Auto Repair in Plainfield
When you bring your car in for repairs, you are not only putting the wellbeing of the car in the mechanic’s hands but you are also trusting them with your safety when you are on the roads. But the question you are probably asking yourself right now is “how do I find an auto repair technician in Plainfield that I can trust?”
Auto repairs and vehicle maintenance aren’t just for your benefit, they’re for the benefit of everyone on the road. If your long-neglected brakes fail you while you’re driving, everyone is at risk. Not just you.
Performance Auto Center has worked hard to earn the reliable and trustworthy reputation we’ve gained over the years. When it comes to Plainfield auto repairs, there isn’t another team as dedicated as us and we have the track record to prove it! Our clients are always treated with respect and our technicians are friendly, informative and transparent in every way. Are you interested in learning a bit more about our company? We’ve compiled an in-depth list of our services below!
- We are ASE certified master mechanics and technicians.
- We work on all domestic and foreign cars and trucks
- We are experts with both cars and trucks. More than 25 certifications on advanced truck repair specialties
- We keep a large variety of car parts in stock and have new parts delivered by our distributor roughly every 30 minutes
- After an initial inspection, our certified technicians will be able to give you an accurate cost estimate
- We offer same day service on the majority of work we perform
- If we say we can fix something but for some reason cannot then there is absolutely no charge
- We use only quality certified parts
Auto Repair Services
Performance Auto Center offers a full range of services from both our Plainfield and Elk Grove Village locations.
Here is a list of some of our more popular services along with the telltale signs that you should see a professional auto technician. For a full list of the services we offer the motorists of Plainfield, please click on the services tab above.
Brake repairs and replacement: If you are hear a squealing or grinding sound when you hit the brakes, then it might be time to have them checked! Our brake services include front and rear brake pad inspections, rotor resurfacing, emergency brake repair, brake fluid tests, and more. You should always strive for the best when it comes to your brakes. There is simply too much at stake!
Engine repair: Sure, the check engine light is there for a reason, but it is also a good idea to pay attention to any foul smells or odd noises. Also be sure to check the exhaust, if the smoke is blue or white, then there is a problem.
Alternator repair: one of the main things to check is dim lighting. If your headlights or interior lights aren’t as powerful as they used to be then you need to have the alternator checked.
Transmission repair: Does your car stall a little before moving forward? When you speed up do you hear or feel a clunk or a thud as the vehicle shifts gears? If so, you’re in need of a transmission tune-up. Your vehicle’s transmission is what manually shifts gears so you don’t have to. Should your automatic transmission fail you, you might be in for a whole lot of trouble. Don’t wait to find out the hard way. We believe in going with your gut when it comes to vehicle repairs. Even if you only have the slightest hunch that something might be wrong, give us a call.
Radiator Repair Services in Plainfield
Any kind of car problems can be a real pain in the backside. Not only do they put your vehicle and yourself at risk, they also put everyone else on the road in harm’s way too. This is why Performance Auto Center is such a huge advocate for proactive car care. What is proactive car care? Regular maintenance, check-ups, tune-ups, and regular oil changes. Being diligent with your automotive maintenance will ensure that your vehicle never unexpectedly fails you or falls apart.
A well-working cooling system is of the utmost importance for a vehicle. If your car’s radiator is not working properly, you might experience a breakdown on the road. And breakdowns are always costly.
What leads to these breakdowns? Let’s look at just how important your car’s radiator is.
Your vehicle’s engine runs at extremely high temperatures. The radiator pumps coolant through the engine in order for it not to overheat. The coolant also keeps seals and gaskets from breaking, too. If those seals break there could be major oil leaks. Without a working radiator, some of the engine’s components could even melt!
Want to avoid those time-consuming and frustrating breakdowns? Keep an eye out for a few of these warning signs:
- Smoking Engine: Is smoke coming out from under the hood? Where there’s smoke, there are major radiator problems! Don’t let your vehicle overheat.
- Coolant Leak: Check under your vehicle. Do you see any leaks? You’ll be able to determine whether the fluid is coolant by the viscous texture of the fluid and the color (pink, orange, or green). The “low coolant” light might be flashing on your vehicle, too.
- Rust: Take a look at the radiator and the engine. Do you notice any discoloration or rusting? Rust is usually an indicator that there is leakage.
- Coolant Discoloration: Coolant, like we said, is usually green, pink, or orange. If your radiator is in need of repairs, however, the fluid might be loaded with many dark contaminants. These contaminants might make the coolant look black or brown. How’s your coolant looking these days?
Your vehicle’s radiator is important, just like every other part of your vehicle. It can be hard to check up on these 100+ components yourself. That’s why we recommend you schedule regular maintenance and check-ups with Performance Auto Center. We’ll do all the worrying so you don’t have to!
Signs You Might Need to Head to the Auto Repair Shop
If you’re like most people living in Plainfield, you probably love your car and use it almost daily. I still remember the feeling of freedom I had after I first got my learner’s permit. My love for cars has never faded. There’s just something liberating about the knowledge you could pick up and go anywhere. I bet most of you would say the same.
But our cars, like us, age over time. They don’t stay young and beautiful forever. But most of us don’t want to accept that fact and keep on driving them long after their best miles are over.
Humans don’t like change. It’s a simple fact. But eventually, time comes for all of us. Especially that silver ’97 Mazda you refuse to take into the shop. But if your trusty vehicle shows any of the following signs, it’s time you brought it in for an inspection.
Your Check Engine Light is Flashing
The average car engine has over 200 components, and each has a sensor that will trigger this light. But only the major systems of your car’s engine will trigger the flashing check engine light, which signals immediate danger.
Failure to heed this warning can result in hundreds to thousands of dollars in damage or worse—accident and injury. While it’s fine to take your time when the light is illuminated, don’t mess around if it’s flashing.
Smoke Pours Out Your Hood
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that this is bad news. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, as the saying goes, and the only place where there should be a fire in your vehicle is in the ignition system.
This cannot be overlooked. If you experience smoke coming from the hood—even just a tiny bit of it—do not pass go, do not collect $200, but immediately drive to see an auto repair mechanic at Performance Auto Center.
Banging or Screeching Noises While Driving
Once in a while, your car might ‘shudder’ and make a strange noise while you pound on the accelerator or stomp on the brakes. It’s not a big deal if it happens once every couple years. But if it happens consistently? Something is very wrong with your car’s mechanics, and it’s essential you take it into the repair shop as soon as you can.
Some noises can signal major problems. Grinding while braking almost always indicates imminent brake failure. That will almost guarantee you’re in a traffic accident. Why not avoid that possibility and bring it into a local Plainfield auto repair garage instead?Problem Not on This List?
If you’ve been experiencing issues with your car or truck when you’re driving around Plainfield but your issue doesn’t appear on this list, that doesn’t mean you can be cavalier about your car. Bring it in for an assessment. And keep this page bookmarked!
We’ll be regularly updating it with everything the average vehicle owner needs to know.
Mechanic Close to Me?
If you live in or around Plainfield, or regularly drive through the area and need a mechanic, stop by!
Find us at 25449 W Ruff St. in Plainfield, 5 minutes south of the Fox Valley Mall.
Make sure to check out our coupon page for special offers on our auto repair services!