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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 Val & Mike's Beach Cities Auto Repair.



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 Val & Mike's Beach Cities Auto Repair.



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. Val & Mike's Beach Cities Auto Repair has the tools and expertise to have you safely back on the road in no time at all.



What People Say About Us


  • -Kevin Connolly

    These guys are the best... quick, efficient and fair! Just love their friendly and courteous professional attitude!


  • -Steve Whittington

    Simply the best trained auto specialists that can be trusted to provide the best service at the most reasonable prices. I drive up from another community to make sure my car is serviced at Val and Mike's Beach Cities Auto Repair.


  • -Robert "Bob" Lister

    Excellent service


  • -Arlene Saiz

    I have taken all 3 of my vehicles for repair, for the past 10 years. They have provided the best service for my jaguar. Helped try to drive down costs on my Cadillac transmission that gave out at 220K miles. Always a great turn around on the vehicle repairs. I have decided to start taking my vehicles to their shop even for oil changes. They have been great on keeping tabs on my vehicle health. Very friendly.


  • -Chrystal Lovell

    Trustworthy, time efficient, and all around top notch customer service.


  • -Ty Johnson

    Nice people that do excellent work.


  • -Huong Viet Pham

    Thank you! You're anazing.


  • -Andrew : A.J. Goldberg

    Great service from everyone!


  • -Randy Mason

    I was pleased with the service I received at V&M and would definitely use them in the future when I have various auto maintenance needs.


  • -Scott Kinney

    Excellent customer service! Stands behind their work.


  • -Jim Hitt

    Trustworthy team of professionals that not only serves my fleet of trucks but also my personal vehicles. They have never let me down over the 3 years I have been with them and this week was no exception catching future problems and making recommendations. Keeping my fleet running and me happy!!!


  • -Thomas Campbell

    We have used your services for over 25 years and have been completely satisfied.


  • -Debbie Johnson

    The team at Val and Mike's Auto is amazing! They worked very hard to figure out and fix what was wrong with my daughter's car. I really appreciate the care they took, to make sure that the car was safe for her, before sending it back. Everyone at Val and Mike's is friendly and really treats you like family.


  • -Kelly Bowles

    Mike & Val and Mike ~ staff thank you for being so kind and thoughtful. The impeccable service with my car and in the office is #1 in my book.


  • -Susan Or Lindsey Freeman

    Fast service at reasonable prices.


  • -Barbara Stewart

    You are more than wonderful !!! I have complete trust in your work & your recomendations.


  • -Karl Doty

    fast and good work.


  • -Barbara Stewart

    Employees are very friendly, knowledgable; make things as easy as they can. No complaints. Used them for several years.


  • -Chris Jones

    Friendly, thorough and price competitive. We will be coming back. Chris


  • -Peter Nielsen

    My uncle Marlin has been taking his vehicles here for a long time and I've started bringing them here now as well after relocating to southern California. I recommend it highly. They have worked with me and given us great service. Thanks guys for the help and service.


  • -Daniel Whittington

    They are friendly and quick. Mike even drove me home when I dropped the car off.


  • -Doug Burroughs

    Always great service at a reasonable price


  • -Mike Burley

    awesome.. fantastic crew. always feel their taking great care of me and my vehicle.


  • -Linda Zamalin-Davis

    I have been bringing my car here for about 20 years now. They are honest and timely. Some years back I took my car to a competitor for service but they want to charge me nearly $1000 dollars. I brought my car back to Mike and Val's where I only had to pay a bit under $300 for the same problem. I've never taken my car elsewhere. They also off 10% off your service if your a AAA member.


  • -Jean Nash

    Conveniently located, near my home, this auto shop provides the kind of courteous service you wish every business had. They answered every question about maintaining my older car (2006 Hyundai, 129,000 miles) without pushing me for more work. Also provides a ride home if needed, but walking is great exercise. Also gave me a discount!


  • -Cheryl Cole

    I am happy to drive 300 miles for you to service my car ;) Thank you!


  • -Bruce Carel

    It has been my pleasure to have known you guys and to have received auto services from you for more than 30 years! I have total trust and faith in you.


  • -Kelly Bowles

    I can't say enough how much I appreciate these people. They look out for their customers wanting the best. Thank you all. Kelly Bowles.


  • -Bob Abbott

    Always good work and hreat service


  • -Venette Hill

    Best mechanic in OC. Personal service by professionals. Jg


  • -Ellyce Rothrock

    Always super, super nice. Trustworthy. Excellent service. I highly recommend Val & Mike's!


  • -Robert "Bob" Lister

    Great service, no upselling here, have been a cust for over 10 years,


  • -Tim Bauer

    I have always enjoyed the reliability and up front communication. Their prices are fair and I would recommend them to anyone i know. Tim


  • -David P.

    Mike and Val run an excellent shop, starting with good communication and all the way through to great service. Reasonable prices and honest; no surprise they have been succeeding in this business well over 20 years.


  • -Marla S.

    Love Val & Mike's! They have been pampering me AND my car for the past two years. Friday I just dropped in and they were able to accommodate a new battery and oil change immediately! Bonus, if Mike's there, it's like going to the comedy club; can't beat that!


  • -Becky H.

    I have always been VERY HAPPY with the service I've received from Val & Mike. My family has been taking our vehicles to them for 15 years. I really, REALLY appreciate you BOTH. Thanks so much.


  • -UCC Distrubuting

    Same day service!!! Extremely friendly and I was completely surprised by how little it cost. Great mechanics that take pride in their work. Will be going back with any more car problems.


  • -Jim H.

    As Usual!!! The team at Val & Mike's service our company fleet and keep us on the road. I feel confident when I pick up a truck that there are no issues that will pop up down the road. So I shouldn't say as usual I should say " AS AMAZING!!!"


  • -Brian S.

    Been going here for years. Val and Mike are the best. Great service. Trustworthy and very fair.


  • -Shannon D.

    Very friendly and will work with you, within reason. Also very trustworthy. Said there are some things that should be done but understands that money is an issue and it could wait a little while before it HAS to be taken care of.


  • -Paul H.

    The most reputable automotive service I have ever dealt with. Hard to find these kind of repair shops that treat you well. I recommend them to everyone I know.


  • -Phillip D.

    I've been coming to Val and Mikes for over 10 years now and I greatly appreciate the service I get there. My buddy referred them to me and I always refer my friends and family to them.


  • -Barb S.

    I am always pleased. It took much longer than I had planed but I know you wanted to make sure you found the needed repair. If I didn't trust you, I might be mad. But, I wouldn't use anyone else!


  • -Susan W.

    Val & Mike's Auto Repair is exactly where my car and I belong!!! I am fairly new to Huntington Beach and have already been to 3 other auto repair companies who charged enormous amounts for poor, failing repairs. I will never go anywhere besides Val and Mike's again. They take excellent care of both cars and customers!!


  • -Pat J.

    I having been taking my cars there for years. They are honest, ethical, and I trust them to not take advantage of my knowing very little about cars. That was extremely important to me when I was a single woman, because some places will take advantage of you. Not Val and Mike's! They don't try to upsell you. I always feel like they will take great care of me and my car and that is priceless! Such nice people, too!


  • -Stu E.

    This was my second time having Val and Mike's Auto work on one of my cars and, like my first experience, everything was excellent! .. their price was very reasonable and their service fantastic! .. I highly recommend Val and Mike's to anyone who wants their vehicle serviced properly and at a fair and reasonable price.


  • -Alexandria B.

    If I could describe Val and Mike's Auto Repair in just one word I would choose FAMILY. I felt so very welcomed from the first 2 steps when I walked in to the final steps when I left. I felt reassured and was told exactly what they were going to do to my car and they told me if they needed to do any additional work that they would call me immediately before making any adjustments. Very sweet people! I definitely recommend them! Thanks guys! :)


  • -Hank M.

    Excellent service. This is my first time using Val and Mike's and I was extremely pleased. Mike B took care of me and I was very pleased with his communication. My service was completed faster than promised and for a little less than the original estimate. I was happy with my car was freshly washed when I picked it up.


  • -Nick C.

    Great customer service, honest, friendly! Definitely would refer any of my friends!


  • -Terri G.

    Folks come from hours away for Mike's quality and trusted service... I totally recommend them, 100%!


  • -Emily B.

    I love getting my car serviced at Mike's! I always bring my laptop and turn their waiting room into a makeshift office using their free WiFi. They take such great care of my car, and timely too!


  • -Julie H.

    I have known Mike and Val for many years. They are very caring and friendly people. While running their business...they are professional, thorough, and most importantly, honest! They know what they are doing! Without a doubt, I give them five stars.


  • -Ty J.

    Val and Mike are some great people! They do a great job and I love their work!


  • -Carol Y.

    I can trust Val and Mike with my older model Toyota as they diagnose the mechanical problems and repair it to my complete satisfaction. As a Senior citizen, I am not often treated with respect but the staff at Beach Cities Auto Repair always does. Thank you for your perfect service and caring concern.

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