FAQ

Do You Fix Brake Systems?

On a daily basis, vehicle brake systems perhaps take on the greatest amount of wear and tear compared to any other part on your vehicle. Every time you tap on the brakes at a stop light or slam on the brakes to avoid an accident, the pads underneath your car are required to reduce the amount of forward force your car is producing and bring the car to a complete stop.

The average lifespan of most brake pads are about 30,000-60,000 miles. Obvious the faster you drive and the more often you slam on the brakes, the faster your brakes will go out. When your brakes eventually do begin to go out, you can start to notice a few of these common symptoms include:

–   Vibrations

–   Pulling to one side

–   Dashboard warning lights

If you allow these problems to persist, you will then start to hear screeching noise emitted from the bottom of your car, much like the sound you’d expect when metal is rubbing against metal. 

What Are Brake Pads Made Of

Brake pads have to be made of pretty sturdy stuff to be able to hold up to the extreme amount of pressure, otherwise you’d be paying to change these pads out just about every week. Brake pads can be made of many different materials, but most commonly you’ll find brake pads made out of ceramic, composite, or metallic type materials. These materials are then often treated with a friction modifier or filler to increase durability.

We Service All Makes and Models

Our shop offers brake system repair and replacement for all makes and models of your vehicle. Whether you drive around an Alfa to a Volvo, we have all the parts on site to restore the safety of your vehicle and to get your brake systems fixed in a timely and professional manner.

What Does My Computerized Engine Analysis (Check Engine Light) Mean?

The Check engine light is just one of many useful features installed on almost every car dashboard that signifies a problem with your vehicle. It usually comes without the driver expecting it and can cause panic, thinking that something is serious wrong with your car. Although there are many warning lights located on your vehicle, the check engine light is perhaps the vaguest because it can be related to a few different problems.

4 Common Reasons For the Check Engine Light

– Loose Gas Cap

One reason that your check engine light might be coming on is because of a loose gas cap on your vehicle. If you’ve recently filled up with gas, check to see if you completely closed off the gas cap; if so, you may want to consider buying a new cap and seeing if that alleviates the problem.

– Spark Plugs

The spark plugs are what allow your engine to ignite the gasoline in your car and power the pistons. Spark plugs should be periodically changed out once every 30,000-40,000 miles.

– Oxygen Sensor

An oxygen sensor is installed in every vehicle and monitors how much gasoline has gone unburned to regulate gas mileage and how much gasoline is being injected in the engine. Sometimes these sensors need replacement or repair.

– Catalytic Convertor

The catalytic convertor converts all the carbon monoxide produced by your vehicle into less harmful chemicals and helps regulate gas mileage.

Diagnosing The Problem

The easiest way to find out what’s wrong with your car and fix the root cause of the problem is to bring your car in so that we can hook it up to our computerized system. We can service all makes and models, and in addition to the standard OBD II OnBoard Diagnostic Software that we run, we offer specialized factory software for BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and all Volkswagen Audi Group (including: Audi, Bentley, VW & Lamborghini). This means that when your Check Engine or Service Engine Soon Light comes on, we have the technology and know how to properly diagnose & repair your vehicle for optimum performance & gas mileage.

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 Bentley.

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.

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 alternative.

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 it!

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 charge.

Do I Need Emissions Testing & Certified Emissions Repair?

State and national laws require that all vehicles meet certain emissions requirements to drive on public roads. If your car doesn’t meet these requirements, you could be denied your vehicle licensing when you go to renew the tags. If your worried about your vehicle or have previously failed your emissions testing, now might be the perfect time to have your car tested–or retested–for emissions and perform a certified emissions repair if necessary.

Cars can fail an emissions test for many different reasons, but below are some of the most common culprits associated with this problem:

Broken Oxygen Sensor

An oxygen sensor measures how much oxygen is being mixed together with the exhaust gas. This will cause your vehicle to give off a higher level of emissions than it should and could hurt your car’s performance.

Underperforming Evaporative Emission Control System

The evaporative emission control system takes all of the harmful toxins produced by the engine and gets rid of it perform those toxins are allowed to get into the atmosphere.

Faulty Fuel Meter

Problems with the car’s fuel meter can be caused by the electronic control system and can cause the car to fail the emissions test.

Fuel In The Oil

If fuel is allowed to enter into the oil container this could cause your vehicle to produce additional emissions. Symptoms of this problem usually have to do with white smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe or gasoline smells coming from the engine as it is burned away.

Regardless of what’s causing the problem with your vehicle, we can fix it. We perform all emissions testing in accordance with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Air Check Program, and are Certified Emissions Repair Facility. Bring your car in today so that we can perform repairs and make sure that you’re vehicle is road legal.

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 heat.

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 & repair.

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 needs.

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.

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 driving.

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 today!

What’s Causing Problems With My Steering & Suspension?

Has your car been feeling a little off lately? As if it veers off in one direction, or that it just isn’t driving as smooth as it once was? If so, you might be noticing problems with either your steering or suspension that’s impacting vehicle performance.

What Is A Vehicle Suspension?

The vehicle suspension is in charge of minimizing disruptions as you drive between the tire and the surface that it is driving on. As the car moves, the wheels need to make contact with the road to maintain a smooth and efficient ride for you as the driver; however, the problem is that no road is completely flat.

The suspension absorbs any of the energy absorbed through the road and the tire and distributes that energy throughout the underside of the car to minimize the jolt or impact the vehicle feels and the rate at which the tires leave the ground.

In addition to making the ride more comfortable, a vehicle suspension helps to keep you safe. At the speed that most cars travel on highways, if the tires were allowed to leave the ground for any period of time, you run the risk of sliding out of control if the ground is wet, or losing the ability to steer your vehicle out of harm’s way in the blink of a second. A troubled suspension gives you less control over the steering, meaning less control of the vehicle.

Fixing The Problem

There are a lot of pieces and mechanics that make up the suspension, but they all work in unison to provide you with the best possible ride. If your car is feeling like it isn’t as responsive as it should, we can repair or replace everything under your car that ensures your safety and a smooth ride, including: Shocks, Struts, Control Arms, Bushings, Tie Rods, Steering Linkages, Rack & Pinions, and more.

What’s The Purpose Of Exhaust Systems?

The exhaust system is a combination of pipes that runs through your vehicle to perform essential–but often overlooked–jobs; but perhaps the most important role of the exhaust is to take harmful gasses out of the engine and find a place to get rid of it.

An exhaust system is composed of many different components that allow it to operate. Stemming from the engine compartment is manifold which is connect to the engine cylinders and transfers all the fumes produced into one pipe. That pipe then takes in all the harmful emissions produced by the engine and transfer those gases into what is known as a catalytic converter and an oxygen sensor.

The catalytic converter is usually composed of platinum and rhodium. This device takes in all of the gas, and thanks to a little high school science is able to chemically convert these harmful gasses into harmless gasses; the gases are then transferred onto to something known as the header-back, which continues to move the emissions throughout the car.

As the incredibly hot gases move through the header back, they are then passed through a silencer box. The silencer box reduces vibrations and moves the gas toward the tailpipe underneath you vehicle. From there, the gas is released from the pipe and allowed to enter into the atmosphere. If the catalytic converter wasn’t a part of the chain of movement, the toxic gas from every car on the road would be floating in the air around you.

The entire process from start to finish occurs very quickly, but it doesn’t just benefit the environment. The exhaust system also helps to make your vehicle engine more efficient by removing these gases and helps to reduce the noise that you might otherwise hear.

If you are noticing rattling noises, foul odors, or you’re just considered about your vehicle…we can fix it! Bring your car in for an inspection so that our licensed specialists can diagnose the problem and provide you with a quote.

Will My Car Pass State Inspections?

In the state of Virginia, all vehicles are required by law to pass a Vehicle Safety Inspection based on regulations in accordance with the Virginia State Police. During the state inspection, you might be wondering what you can expect and whether or not your car is in suitable condition to pass. The cost of the inspection is $16 for passenger vehicles, $12 for motorcycles, and $51 for larger vehicles and tractor trailers; so if you want to avoid paying twice, it can be a good idea to understand the requirements ahead of time.

During The Inspection

When you take your car in the for inspection, the state official will start by inspecting the brakes and the exterior lighting on your vehicle to determine if the bulbs or brake pads are worn out or in good working condition. The lights must also be the approved bulb type and a legal lens color; this includes turn signals and the functionality, headlights, and fog lights.

The inspection will then move onto the suspension, tires, and wheels of the vehicle to determine if there are suspension fluid leaks, cracks, or severe damage, which would deem the vehicle unsafe. Then followed up with a check of the windshield, horn, seatbelts and air horns.

Upon inspecting all of the obvious visual aspects of your vehicle, they will perform an emissions test to check for air pollution and how well the exhaust performs, and the fuel systems to determine any potential leaks, driving belts, and fluid levels.

After The Inspection

After the entire inspection is over and they have gone through 24-point checklist, most of which that is described above, they will issue an inspection ticket if the car has passed. If not, they will require you to repair the problems and return for an additional test. If you do have to return, you will be forced to pay for an additional inspection fee.

If your vehicle has failed the inspection, or you want to ensure that your vehicle is in good working order before you try, bring your car in to your shop. We are very familiar with the inspection laws and can repair and replace anything necessary so that you pass and can legally get your vehicle licensed.

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.

Can You Perform Windshield Repair & Wipers Replacement?

Cracked windshields or worn out wiper blades can create a safety hazard and reduce your visibility on the road. In the event of a rainstorm, these problems could pose a serious risk to you and the occupants inside the vehicle. Fortunately both windshield replacement wiper blade replacements are relatively simple repair jobs and in some cases, a cracked windshield might even be covered by your insurance company.

In the event that the chip or crack in the windshield is small enough, it might not require a complete replacement. Using a special resin, these small imperfections can be filled so that they aren’t noticeable and so that they also don’t run the risk of creating even more damage to the windshield; however, if you don’t repair the chip right away, the vibrations of the car can cause the chip to expand and cause even greater damage to the windshield.

For large cracks or gashes in the windshield caused by an accident or by flying debris, windshield replacement might be required. Trained professionals will remove the old windshield and make sure that there are no small glass particles left behind. Then, the new windshield will be installed and sealed in place.

Wiper blades or problems with the wiper arm can be repaired or replaced by matching up the new blade with the vehicle model. The size of the windshield and visible area is different from vehicle to vehicle so windshield blades are made in different lengths and sizes.

If you require either service, the first thing to do is to check in with your auto insurance provider and to determine if you are covered; from there we can arrange the repair or replacement based on your method of payment. We also stock all makes and models of windshield wiper blades, and if we don’t have it immediately we can have it shipped to our store the same day.

Are You In Need Of Towing Services?

If you’re stuck on the side of the road or you’re just trying to get your broken down vehicle to the closest repair shop, you need to be careful of which tow company you choose to hire. Hiring a tow truck company is an important choice and should involve a certain degree of trust and value so that you know you are putting your vehicle in the right hands.

Different tow truck companies price their services based on a few different business models. The most common is to charge a flat rate for the first several miles; for example, $100 for the first 7 miles. After that initial 7 miles, you’ll then be charged a few dollars for every mile after that. If you are trying to free a vehicle that is stuck in the mud or sand, you could find yourself paying even more for a tow truck to wench your vehicle free.

In addition to thinking about costs, you want to make sure that towing your vehicle isn’t going to cause any more damage that might have already occurred. By allowing someone to tow your vehicle you want that individual to have experience so to minimize the risk of damage and get your vehicle to the final destination safely. If you end up hiring a company that doesn’t have a lot of experience just based on cost, you could run into serious problems as a result.

For the most reliable and professional service, to bring your vehicle in to our shop, we highly recommend the exclusive services of T&T Towing. T&T Towing is a local company that is quick to do the job and a perfect combination of professional and value. They’ll treat your vehicle like it is their own and ensure the safe transportation of your car from start to finish.

To contact T&T Towing directly, please call 703-795-9659.

What Does It Mean If My Air Bag Light System Comes On?

The dashboard on your vehicle is full of many useful features that can provide you diagnostic information about the health of your vehicle. When you first start the vehicle, the computer chip in your vehicle should flash all the lights and make sure that things are working, as they should; however, if any of the lights don’t turn off, it might signify that something is wrong with the car.

One of these useful little lights on the main panel is an airbag light that usually looks like a small person with a ball shaped airbag in its lap. If you’re driving around and see your airbag light up on the dashboard, you can probably narrow it down to a few reasons. Either your airbag has recently been deployed and you haven’t gotten around to resetting it; or, it could also mean that there is a problem with the deployment system preventing the bag from functioning in the event of a crash.

What Should You Do?

Airbags play a significant role in keeping you safe in the event of an emergency. Even if you are the best driver on the road, you can’t control every factor on the road to ensure your safety so you should never ignore this warning light. Take your vehicle in for inspection as soon as possible to get the problem fixed and ensure the safety of you and your family.

Just like your check engine light, it can be very difficult to diagnose the problem on your own using just a visual inspection. We have experienced professionals on staff and state-of-the art computers to diagnose your car and help to determine the best way to fix the problem. We can perform the repair quickly to minimize inconvenience and get you back on the road in no time.

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 home.

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 services.

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 efficiency.

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 lights.

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 cost.