FAQs

Do You Perform Oil, Lube & Filter on ALL Makes & Models?

Motor oil is one of the most important fluids running through your vehicle and allowing the engine to operate. In many ways, you might consider it equivalent to the blood that runs through your body. The purpose of oil is to circulate through the engine and lubricate the interior, protecting the engine, and clean out the interior to increase performance. Without oil or lube inside your car, your vehicle would produce so much friction that it would wear away at the metals and result in a broken vehicle before you know it. But why is that whenever you visit a mechanic or an auto parts store there are so many different choices of oil, lube, and filters to choose from? Depending on the vehicle manufacturer, different cars utilize different performance engines to achieve the same goal. The numbers and differentiations you’ll often see on bottles of motor oil, filters, and lube have to do with certain factors like the viscosity rating–how thin and fluid the substance is–or special certifications endowed for design and manufacturing. Some high mileage motor oils are produced using additive to revitalize engine seals that have been worn down through use. Other motor oils are a synthetic blend, which are better able to hold up to intense heat produced by the engine. It all comes down to what you type of vehicle you are driving and what type of performance power is required of it. To find out which oil, lube, and filter is right for your vehicle, you should consult with your vehicle owner’s manual or stop by today to talk with a technician. Regardless of the make and model for your vehicle, we have the oil, lubes, and filters necessary to maintain your car’s health. We have performed oil changes and general maintenance services on everything from Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota to Aston Martin and...

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How Do I Replace Attached Parts: Interior, Exterior & Lights?

When you find that a light bulb has gone out on your vehicle, or any attached part for that matter, you should get it repair right away. Missing a headlight or a break light could create a danger to other motorists on the road and could get you a hefty ticket if you get pulled over. Fortunately, the repair cost for some of these interior and exterior accessories and lights are fairly minor and don’t need to be switched out too often. For instance, the average lifespan of most light bulbs used in cars is about 5-6 years. In comparison, studies show that people generally own their cars for about the same amount of time; therefore, if you’re lucky you won’t have to change the bulb out during the duration of your ownership. Some of the aftermarket parts, even the manufacturer-installed accessories, can also cause some trouble from time to time. Some might take this as a sign to get a new vehicle, but most of the time it is a quick and simple repair that can be performed on the spot. If you address these problems as soon as they arise, you might find that you’re able to better retain the value of your vehicle and save yourself some money rather than investing in a new car. Regardless of the problem, if your lights do go out for any reason or you are experiencing trouble with an exterior or interior accessory, don’t run off to a professional body shop. Hiring a body shop to perform minor repairs can cost you a lot of money in steep labor costs and overpriced parts. Although we aren’t a body shop, we can replace any and all lights or parts required by your vehicle. Our goal is to minimize inconvenience so that you can get back on the road as soon as possible and enjoy the benefits of quality repair at an affordable...

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Why Is Headlight Restoration Necessary?

Cars spend a lot of time outside underneath the hot sun and facing the elements. Over time, certain cosmetic features of your vehicle will start to fade, including the headlights. When the development of cars began to differentiate themselves more in terms of shape and style, auto manufacturers began switching out the original glass headlights for a hard polycarbonate plastic that was easier to mold. This transition also made cars safer as it reduce the amount of shattered glass in the event of an accident. The problems with these hard plastics–and with any plastic for that matter–is that it doesn’t do very well in the sun. When plastic is exposed to the intense UV rays of the sun for long periods of time like cars are, it will begin to cause miniscule cracks in the top layer. These cracks in combination of dirt and chemicals from the road cause the plastic to undergo a process called oxidation. Oxidation can be dangerous for a vehicle owner because it reduces the amount of light permitted to escape from the bulb; this causes the headlights on your car to get dimmer and dimmer until it becomes a challenge to drive at night.  Headlight restoration can reverse those negative effects quick and easy. The restoration is a process that entails removing the top layer of oxidized plastic to reveal the lower layers that haven’t been affected by the sun. This reduces the cost of replacing the headlight barriers and increases visibility on the road. Restoration can also help at reducing the orange or foggy glare often associated with oxidized headlights. If your headlights aren’t as bright as they used to be, or you are noticing a layer of fog over the lens, we can fix that. Avoid costly headlight replacement with our headlight restoration...

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What Is A BMW Inspection Service?

BMW comes standard in all of their cars with something known as a Condition Based Service (CBS) that monitors the oil levels and general wear and tear on a car. It does this using a combination of sensors and modules that are fitted around the car to give you real time information on every aspect of your vehicle. The sensors on all BMWs are programmed based on an algorithm to provide real time information and narrow down problems to individual parts or maintenance items. These warnings are subject to change or vary depending on your general driving style, the driving conditions the car is asked to perform, and total mileage being put on the car in any given year. The system also watches out for the fluid levels in the car to make sure that you aren’t getting too low on coolant, or don’t require additional oil added while you are driving. All of the data regarding your vehicle can be displayed on a panel in your dashboard known as the iDrive Control Display, which then will provide you with an estimate on when the next service is due. Better yet, the Condition Based Service (CBS) also provides you with a 4-week notice prior to your scheduled service so that it’s never a surprise when you require a trip to the shop. Our shop is fitted with state of the art tools and systems that can be plugged into your vehicle so that this data may be retrieved. We can provide any vehicle repair and maintenance necessary on only the services that are necessary and perform those maintenance recommendations based upon the schedule your car has provided. Once we’re done, we have the capabilities to reset the sensor for you and have you drive off on your way until the next service cycle. So stop by today to inspect your vehicle and take care of those warning...

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How Do You Repair Fuel Systems?

The fuel system, from the gas tank to the engine, is what allows your vehicle to produce the energy and power necessary to make a vehicle work. When you step on the gas, your vehicle will draw from the tank underneath the car using a fuel pump to move the gasoline from one area of the vehicle to the next. All the fuel drawn through the fuel pump will be through fuel lines and sent through a filter to remove any sediment or extra materials that might have managed to find its way into the tank with your gas. This is to avoid clogging the engine and making sure that the only things that enter into the engine are that what can be burned away during the combustion process. Right before the gasoline enters the pistons, the fuel is sprayed out in mists through what is known as the fuel injector and is mixed together with just the right amount of oxygen that is regulated through your car’s electronic control system. From there, emissions from the burnt gasoline are sent through a catalytic converter where it can be transferred into a non-environmentally harmful alternative and released out of your tail pipe. The entire process from start to finish happens in a matter of milliseconds and continues to cycle through over and over again as long as your vehicle is running; however, since there are so many parts involved in the system, there leaves a high degree of probability that one or any of the parts could become damaged or require maintenance. If there are problems with your fuel system, you could see reductions in your miles per gallon, and a decrease in fuel efficiency until it is fixed. Starting with fuel supply (gas tanks, fuel pumps & fuel filters) all the way to the actual fuel delivery (fuel injection and fuel induction) systems: we have the tools and experienced professionals on staff to perform repairs and replacements to put your vehicle back in working order and to provide you with the best possible fuel...

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What Services Are Offered For Acura & Honda?

Acura and Honda are two of the most popular car brands on the road, receiving prestigious awards such as the Top Safety Pick and the All Time Best Selling SUV. If you own one of these two car brands, it’s important to bring your vehicle into someone with experience that understands how to work on that particular model. Rather than bringing your car to a dealerships who you know is going to charge you obscene prices for basic repairs and maintenance, you should bring your car into us so that we can take care of all your vehicle needs at better prices. Since Acura and Honda are owned by the same parent company, both vehicle models have similar maintenance recommendations. When it’s time to change the oil and your vehicle gets down to just 10% oil life remaining, lights will appear on your dashboard with a series of letters and numbers telling you to get it fixed. Understanding all these letters and numbers that difficult if you know what you’re looking for. As a general rule, you’ll see a combination of the initial letter–either A or B–and number from the list below: A: Short check list of vehicle safety items & oil change B: Long check list of vehicle safety items & oil change 1: Tire Rotation 2: Replace Air Filter (for the air the car breathes to improve gas mileage) & Replace Cabin Air Filter (for the air you breathe) 3: Replace Transmission Fluid (Manual or Automatic, to ensure long life and smooth shifting) 4: Replace Spark Plugs (for optimum gas mileage). Replace Timing Belt. 5: Replace Engine Coolant Matching the combination of necessary maintenance requirements, we can perform these replacement or repairs for you and reset the lights. We have all the resource on site so that we can perform this work in no time at all. Call us or bring in your vehicle...

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