FAQs

How Long Do Batteries, Charging & Starting Systems Last?

How long your vehicle’s battery will last will vary on many different factors. For instance, the heat and the humidity of the atmosphere can sap life from an otherwise healthy battery and cause it to die much sooner than it otherwise might have. In general, experts recommend that you change your battery about once every 4 years; however, just because you change your battery every 4 years doesn’t mean you shouldn’t test it periodically. Despite their appearance, car batteries and a vehicle’s charging & starting systems are pretty complex. In fact, if it weren’t for the vehicle’s charging and starting systems, your battery wouldn’t last even close to 4 years. When the vehicle is in motion and the engine is putting out power, that power is also diverted to something known as an alternator. That alternator is what takes the power and allows your vehicle to continuously supply power to the battery unit. The battery is designed to take and hold that charge so that it can release electricity to your car when you need to start it up or use things like your radio and electronic car chargers. If you’ve ever left your car on overnight and it wouldn’t turn on in the morning, that’s because the battery was using up all its stored power, and since the engine wasn’t running that power was never refilled. It’s important to remember that the 4-year estimate is just that, an estimate. As a battery begins to age it loses its ability to hold a charge more and more, eventually becoming unusable. The worst thing to happen is to be stuck in some parking lot unable to get home because your battery died when you weren’t expecting it. We can test your battery to make sure that they are in optimal condition, as well as well as inspect the charging and starting system. If your battery requires replacement or your car is in need of repair, we can perform those services on site at an affordable rate....

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Is Local Roadside Assistance Worth The Cost?

Many car owners turn down local roadside assistance thinking that an emergency won’t ever happen to them. For those that do find themselves broken down on the side of the road due to a dead battery or a flat tire, the cost of a tow truck to get their vehicle back to a repair shop can be enormous. Less than reputable tow companies can be notorious price gougers because, well, they can. When you’re in an emergency or stuck without any means of transportation, you’re often left with no other choice but to pay some company to get your vehicle where it needs to go. The inconvenience of paying someone to tow your car can frustrating if you are stuck in the situation because of something that could have easily been avoided. The prices set by tow companies are generally based upon a flat mileage fee up until a certain mileage point. After that point, the companies will usually then charge few dollars per mile until you reach your destination; however, these prices can be very different depending on what company you choose to hire. Prices are also set to fluctuate based upon demand and if it’s during times like heavy traffic or holidays. There have been horror stories told of people paying upwards of $800-$1,000 in cities like Seattle for a towing service. Local roadside assistance can end up saving you a lot of money in unexpected costs. If you ever do run into vehicle troubles on the side of the road, our local road assistance program will drive out to you so that we can help jumpstart your battery or change your tire. The service that you experience from a local road assistance program is sure to be faster and cheaper than what might be your tow truck...

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What Are Axles, Bearings, and Hubs?

The axles, bearings, and hubs play a big role in the operation of your vehicle, but aren’t something you’d really think about until something starts to go wrong. The most common symptoms of a car experiencing problems in either three of these essential components are harsh squeaking when going around corners or rumbling noises when you drive. But just how important are these three components and what exactly do they do? Axles An axle is something transfers powers back and forth between two components different components. For instance, your transmission is connected via an axle to the driveshaft so that it can control the gears and make your wheels spin. Bearings Bearings are located inside the wheel and look like small metal balls or rollers. The concept of a bearing is to reduce the friction between two surfaces by permitting it roll; the less friction there is the better gas mileage you’ll be able to achieve. Hubs The hubs are what house all the bearings from your vehicle. The hubs on each tire that are composed of bearings are attached to an axle. Repairing Common Problems These three components work together to make it so that your vehicle can transfer the power and torque from the engine and transmission and make your vehicle run smoothly. When any one of these parts is defective or requires repair, you will start to hear things like harsh screeching noises or rumblings as you drive. These components might not cause you significant problems at first, but you will start to see a dramatic decrease in your gas mileage and maneuverability as time goes on. As the problem gets worse, so will the cost to repair or replace these parts. Bring in your car today so that we can listen to the sound, evaluate the problem, and fix...

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What Are The Factory Scheduled, 30, 60, 90K Services?

When a vehicle manufacturer produces a new make or model, that vehicle comes with a set of factory schedule recommendations. These recommendations are put in place to ensure that you are getting the most out of your car and taking the necessary steps to ensure that your vehicle continues running into the high mileage range; however, they are also oftentimes requirements to keep your vehicle’s warranty valid. The maintenance recommendations vary from vehicle to vehicle, but there are a certain set of expectations that come with each mileage service. These are some of the repairs of services you might expect out of each service mile marker. 30K Mile Service When your car reaches 30k miles, it’s still in relatively new condition but will require a new fuel filter and for you to change out some of the fluids in the vehicle. You should also expect a tire rotation and a general vehicle inspection. 60k Mile Service The 60k mile service is a little bit more demanding than the 30k. You should expect to perform many of the same maintenance actions as the previous service, but also plan on replacing some of the belts and hoses that are starting to wear or look like they might need replacement.  90k Mile Service Once you finally get to the 90k mile mark, the car will start to require replacement of the spark plugs, perhaps the brake pads, and some of the service requirements of the 30k mile mark. When the cars start to get close to 100k miles is when problems start to appear so you might also have some additional repairs based on your individual’s vehicle needs. We have the factory schedules for all makes and models to ensure that your vehicle is meeting these specifications. We can also provide reminders and emails to keep you on track and perform all repairs at a fraction of the cost of what a dealership might...

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What Needs To Be Done To Maintain Wheels, Tires & Alignment?

The wheels, tires, and alignment on your vehicle are built to last, but do require some general maintenance here and there to make sure that they can perform the job expected of them. If you neglect these areas of the car and allow problems to continue, you’ll eventually start to see lower gas mileage, a decrease stopping range, and a less comfortable ride. It’s recommended that you change your tires out about every 50,000-60,000 miles, but you’ll be able to tell when you are due for new tires based upon checking the treads. In between that period of time, you should also be cleaning and inspecting the condition of the wheel. Hitting up against curbsides can damage wheels, but can also cause your vehicle to pick up dust that will poorly impact the life of your brake pads. The best way to determine if you are having trouble with your alignment is to let the wheel run smoothly through your fingers on a clear and straight stretch of road. If the car begins to veer toward any one direction, it’s likely that you need your car re-aligned. The alignment of a vehicle has a lot more to do with the suspension of the vehicle than it does with the tire, so it’s important to bring your car somewhere with experience on a wide variety of car matters. Our shop is stock with all the latest Hunter tire and wheel alignment installation and repair tools including the Hunter TC3700 State-of-the-Art RunFlat capable mounting equipment and the Hunter GSP9700 RoadForce balancer. We service all makes and models and have been a Recommended TireRack.com installer for over 10 years, receiving two shipments daily to ensure that we have the right size and stock of your tire available to provide you with a safe and smooth ride...

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What Are The MERCEDES BENZ Service A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and all Flexible Service Schedules?

Like all the BMWs currently on the road, the Mercedes Benz comes standard with an onboard computer system that collected data about your driving habits for maintenance purposes. This data pertains to things like when you might need to check your oil next, the condition of the filters, and the general wear and tear on the rest of the vehicle.  On average, most of the newer Mercedes only require maintenance about once every 13,000 miles. When your car does require the regular maintenance, it will show an indicator on your dashboard saying ‘Service Due,’ or something like ‘Service B.’ This information might be pretty vague to you, but it is an indicator that it’s probably time to bring your car in to have it checked out. If you notice this warning light on your dashboard, it might be related to one of the following services: –   Short Inspection –   Long Inspection –   Replace Engine Oil & Filter –   Replace Brake Fluid –   Replace Cabin Air Filter –   Replace Engine Air Filter(s) –   Clean/Lubricate Tilting/Sliding Roof –   Clean/Lubricate Panorama Sliding Roof –   Replace Fuel Filter –   Replace Spark Plugs –   Replace Coolant –   Replace Automatic Transmission Fluid & Filter However, as you can see the list can be rather long and you might end up requiring more than one service action from the list above. Our shop has the ability to find what your car needs by just plugging your vehicle into our computer systems. Our Mercedes Scanner computers are able to ‘talk’ with your Mercedes and to examine a full maintenance report on when you’ve last had your car tuned up and what might need to be done. From there, we offer all oils, tires, and parts on site so that we can get your Mercedes maintained and back on the road fast and efficiently. That way you can always know that your car is receiving what it needs, when it needs it....

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