they genuinely wanted what was best for me and my car. Fair pricing and you get what you pay for here. Highly recommend.

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