Best Auto Repair, Green Valley

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  • 250 W Calle De Las Tiendas
    Green Valley, AZ 85614

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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE BLOG

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  • Mon 7:30AM - 5:30PM
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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 Hickey 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 Hickey 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. Hickey 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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    Always have a great experience! Can always get an appointment. Very flexible. They always call with any issues and a cost estimate before completing work. Highly recommend

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    Always excellent service and repairs over many years. From just an oil change to removing an engine and doing extensive repair work. Friendly, helpful, and very trustworthy. I will go to no other place for car work.

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    This is a business that understands what customer service is all about. They have taken care of two vehicles for me over the years, one of them particularly older. Any issue that occurred they took care of it with honest estimates and fair pricing followed by exceptional work. From the office staff to the mechanics Hickey Automotive continually delivers quality work and if a question comes up, they willing discuss it with honesty and transparency. The Hickey family know what they're doing.

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    My family and I have been using Hickey Automotive for years now and with our experiences, we are more than satisfied with their excellent customer service and repair work. Everything from oil/filter changes to major engine/vehicle repair (yes, on both domestic and foreign cars), they do it all! With speedy service and honest mechanics, we'll be going there for a long time!

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    Ron at Hickey's Automotive is a great person and wonderful to work with on any issue. I took our 2006 Toyota Sequoia to Hickey's to check out a miss that was happening off and on. They test drove it and checked everything at no charge. I came back today (a week later) and he met me in the parking lot, knew my name and was ready to discuss getting the spark plugs replaced. Ron offered a great price. He is ready and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done well and in a very timely manner. Being a veteran and new to the Green Valley community, customer service is very important. Hickey's has excellent customer service and will go the extra mile to provide service and excellent prices.

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    Great service, Tom did a fantastic job getting my car back up and running and Ronnie was very friendly and upbeat. A+ service

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    Always great service and my car runs great. Good place !

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    Hickey Automotive is our first choice to work on our vehicles. Customer Service is Fantastic! Repairs are well explained and done conscientiously. They are focused on thoroughly checking and servicing your vehicle and providing a "heads up" to future needs and maintenance schedules. Their customer waiting area is well stocked with beverages and snacks. Very welcoming for customers. We Highly Recommend!!!

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    Absolutely the best shop in the Green Valley area! Careful, Quality Service, in a timely manner!

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    A friend recommended here when I was visiting Green Valley AZ. They determined the issue, called and discussed, and did the best job for a really reasonable charge. They also always do a full vehicle check with every service to alert you of any other maintenance needs. Both times I had my car serviced I was completely satisfied with the work and drove off with confidence as I frequently travel long distances. Thanks, Ron, Joy and all the crew!

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