FAQs

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...

Read More

What’s Wrong With My Car Air Conditioning Service?

Is you’re driving around and in the heat and your vehicle’s air conditioner is blowing out how air, it may be time to get your air conditioner serviced. A car air conditioner isn’t something you should try to perform yourself. In many ways, a car’s air conditioning unit is a lot like a refrigerator you’d find in your home. It’s filled with a gas-like chemical known as refrigerant and it is centrally located close by your car’s engine, making it a less than welcoming to the do-it-yourself repairman. You might have seen commercials on TV for vacuum type gadgets that claim to recharge your air conditioner and make it cooler. In reality, these devices provide minimal–if any–results. Car air conditioner problems can be related to many different problems. For instance, if your air conditioner isn’t blowing out cold air, it could be because of the cooling fans on your radiator or because there is a leak somewhere that has yet to be detected. Another cause could be less related to the mechanical makeup of the system, and instead it could have to do with not having enough refrigerant in the system. There’s really no way to know without seeing the car in person. The best results that you can achieve is to bring your car in so that our professional technicians can check for leaks, diagnose the problem, and perform quality repairs to recharge your air conditioning system. New coolant can be added and we can test your air conditioner unit so that we’re sure it performs like it should. Don’t try and waste your money away on cheap fixes that will only offer temporary results. Stop by today to get your AC fixed to get yourself back on the road and out of the...

Read More

Where Should I Go With Questions About My Car’s Engine Control System, Mechanical & Performance?

There’s a lot that goes on inside a car to make it work, especially in today’s vehicles. From the electrical current that powers the ignition system to the comfort of your seat warmers, computers have everything to do with a car’s functionality and performance. Computers first became widely used in vehicles upon the passage of the first vehicle emissions laws that require vehicle manufacturers to regulate how much toxic gases were being released into the environment. Then more and more began to get added from engine outward starting with the catalytic converter to the engine control system (ECS), which acts as the central hub for dozens of different sensors around the car. The ECS has a big job to make sure that you are getting the most out of your vehicle. It performs some of the basic tasks like controlling emissions, but it also makes sure that just the right amount of gasoline is being burned to regulate the gas mileage. If this job wasn’t important enough, the ECS is also given the important role of regulating the vehicles anti-lock brakes to ensure you don’t skid while driving, regulates cruise control, and sets the alarm that deters thieves away from your vehicle. When there is a problem with the ECS is when you’ll start to quickly notice mechanical and performance problems with the rest of the vehicle. For instance, you might just see the check engine light on your dashboard, but in many other cases vehicles simply won’t start because there is nothing telling it how to do its job. If you suspect a problem with your ECS or have noticed performance changes in your vehicle, you should bring your car in for an inspection. We have experience with everything that makes your car run, from the computers to the sensors and all parts in between… we can diagnose &...

Read More

Who Do I Go To When My Car’s Experiencing Clutch & Transmission Problems?

When most people think of problems with a transmission, they usually associate the problem with a major replacement and high costs that come along with it. Although transmissions can inherently be costly, just because your clutch or transmission is causing trouble doesn’t mean it’s a fatal problem that is going to force you to sell your vehicle or purchase a replacement. In many cases, both the transmission and the clutch on a vehicle can be repaired regardless of whether your driving around an automatic or manual vehicle; and the cost associated with repairing minor problems will most likely be no where near what it might cost you to replace the transmission or buy a new car. Some of the less severe problems that befall a clutch or transmission have to do with leaks. You can usually tell if this is the case when your vehicle is having trouble engaging gears when you shift; however, if the leak is allowed to continue for a long period of time without taking your car in to seal it off, you might end up causing damage which would force you to perform a replacement. Other problems that your transmission might experience is something known as shift linkage. Shift linkage is where the cables that run around the gears in your vehicle aren’t matching up like they should, usually caused by normal wear and tear of driving the vehicle. You’ll easily be able to tell if this is the case because you either won’t be able to start the car, or the car won’t change gears when you go to drive it. Transmission problems might be one of the last things you want to deal with, but the best thing you can do is to take your vehicle in to get looked at. Our experienced technicians can give you a diagnosis so that you can look over your options. If a problem is found, we can repair or replace transmissions and clutches on both manual and automatic transmissions to take care of your...

Read More

Why Is Your Car’s Electrical Having Trouble?

Electrical problems can arise in even the newest and most luxurious vehicle models. Thanks to modern technology and the vast amount of amenities packed together in today’s cars, it can be tough to root out the cause electrical problems without first determining what doesn’t work. A vehicle’s electrical setup is composed of a battery, an alternator, and starter that have to do with most electrical related trouble. From these components, power is then routed throughout the rest of the vehicle and supplied to some of the main components; things like the warning lights on your dashboard, the electronics in the car, and even some more important things like your steering and brakes can be powered by electricity. If you’re having difficult with something like starting the vehicle, it might just have something to do with a battery that requires replacement; in that case, we do offer a battery and charging station repair for all makes and models. If on the other hand you’re having trouble getting your car’s cigarette lighter or stereo to work, it might be faulty wire that needs replacement or a blown circuit. Either way, an exposed wire or electrical problems can be unsafe, not to mention inconvenient. We can trace, locate & repair all the electrical gremlins in your car… from an inoperative cigarette lighter to more complicated systems. This process starts by taking off the paneling or finding access to the problem’s source. We’ll test the wires inside the vehicle to determine whether or not they are producing an electrical current, and repair or replace as needed to restore the functionality of your vehicle. When the repair process is all said and done, we’ll test to see if the power works and restore the car to pre-repair condition. That way you can drive off with little to no inconvenience and a functional vehicle electrical system....

Read More

How Do Cooling System, Heating System, Belts & Hoses Work?

When you turn on your car and drive down the road, your car’s engine the rotating parts underneath the hood will begin to generate heat. This heat is generated from a combination of combustion and friction that will continue to build up unless something is there to regulate the temperature. The Cooling System Is That Regulator Cars are installed with cooling system that is in charge of regulating temperatures and making sure that the vehicle doesn’t overheat. The cooling system ahs an important job because the engine can’t run when it’s too cold, it has to remain warm but not too hot. It manages the temperature by running coolant–or antifreeze–through a small pipe directly through the engine, taking the heat from the engine and transferring that heat into the air. All the hot air is then transferred into something known as the radiator and then onto the heater core. The heating system works in unison with the main cooling system; that cooling system removes the coolant and returns it through the system to be cooled down before the runs back into the engine once more. Once the heat is collected that hot air can be used to warm the inside of your car during a cold winter day. This transfer all happens through belts and hoses located underneath the hood of the car which help to seal in the temperature variations and prevent it from escaping into the atmosphere. If any of the belts or hoses are broken or compromised, your engine could either overheat or your car’s heater won’t work like it should. The antifreeze in your car is meant to handle the cold temperatures and prevent from freezing over even when the weather outside might be. We can test your antifreeze for cold resistance, acidity & reserve alkalinity to make sure your system is in optimal condition for year round...

Read More